Lets hope compromise
can be reached on
Corridor H issue
Word that Gov. Cecil Underwood and his administration
are willing to work with the group Corridor H Alternatives to find a less
damaging way to complete Corridor H is great news for all of us in Central
The long-awaited highway has been stalled since
the issue became tied up in a lengthy court battle. In February, a federal
appeals court said the state hadnt considered ways to avoid or lessen
possible damage to two historic locations Corricks Ford Civil War site
near Parsons and the Battle of Moorefield site in Hardy County.
Now, the two sides see the value of compromise.
The state will explore the possibility of changes in the Corridor H project
that could avoid, reduce or mitigate impacts on historic properties, Transportation
Secretary Sam Bonasso told the Charleston Gazette.
Corridor H Alternatives will no longer attempt to block the construction
of the Northern Elkins Bypass section while working with the state to find
the best way to complete the final 100-mile segment from Elkins to the
Virginia state line.
Hugh Rogers, spokesman for Corridor H Alternatives, said the group
has always known the four-lane bypass around Elkins was important. He said
the group is looking forward to working with the state to find solutions
to complete the project.
We are happy to be cooperating with (the state) to build roads
where they are needed, and we are looking forward to further discussions
about ways to solve our transportation problems without harming our special
places, Rogers said.
Its a lot cheaper for everyone involved if we can do this without
more litigation. I hope we can find some compromises, Rogers said.
Were all counting on it.
Todays editorial reflects the opinion of the Exponent editorial
board, which includes William J. Sedivy, John G. Miller, Julie R. Cryser,
James Logue, Kevin Courtney and Cecil Jarvis.
Dr. Death verdict of
was appropriate one
Assisted suicide advocate Dr. Jack Kevorkian faces
an April 14 sentencing date after being found guilty of second-degree murder.
He had invited a murder prosecution by injecting lethal drugs into a man
on camera and having the videotape aired on natural television. We are
comfortable with the jurys verdict.
This was not the classic murder case by any means.
It was not a situation where a person takes anothers life for reasons
of revenge, robbery or the usual motives. Kevorkian continually maintained
that the death of 52-year-old Thomas Youk was an act of compassion rather
than an act of murder. But we are still comfortable with the verdict.
We do not believe for a minute that any malice was
involved in the death. In fact, Youks wife had hoped to testify on Kevorkians
behalf. She knew Kevorkians intent was just to end her husbands pain.
But we continue to be comfortable with the verdict comfortable because
there is most definitely another side of the story.
Even by the doctors own count, he has assisted
in 130 suicides over a span of nine years, most of them described as crude
events that took place in such places as motel rooms, with the bodies left
for pickup or dropped off at emergency rooms. Still, juries simply would
not punish him for his actions.
Despite the fact that Kevorkian claimed he assisted
with the suicide to put an end to Youks suffering from Lou Gehrigs
Disease the high-profile Michigan doctor is not God. A life is between
a person and his or her Creator.
To us, there may be a fine line between providing
someone a means to end his or her own life and actually ending it for that
person. But there is a division nevertheless. Perhaps the victim did
want to die and the killer possessed higher ideals than most murderers
are known for having.
Maybe you support assisted suicide. Perhaps you
call it euthanasia. After all, that does have a better sound to it. But
the bottom line remains: we are still talking homicide here.
Only when those who suffer are acting of their own
free will, having been counseled as to the alternatives yet following through,
albeit exclusively as a last resort it is only then that assisted suicide
should be even so much as contemplated. And then it should be in accordance
with guidelines of the strictest medical and legal ethics.
Dr. Jack Kevorkian received a just sentence, we
feel. The jury was not cruel. His action led to the death of a human being,
even though that person requested his assistance. By having it videotaped
and aired on national television, to us it was as if he was boasting of
the act. This hardly fits our idea of true compassion.
Maybe not murder one, but the second-degree murder
conviction seems appropriate, when you really think about it.
Robert F. Stealey
Telegram editorial page chairman