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LETTER: Avoiding pain and suffering
Anyone would conclude from our MP’s arguments in her Parliamentary column of August 28 that assisted dying would become compulsory. Plenty of research now shows that by no means all acute pain and suffering can be alleviated by palliative care. Under the terms of the Bill, anyone so suffering would be able to continue living if they so wished. One is not in fact asking for much here: merely the wish not to be compelled to undergo such pain and suffering. I find it a matter of increasing arrogance on the part of the opposers of the Bill that they would insist on some people continuing with their suffering when the same opposers may never themselves be put to the literally agonising test.
 

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OUT IN THE FIELD: Stop speeding along the ‘rat run’
For as long as I can recall, and certainly since Cross Levels Way was built, Sevenoaks Road has long been a cut through for motorists who want to get from one side of the town to the other. And, despite there being two schools on one side of the road and a popular children’s park on the other side, it’s never really got to the top of the highways list of priorities for traffic calming. There is a 30mph speed limit but few drivers seem to take note of it and residents will tell you of a catalogue of near misses and prangs as speeding motorists drive between the junctions with Willingdon Drove to Langney Rise. Hopefully the need for some sort of speed restricting devices will be pushed higher up the agenda now after Monday night’s crash when a car careered off the road and into a family home. It’s a miracle nobody was killed.
 

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