AARP director resigns in disgrace

Rodger Wetzel is no longer the director of AARP North Dakota. I don’t much care for the idea of being fired for one’s opinions, but lying to the public while appearing in a campaign for a controversial constitutional amendment probably justifies dismissal from a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, whose tax status, let alone the public trust, depends on impartiality.

I have a problem with the Measure 1 committee painting the picture using Wetzel’s office and associating an impartial group with their views. The AARP is, among other things, the primary sponsor of the election debates on Prairie Public, not exactly a role that ought to be played by an organization that plays favourites.

Wetzel is lying to the elderly about what Measure 1 takes off the table, when he says Measure 1 will have no impact on end-of-life issues.  For one thing, Measure 1 would make do-not-resuscitate (DNR) orders illegal.  Under Measure 1, hospitals would be unable to “pull the plug” on anyone, even if they were in constant pain and screaming (or issuing muffled complaints from under the ventilator).  You would have the court-ordered inalienable “right” to suffer through every treatment modern medicine has to offer, despite your protests, until your body finally gives up anyway.

So yeah, I’m voting NO on Measure 1.

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