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A few words on the Hemlock Society and Joe's Spanish Food Market in Georgetown Discussion in the local commu- nity this week included the recent deaths of Mildred and Norman Taub, MD. The couple, married many decades, died together on or about New Year's Day in the Lewes Beach home they had bequeathed in recent weeks to Beebe Medical Foundation. According to many reports, their plans of recent months were extensive including the decision to take their own lives simultane- ously. Their deaths came within a week of hearings held by the Unit- ed States Supreme Court on the advisability of legalizing physi- cian-assisted suicide. One source indicated that the Taubs were mem- bers of the National Hemlock So- ciety which advocates "legal volun- tary physician HEMLOCK aid-in-dying SOCIETY for terminally LOGO ill, mentally competent adults." According to Lois Schafer of the Hemlock Society, Delaware, like the rest of the nation's states, has statutes making physician-as- sisted aid-in-dying illegal. (She said the Society doesn't keep records of which members actual- ly do take their lives and we didn't discuss whether the Taubs were members.) "We don't like the term 'sui- cide' because it conjures up too many images of irrational and vio- lent acts," said Schaefer. "We be- lieve that the people we're in- volved with are already dying and want to have control of their death." She said the National Hemlock Society does not have a chapter in Delaware. The mission statement of the Society, headquartered in Denver, CO, is: "The Hemlock Society USA be- lieves mentally competent adults should have the right to self-deter- mination for end of life decisions. Because Hemlock reveres life, we believe people must be able to re- tain their dignity, integrity and self-respect. Through a program of education, research and advo- cacy, we encourage public accep- tance of legal voluntary physician aid-in-dying for terminally ill, BAREF00TIN' Dennis Forney mentally competent adults." "We're very interested in ad- vance directives to family and doctors," said Schafer. The Hemlock Society's most popular book was written by Derek Humphrey, an earlier offi- cer of the organization, in 1990. Titled Final Exit, the book talks extensively about the seriousness of end-of-life decisons and goes so far as to provide prescriptions and dosages of drugs that bring on death. The problem, said Schafer, is that doctors won't prescribe the drugs. The Hemlock Society takes its name from the plant used by the ancient Greeks to execute crimi- nals guilty of capital crimes. The Greek philosopher Socrates drank hemlock to kill himself when he was sentenced to death. Hemlock Society information is available by calling 1-800-247- 7421. IF I WANTED TO learn Span- ish quickly I would go to Joe's Spanish Food Market on Race Street in Georgetown and spend several days there. The food is Hispanic, the publications are His- panic, the owner and employees are Hispanic. Once you walk in- side and close the door behind you, you might as well have stepped below the Mexican bor- der. Jesus (pronounced HeyZeus) told me that the market is open seven days a week from 9-9 and later on Fridays and Saturdays. I enjoyed a delicious burrito con polio (that's chicken) loaded with beans and rice and just the right touch of hot peppers to reaffirm my liveliness. They also stock Squirt - a tasty grapefruit soda hecho in Mexico - in graceful, green glass bottles. Dennis Forney photo Joe's Spanish Food Market on Race Street in Georgetown. Visiting is like an inexpensive trip south of the border. 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