One for the 19th hole
I RECENTLY read the article in the Fremantle Herald about the benefits of golf to individuals and the community (“Getting into the swing of life”, MBS, Herald, Nov 17, 2018).
I am over 80 years of age and have belonged to a women’s club playing at the Fremantle Public Course every Thursday for about 36 years.
We play golf in all weathers and currently we have to change in one of two toilets as there is no shower provided.
I don’t live in the Fremantle area – I travel from Lathlain every week – and I would like to see the planned new facilities at the course include an adequate change room with a shower so that I can change to go shopping or visit friends in the area.
I am sure the local players would also benefit when they come off the course after one of the many wet and windy days we experience.
I will continue to travel and play with the group, not just because of the health benefits of playing golf (I could do that at other courses much closer to home), but also because of the social benefits over the years and of course friendships made.
Midgley Street, Lathlain
ON Sunday I decided to take my East Coast guest to Fremantle and visit the new E Shed Markets.
We parked, paid the ticket machine, had a wander around and came out to find a parking infringement ticket. The comment said “displayed ticket isn’t valid”.
Now for starters, the machine does not issue tickets, you enter the vehicle rego number. The ticket referred to was from a previous place we had parked.
This lazy officer couldn’t even be bothered to check for my rego number, which he/she would have found was duly registered and paid for.
Made such a bad impression on my Queensland guest, and now I’m spending my morning making complaints and trying to get the fine reversed.
Waddell Road, Bicton
In charge of my own endgame
I AM a 72-year-old man.
I’m relatively fit, healthy and active. I enjoy life and am blessed with a wonderful family.
As I get older I know that I will succumb to age-related infirmity and disease of one kind or another leading inevitably to my death.
Hopefully I’ll be afforded a quick and merciful end, but if not, my demise might otherwise progress from conditions of physical degeneration, mental incapacitation or any number of other unpleasant diseases associated with advancing age.
I’m not persuaded that ticking over in a nursing home or waiting to die in palliative care represents any quality of life worth living.
In such circumstances, I want to make personal choices as to whether I wish to live on with a deteriorating and burdensome quality of life, or end my life quickly with some degree of comfort and dignity.
Frankly, I want to be in charge of my own endgame.
I want my intention to die, as I see fit, to be properly recognised and facilitated by the law.
I want parliament to enact sensible end-of-life legislation that respects my right as a senior citizen to choose my own death on my own terms.
I would suggest that we, the elderly, from say an age of 70, as a cohort, should be empowered to make their personal life or death choices.
I would respectfully propose, therefore, that end-of-life laws should enable the right of every senior citizen to choose, if they wish, humane, dignified means of terminating their own life.
Wardie St, South Fremantle