What I sought in information and discourse I instead acquired in a certain knowledge communicated with few words and yet a tangible emotion. I was in a realm of understanding because I too am a parent. And for a parent to lose a child is a most unnatural occurrence that should never be experienced. I understood her pain because I feared the experience of having to live through it myself.
I had my answer then. I will fight for my friend and her family. I will write letters, sign petitions and attend parole hearings. And if given the opportunity, I will speak out against the injustice of granting rights to those who willingly gave them up in the act of terminating the life of another.
This is my choice and I ask you to join me for the sake of those who lost their lives and their families who had only a tentative hold on regaining their peace of mind until this misguided ruling was made.
Joe D’Amore lives in Groveland.