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Letters to the editor

April 16, 2014

Endorsing Deuell

GREENVILLE — To the editor:

Endorsement of Bob Deuell for Texas Senate District 2

What kind of person do we want representing the citizens of District 2 in the Texas senate? I have known Dr. Bob Deuell well for over 30 years, as medical colleague, friend, and Christian brother. I have first-hand knowledge of the quality of his medical practice, the quality of his character, and the sacrifices he has made to  serve his constituents.

Bob is blessed with an easy going, winsome personality that stands him in good stead and has helped him earn the respect of fellow legislators. He has become an effective spokesman for the district, a voice that makes a difference.

In my judgment Dr. Deuell embodies the values and public policy positions of the majority of the citizenry of the 2nd district. As such, he is endorsed by a “who’s who” of state organizations, with one curious exception, Texas Right to Life. Curious, because he is strongly prolife. So much so that he was one of the legislative leaders in the passage of Senate Bill 303 that would have significantly strengthened the position of patients and families dealing with end-of-life issues.

I have been the recipient of some misleading and factually incorrect material distributed by Texas Right to Life. Apparently the Catholic Bishops of Texas have been also. Their executive director, Jeffrey R. Patterson, responding in a letter to the Texas legislature April 12, 2013, stated in part “It is outrageous that an organization purportedly committed to the rights and dignity of life would resort to such disingenuous tactics that deceive honest and caring people.”

On a personal note, my family has had its share of tragedies and faced difficult end-of-life issues. We have been upheld by our Christian faith, by our brothers and sisters in Christ, and by caring physicians like Dr. Deuell. When it comes, I would not be afraid to have him handle my final illness.

James H. Sandin, M.D., F.A.C.S.



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