Duke Southard

Author, Educator, Lecturer

In Good Conscience

“In good conscience” is a wonderful phrase, just recently used by John McCain as he explained his vote against the current health care bill in the U.S. Senate.  It’s like the “do no harm” phrase in the Hippocratic oath.

If a person truly means it, in good conscience tells us that the person has thoroughly explored an issue or an idea and has drawn a conclusion based on that exploration. McCain followed his statement with a whole litany of reasons for his position.

It doesn’t matter where John McCain stands in your political eyes. Would that we would follow his lead and make all of our decisions “in good conscience.”

In good conscience, the person or persons who have information about the killing of Stacey Burns would step forward. (They won’t.)

In good conscience, the police who say they know who killed this poor woman would arrest the murderer who committed the crime over eight years ago. (They won’t)

In good conscience, the N.H. prosecutor would decide to prosecute this case, assuming the risk involved. (He won’t)

In good conscience, the public would be provided at least a minimal update of this case (not the usual “ongoing, active” update) to demonstrate that something is being done. (They won’t)

Finally, several friends and acquaintances have wondered over the years why I bother to spend the time and energy on the Stacey Burns case. Well, in good conscience,  I can’t let it go even though most efforts seem to be wasted.

Duke

2 Responses to In Good Conscience

  • Watching and Waiting says:

    Yup Duke. You are right on top of it for sure. So now you have your own murder book. Is time for you to make it public or you who have devoted your time to it? Will lose. So print it out here on your blog. The Constitution of the United States of America will protect you.
    Bring it on.

  • Lynn Ash says:

    Mr. Southard – I know in “good conscience” you can not let this go. I know (from reading your blogs) that you are 100%+ dedicated to pushing for an arrest on this horrible issue. Your efforts do not go unnoticed, even tho it may feel like that at times. Like I’ve said before, I never knew Stacey Burns, but her family deserves closure in this matter, the residents of Wolfeboro deserve closure, all those who knew her deserve closure. Thank you for keeping the search alive.

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