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John Eyster
Tuesday, February 19, 2013


I read the Gazette’s article yesterday reading the e-edition online here in Clearwater, FL, “Small turnout expected Tuesday” by Frank Schultz. The only state-wide primary is for our WI Supreme Court to select the two candidates for the General Election on April 2, 2013 from the three primary candidates on today’s ballot.

Marilyn & I are going to contribute to the low voter turnout inadvertently. I confess, we had not been paying attention to the Primary Election date when we set-up our trip to Clearwater, FL to visit my ailing mother, Betty Eyster. We would have cast ABSENTEE BALLOTS if we had been paying attention. We did NOT! DISappointed!

My mother will be 100 on August 7, 2013 if she lives. She has excellent care in assisted living home and suffers from dementia. Her short-term memory is very, very short – sometimes minutes.

She has NOT remembered day-to-day of our visit. We arrived on Valentine’s Day and shared VALENTINES from her WI grandsons (Elijah, 22 months; Zak 8 years; Jordan 12 years). She enjoyed reading through the Valentines with the pictures.

On Friday when we arrived, she did NOT remember that we had been there on Valentine’s Day (Thursday). We gave her the Valentines again and she enjoyed them as IF she had never seen them before.

BIG ADVANTAGE: Every experience every day is brand new! DISadvantage: She is very, very fearful because she does NOT KNOW where she is, who she is, etc. We have set-up increased care for her with the hope that will provide her the reassurance she needs. Time will tell…

Truth be told, my mother’s MIND is essentially “dead.” She was a leader in physical conditioning and led the groups at her condominium park in Clearwater for years. Mom is in EXCELLENT PHYSICAL CONDITION. Her doctor reports that she is HEALTHY & STRONG so she could live for a long time PHYSICALLY. Sad reality, I think.

I myself am an advocate for “DEATH WITH DIGNTY” laws and WISH such a choice were available here in FL. I also wish such a choice were available in WI. I hope that as I continue to mature (get older), we will have “DEATH WITH DIGNITY” legislation in WI.

I like the OREGON DEATH WITH DIGNTY ACT. If you want to read more about that law, you can use this link, «Death with Dignity Act» on the Oregon Health Authority website. Valuable information.

I am a member of the Death with Dignity National Center.

The summary description of the center from the website reads, “Death with Dignity National Center is a 501(c)3, non-partisan, non-profit organization that has led the legal defense and education of the Oregon Death with Dignity Law for nearly 20 years. The Death with Dignity Political Action Fund is a distinct and separate 501(c)4 entity responsible for the political defense of the Oregon law and the promotion of death with dignity initiatives in other states. Our board of directors is comprised of some of the death with dignity movement's most esteemed medical, legal and scholarly experts.”

What is YOUR comment on “Death with Dignity”?

LOOKING FORWARD to being home in WI later today! HOME, SWEET HOME! Last Sunday (2/17) night was the COLDEST of the winter here with FROST. My wife’s sister who lives in Sarasota called to tease us, “The COLD weather is to help prepare you to return home to WI.” HA!

Since yesterday afternoon, the warmth is returning to this area of FL … 60’s with 70’s today and the 80’s next weekend… to be honest, I prefer the 60’s and low 70’s rather than 80’s, so I have no complaint with the weather here in FL on this visit. Comfortable for me!


Here we go…

Mr. E.

Last updated: 9:24 am Monday, April 29, 2013

John W. Eyster lives in the Edgerton area. He is an adjunct professor assigned with the online/distance education faculty of Viterbo University, LaCrosse. He continues his personal mission supporting democracy/civics education in Wisconsin K-12 schools through Project Citizen, We the People, Discovering Democracy (Milton HS). John is a community blogger and is not a part of The Gazette staff or management.

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