Lessons to be learned in Los Osos
December 17, 2012
OPINION By JULIE TACKER
I find myself wishing more arrests will be made in San Luis Obispo County today in order to bump the unbecoming mug shot of sweet George Taylor off the right side column of the webpages of the SLO Tribune.
Especially since charges were reduced to “assisted suicide” for what must have been the most torturous decision George and his lovely wife of 66 years, Gewynn, had ever faced.
No one will ever know what drove them to decide to end their lives and no one should judge their choice. I, for one, will not. I witnessed how much they loved being together.
Theirs was a love to be envied.
To be nearing the end of their lives, facing what so many elderly do, stroke, heart attack, degeneration of their physical and mental faculties, they made a choice that many would never consider. They chose to take control of what the rest of us leave to fate.
While tragically their effort failed, the selfless contributions to their community and devotion to each other make their lives together so much more important than the ‘how” or the “why” of the Montana de Oro incident that put their humble selves into the headlines.
Something good will come from it all; perhaps it will draw attention to the issues they championed, the devastating effects of the $173 million sewer (both environmental and financial) on the disadvantaged community of Los Osos. Better yet, push Gewynn’s mantra and the more important issue of seawater intrusion and the decade’s long neglect of the water basin to the forefront, where it belongs.
Perhaps more importantly, their tragedy will draw attention to the worldwide impact of depression among the aging and end the debate surrounding assisted suicide.
George and Gewynn made their mark on the community of Los Osos. They led by example; speak up for what you believe in, help those less fortunate and to love one another unconditionally.
George is still here, it’s our turn to help him. It’s our turn to follow their example; speak up for what you believe in, help those less fortunate and to love one another unconditionally.
Thank you George and Gewynn for your sacrifice and the example you have set for us all.