In just a few days, November 18th, Paul Ezra Rhoades is scheduled to die out at the Idaho Penitentiary. As his death watch has gotten closer, he has decided to challenge Idaho's method of death as "inhumane."
As I hear that, I can't help but think of the wonderful people in my life that I've watched die of cancer. An old friend from Fish and Game who died from brain cancer. It was a horrible death. I had gone to see him once a week, every week when he was placed in a nursing home - something that was hard to see. He was all man, a man's man. A good Game Warden who loved his job. I had seen him just the day before he died. He had nothing left. I'm sure if someone had offered him a lethal injection several months before he finally died, he would have gladly accepted it.
The man Ival was named after. He lived with us the last year of his life. Thankfully, he didn't suffer like Don did, but I'm sure that he too, would have welcomed the opportunity to "just go to sleep" instead of the last few days he suffered.
And my old boss at Fish and Game. She was so sick for so long.
Paul Ezra Rhoades should be grateful he's getting a lethal injection instead of dying the way he killed the teacher in 1987 and the convenience store clerk in 1988. Be grateful Mr. Rhoades, it could certainly be worse.