| Mar 16, 2013
| 6:20 PM
Booth Gardner, a two-term Democratic governor who later in life spearheaded a campaign that made Washington the second state in the nation to legalize assisted suicide for the terminally ill, has died after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. He was...
| Feb 27, 2013
| 3:28 PM
Andrea Shreeman is an actress in California, but she grew up in Roanoke. Now she's hoping to make a movie here.
We first met Shreeman last summer when she was making her pitch to potential investors. She's back in town now, redoubling her efforts to...
| May 14, 2013
| 2:21 PM
Vermont is on track to become the fourth state to allow severely ill patients to end their lives under medical supervision.
The state’s House of Representatives voted 75 to 65 on Monday night to approve the “Patient Choice at End of Life&...
| Jul 11, 2012
| 4:42 PM
Doctors have been allowed to help patients end their lives in the Netherlands for a decade by giving them lethal drugs, a practice that has sometimes stoked alarm outside the country, even popping up in American political debate earlier this year. Now a...
| Aug 22, 2012
| 5:53 PM
On March 20, Purdy’s wife, Margaret, 84, commited suicide after years of unrelenting pain from a variety of ailments. The couple was married for a decade. Purdy, a semi-retired engineer, did not try to stop her as she swallowed apple sauce mixed...
| Aug 1, 2012
| 5:10 PM
A “right-to-die” bill may again surface in the legislature next year. Physician-assisted suicide is legal in Oregon and Washington state, but illegal here. The legislature has looked at the issue at least twice, but a bill has not become law....
| Dec 18, 2011
Colleen Kegg hasn't worked out the details of her exit plan yet. But about one thing, Kegg is clear: When she can no longer feed herself or go to the bathroom without assistance, she will take steps to end her life. A rare and incurable neurological...
| Mar 19, 2012
In 1970 a man with terminal bone cancer came to see Dr. Peter Goodwin, who practiced family medicine in Portland, Ore. The man had intractable pain and saw no point in prolonging his suffering. He pleaded with Goodwin for pills to end his life.
| Mar 19, 2012
| 1:05 AM
There are so many travesties in our world that sometimes it makes one wonder which ones to comment about and which ones to shout about with outrage.
Recently I came across something that makes my blood boil. Here is my outrage: In the Netherlands some...
| Apr 25, 2012
It takes courage to face death, be it yours or another’s
To the editor:
There is no dignity in cowardice.
Those who apply the term “death with dignity” to assisted suicide or euthanasia diminish the extraordinary dignity of every...
| Jun 1, 2012
| 7:10 PM
A California actress who grew up in the Roanoke Valley is hoping to make a feature film here.
"It's a Good Day to Die," is a comedy about assisted suicide, and this week, Andrea Shreeman has been meeting with community leaders and potential investors.
| Jun 2, 2011
| 4:32 PM
The Catholic bishops of the United States will debate and vote on a statement opposing physician-assisted suicide at their Spring General Assembly, June 15-17, in Seattle. The document, To Live Each Day with Dignity, will be the first statement on...