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Wyo. Couple Write Notes, Commit Suicide
MyWay ^ | 01/05/04 | unknown

Posted on 01/05/2005 2:34:33 PM PST by rocksblues

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - A local columnist and her businessman husband committed suicide on New Year's Day after sending out their obituary, letters to friends and a newspaper column supporting "death with dignity," authorities said.

The obituary stated that Ethan and Helen Levine, both suffering from serious illness, died together "through united self-deliverance," according to the Wyoming Tribune-Eagle of Cheyenne and the Casper Star-Tribune, which received copies. http://apnews.myway.com/article/20050105/D87E4IQO1.html Wyo. Couple Write Notes, Commit Suicide The bodies were found Tuesday by Laramie County sheriff's deputies, who went to check on the couple after the obituary and letters were delivered. Laramie County Coroner Bill Ryan said Wednesday that the Levines appear to have died from carbon monoxide poisoning.

Helen Levine, 73, had been a columnist for both newspapers and was formerly public information officer for the state health department. Her husband, Ethan Levine, 50, had been manager of Frontier Mall and served on the Tribune-Eagle editorial board.

The final column Helen Levine wrote for the Casper Star-Tribune reminded readers of her support for "death with dignity," the newspaper said. She also wrote that the couple had "experienced insults" related to their jobs, and she criticized President Bush for the war in Iraq and other things.

The newspaper quoted from the submission in a news story but does not plan to publish the column, which it said came in the mail Tuesday.

In their letter to friends, the Levines described their health problems - Ethan Levine had multiple sclerosis and diabetes and his wife had heart disease. Their letter called MS "a great age equalizer" that brought chronic fatigue and pain.

"We know what we feel and why we have made this choice," the letter said. "We also know that our decision may not be met with the same understanding by you. All we can ask is for you to respect our choice and understand this was something we both felt so strong about."

Jim Angell, director of the Wyoming Press Association, said the two "were both very, very smart debaters. If you ever got on the opposite side of a political issue, they'd talk until they wore you down."

Gov. Dale Freudenthal had appointed Helen Levine to the Wyoming Senior Services Board. In a statement, Freudenthal said, "I have known Ethan and Helen both for years and years and considered them friends for a long time."


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She also wrote that the couple had "experienced insults" related to their jobs, and she criticized President Bush for the war in Iraq and other things.

I knew it. It's Bush's fault.

1 posted on 01/05/2005 2:34:34 PM PST by rocksblues
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To: rocksblues

buh bye


2 posted on 01/05/2005 2:35:58 PM PST by UseYourHead (Beware of the Rinos - McCain, Hagel, Lugar, and Specter)
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To: UseYourHead

Pardon me?


3 posted on 01/05/2005 2:36:59 PM PST by rocksblues (RINO's = McCain, Lott, Collins, Hagel, Coleman, Specter, Frist ! developing)
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To: rocksblues

Somehow or another, everything is Bush's fault.


4 posted on 01/05/2005 2:37:04 PM PST by Angry Republican (Screw the Sun! Ehrlich in '06!)
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To: rocksblues
She also wrote that the couple had "experienced insults" related to their jobs, and she criticized President Bush for the war in Iraq and other things.

They sound a touch kooky.

Maybe they should seek professional help before they make any more rash decisions.

5 posted on 01/05/2005 2:37:28 PM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: UseYourHead

Satan's new playthings.


6 posted on 01/05/2005 2:38:11 PM PST by Sybeck1 (Why do Red States have Blue Senators?)
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To: rocksblues

When Liberal Collide ...


7 posted on 01/05/2005 2:39:14 PM PST by af_vet_1981
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To: UseYourHead

It's really tough working up a tear for these two.


8 posted on 01/05/2005 2:39:57 PM PST by Mr. Lucky
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To: rocksblues

I'm sure they'll be voting in the next election.


9 posted on 01/05/2005 2:40:19 PM PST by MisterRepublican ("I must go. I must be elusive.")
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To: dead; Angry Republican

Sick people. I just knew when I found this article there would be some mention of Bush.


10 posted on 01/05/2005 2:40:20 PM PST by rocksblues (RINO's = McCain, Lott, Collins, Hagel, Coleman, Specter, Frist ! developing)
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To: rocksblues

If you ever got on the opposite side of a political issue, they'd talk until they wore you down."


Well, since they blame Bush for everything it's obvious we are on opposite sides of the table and they could talk until they were blue in the face but I can tell ya they NEVER would have changed my mind. NEVER, NEVER, NEVER.

Long live George W. Bush


11 posted on 01/05/2005 2:41:08 PM PST by cubreporter
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To: MisterRepublican

Yup, In Washington State... King County to be exact!


12 posted on 01/05/2005 2:42:29 PM PST by P-Chan Penny (I wouldn't be caught dead voting for a Democrat... unless I died in King County.)
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To: Mr. Lucky; All

If a liberal falls in the woods and no one is around does it make sound?


13 posted on 01/05/2005 2:45:06 PM PST by HonestConservative (Bless our Servicemen!)
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To: cubreporter
If you ever got on the opposite side of a political issue, they'd talk until they wore you down.

Makes me think of Chris Matthews, etc!

14 posted on 01/05/2005 2:45:14 PM PST by rocksblues (RINO's = McCain, Lott, Collins, Hagel, Coleman, Specter, Frist ! developing)
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To: cubreporter

They're blue in the face now.


15 posted on 01/05/2005 2:46:07 PM PST by jjmcgo
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To: Angry Republican
"Somehow or another, everything is Bush's fault."

Isn't that the truth? The liberals disgust me with their attempts to make any and everything political and President Bush's fault.

The liberals show their true contemptible colors everyday. I say keep on letting them be stupid and dig their own graves even deeper.

16 posted on 01/05/2005 2:47:40 PM PST by libs_kma (USA: The land of the Free....Because of the Brave!)
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To: libs_kma
After reviewing my response, I may have used a wrong choice of words for this article. I meant "dig their own graves" metaphorically.
17 posted on 01/05/2005 2:50:56 PM PST by libs_kma (USA: The land of the Free....Because of the Brave!)
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To: rocksblues
Self-deliverance? Too bad they never sought beyond themselves for deliverance.

And as to the Bush reference....can you imagine how small their world must have been?

18 posted on 01/05/2005 2:52:56 PM PST by anniegetyourgun
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To: jjmcgo

Nice image!


19 posted on 01/05/2005 2:54:32 PM PST by rocksblues (RINO's = McCain, Lott, Collins, Hagel, Coleman, Specter, Frist ! developing)
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To: rocksblues
"Liberals" no doubt - makes one wonder what means they used to end their lives? Of course, they probably had no firearms - so it must have been other means.
20 posted on 01/05/2005 2:57:01 PM PST by RAY (They that do right are all heroes!)
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To: anniegetyourgun
I think they tried their great debating skills one to many times. Then when their hero Kerry was soundly defeated they couldn't stand the thought that they were being viewed as progressive idiots.
21 posted on 01/05/2005 2:59:27 PM PST by rocksblues (RINO's = McCain, Lott, Collins, Hagel, Coleman, Specter, Frist ! developing)
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To: rocksblues
All we can ask is for you to respect our choice and understand this was something we both felt so strong about."

If they were so very smart, then why did they say they felt so strong about it instead of the correct word: strongly? Answer? Because they weren't so smart, they just thought they were.

22 posted on 01/05/2005 2:59:41 PM PST by luv2ski
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To: MisterRepublican

>I'm sure they'll be voting in the next election<

WBROLTFLMHO if it was'nt so true!


23 posted on 01/05/2005 2:59:42 PM PST by Paperdoll (on the cutting edge.!)
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To: libs_kma
"The liberals show their true contemptible colors everyday. I say keep on letting them be stupid and dig their own graves even deeper."

Indeed. With todays latest fiasco, lets watch Barb. Boxer and Conyers keep digging in the hole they are already in with this thing about electoral votes. It should be fun. Just when you think the bar couldn't be any lower, they find new ground (excuse the overuse of digging puns).
24 posted on 01/05/2005 3:02:31 PM PST by HonestConservative (Bless our Servicemen!)
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To: af_vet_1981

How about "God Bless them?" Being opposed to the war does not mean they should die. Have some compassion.


25 posted on 01/05/2005 3:05:30 PM PST by followerofchrist
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To: jjmcgo

"They're blue in the face now."

ROFL !
At least they didn't die of anything serious.


26 posted on 01/05/2005 3:06:59 PM PST by Senormechanico
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To: rocksblues

Sick people? Is that what you would say had the suiciders been republicans? God Bless them and forgive them for ending their lives, despite political differences. God does not HATE people based on worldly political views. It is His platform, rather than the republican platform, that matters in the end, no?


27 posted on 01/05/2005 3:08:26 PM PST by followerofchrist
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To: jjmcgo

To tell you the truth I'd like to see a few more blue faces, I can't believe I said that shame on me


28 posted on 01/05/2005 3:08:56 PM PST by MEpajamaMONSTER (Bad dog bad dog!)
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To: followerofchrist
Bless them how exactly ?

They already committed suicide.
29 posted on 01/05/2005 3:09:02 PM PST by af_vet_1981
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To: rocksblues

I was missing a few RINOs - I'll have to fix that.


30 posted on 01/05/2005 3:09:05 PM PST by UseYourHead (Beware of the Rinos - McCain, Hagel, Lugar, and Specter)
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To: jjmcgo

What a horrendous thing to say. May God forgive you!


31 posted on 01/05/2005 3:09:26 PM PST by followerofchrist
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To: followerofchrist

Your feelings are too easily hurt. Get over it.


32 posted on 01/05/2005 3:11:32 PM PST by Mr. Lucky
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To: rocksblues

Eh they used their illnesses as copouts.
If Kerry was President elect right now, those two would still be taking up oxygen.
Should check out DUers sympathetic response to these miscreants


33 posted on 01/05/2005 3:11:38 PM PST by Selkie
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To: followerofchrist
"How about "God Bless them?" Being opposed to the war does not mean they should die. Have some compassion."

Not to mention the fact that they both had the experience of simultaneously deteriorating into a difficult and painful existence while watching the person they loved most experience the same thing. The question is, which hurts more: living through each day of increasing pain and deterioration or watching the person you love go through the same thing?
34 posted on 01/05/2005 3:11:40 PM PST by NJ_gent (Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you; and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.)
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To: rocksblues

naw...it was the sighting of the "Mother-ship" that drove them over the edge...

Oh well...send the bodies to the rendering plant...

MD


35 posted on 01/05/2005 3:14:40 PM PST by MD_Willington_1976
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To: Selkie

As there was no mention of children I nominate these two for the Darwin's.


36 posted on 01/05/2005 3:15:48 PM PST by rocksblues (RINO's = McCain, Lott, Collins, Hagel, Coleman, Specter, Frist ! developing)
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To: rocksblues
"the two "were both very, very smart debaters. If you ever got on the opposite side of a political issue, they'd talk until they wore you down.""

I think what was probably happening is that the folks on the other side realized they were hopeless and left.

37 posted on 01/05/2005 3:16:51 PM PST by Bahbah
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To: followerofchrist

re: #25
They are beyond being "blessed". They've decided to be eternally damned.


38 posted on 01/05/2005 3:32:23 PM PST by MeekMom (Praise Jesus! We have so much to be thankful for!)
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To: rocksblues

You know, no matter how bad I perceive the political climate around me, the LAST thing I would think about is offing myself. Politics isn't worth killing yourself over. I feel sad for these people, they got so caught up in voting that the rest of their life ment nothing else.


39 posted on 01/05/2005 3:44:16 PM PST by stacytec
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To: stacytec

And they probably couldn't stand the fact that they lived in a Red State.


40 posted on 01/05/2005 3:48:15 PM PST by rocksblues (RINO's = McCain, Lott, Collins, Hagel, Coleman, Specter, Frist ! developing)
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To: MisterRepublican
"I'm sure they'll be voting in the next election."

Natch. Ohio or Washington state, you reckon???

41 posted on 01/05/2005 3:48:49 PM PST by RightOnline
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To: rocksblues
I knew it. It's Bush's fault.

Lol, when it comes to liberals, everything is his fault.

Jmo, but if they were well enough to plan this whole thing, then I think they were healthy enough to keep plugging along.

42 posted on 01/05/2005 3:51:51 PM PST by TheSpottedOwl (noapologies)
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To: anniegetyourgun
"United self-deliverance"? Looks like "suicide pact" has now been hijacked too. How very transgendered...
43 posted on 01/05/2005 3:52:33 PM PST by ishabibble
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To: rocksblues
Suicide is against the law. Arrest both of them.

FMCDH(BITS)

44 posted on 01/05/2005 3:59:58 PM PST by nothingnew (Kerry is gone...perhaps to Lake Woebegone)
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To: dead
Maybe they should seek professional help before they make any more rash decisions.

BWAHAHAHAHA!

Besides, suicide is against the law! Arrest them both.

FMCDH(BITS)

45 posted on 01/05/2005 4:02:23 PM PST by nothingnew (Kerry is gone...perhaps to Lake Woebegone)
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To: Angry Republican

After decades of brainwashing that human life is meaningles and a souless lump of animated protien, we can only hope that this trend expands and continues among the Leftists that have bought into these lies.


46 posted on 01/05/2005 4:09:08 PM PST by WorkingClassFilth
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To: WorkingClassFilth

"we can only hope that this trend expands and continues among the Leftists that have bought into these lies."

This is just another reason why the socialists are slowly going extinct. Post-modernist relativism is empty, bankrupt, and gray. The socialists have stopped breeding and are now killing themselves early.


47 posted on 01/05/2005 4:27:10 PM PST by Owl558 (Please excuse my poor spelling)
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To: followerofchrist
Sick people? Is that what you would say had the suiciders been republicans? God Bless them and forgive them for ending their lives, despite political differences. God does not HATE people based on worldly political views. It is His platform, rather than the republican platform, that matters in the end, no?

They committed self murder and all murderers go to hell. They are just starting their God given term of eternity in hell. God forgives the repentent but the Bible says (somewhere) "It is appointed unto man but once to die, and then the judgement." They died and then faced judgement. All opportunity to seek God's forgiveness is here-and-now, not hereafter.

And God does say he hates several things:

Proverbs 6

16 There are six things the LORD hates, seven that are detestable to him: 17 haughty eyes,a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, 18 a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, 19 a false witness who pours out lies and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers.

God also says he hates divorce. It is an error to think that God doesn't hate.

48 posted on 01/05/2005 5:01:06 PM PST by Lester Moore (Islam is begging to be destroyed by a Christian Crusade! Forthcoming!)
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To: rocksblues

Death with dignity eh?


49 posted on 01/05/2005 5:03:34 PM PST by cyborg (http://mentalmumblings.blogspot.com/)
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To: dead

Ooops! Too late.


50 posted on 01/05/2005 5:18:34 PM PST by It's me
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