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What you said about what we said last week

Bills under consideration in D.C. and Maryland that would allow terminally ill patients to obtain an aid-in-dying prescription were the subjects of last week’s two cover stories. “Please continue to advocate and support the cause of terminal patients to have the choice to end their lives,” nancy sansom commented on the Maryland piece. “It is cruel and unhuman to force these patients to endure this terrible pain, when their end is obvious. We are kinder to our pets and allow them to die with dignity, why not people?” Typical DC BS, who commented on the D.C. article, agreed: “This legislation is vital. Glad they are taking the time to thoughtfully consider the implications of this legislation and hopefully craft procedures used successfully in other states. We treat suffering animals better than dying people. Having helped care for a dying grandfather whose last days were a painful hell (albeit he was unconscious due to high levels of morphine at times), his wishes for an end to his suffering expressed numerous times was heartbreaking. Not being able to legally grant his wishes was frustrating.”

Typical DC BS Indeed, on the other hand, took issue with the D.C. piece, commenting that it sounded like an editorial. (While the article extensively featured the bill’s introducer, Mary Cheh, it also highlighted comments from people on both sides of the debate.) MikenotIke raised his objections, “Dear Commissar Cheh, Thank you for taking the initiative to eliminate those who make our lives burdensome. Please press ahead on other valiant initiatives to ensure order in the People’s Republic of DC.”

Make Plastic Trees

We hope readers took the time to finish Lisa Rowan’s feature on the D.C. Public Library’s Fabrication and Studio labs, which feature 3-D printers, a laser cutter, and recording equipment, before running out to try the tools for themselves. D_Rez summed up the reaction in the comments: “I have to say this is absolutely amazing. Good job, DCPL.”

While the piece highlighted the labs’ positives, it also noted that the challenges, including limited studio space for musicians. One percussionist in the article questioned who actually uses the recording equipment. Librarian @juliagertrud replied, “Teens do! Studio consistently booked solid when only open to 13-19 yr-olds. Can’t wait for adults to discover it too!”

The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, where the labs are housed, is set to undergo a major renovation in the coming years, and its collections will be housed in interim spaces during construction. D.C. librarian and Reddit user robotnique made the case for visiting ASAP: “There are six 3d printers and it is shockingly cheap because you only have to pay for the material. That being said my favorite is the laser cutter. My colleague on a whim had it etch a map of Westeros onto the outside of his coffee thermos. Great, great detail.”