| Nov 27, 2013
There was nothing funny about Saturday's blog post by Scott Adams, creator of the "Dilbert" comic strip.
"I hope my father dies soon," it began. "And while I'm at it, I might want you to die a painful death too."
The 600-word essay was a raw,...
| Nov 3, 2013
| 9:22 PM
There's a question that continues to surface in the case of Barbara Mancini, the Philladelphia nurse charged with assisted suicide for giving morphine to her 93-year-old, terminally ill father: Why is the Attorney General's Office investing its...
| Nov 16, 2013
Re "The case against assisted suicide," Letters, Nov. 14
Regarding Marilyn Golden's objection to assisted suicide, let's hope that she never has to "legally receive palliative sedation, in which [the terminally ill] are sedated while their underlying...
| Nov 14, 2013
Re "A chilling end-of-life case," Column, Nov. 6
Steve Lopez did not mention why assisted-suicide legislation failed three times in deep-blue California.
A broad coalition of disability rights organizations, independent living groups, doctors and...
| Nov 9, 2013
Most of the mail that crosses my desk deals with politics, policy and other largely impersonal subjects. Occasionally, readers will tell their own deeply personal stories as a way to inform a discussion. Several did just that in response to Steve Lopez'...
| Nov 5, 2013
| 8:33 PM
I keep waiting for the news that prosecutors in Pennsylvania have come to their senses and dropped criminal charges against Barbara Mancini.
But so far, that hasn't happened, which means the Philadelphia resident, an emergency room nurse, may soon be on...
| Mar 21, 2013
| 4:10 PM
Savor the victory. The power structure conspired to perpetuate hell for Mildred and Elwood "Woody" Osman of Cherryville, but they prevailed.
After 64 years of marriage, Woody took a .38-caliber revolver to the hospice room at Lehigh Valley Hospital in...
| Mar 26, 2013
| 5:17 PM
There does not seem to be any middle ground on the issue of physician-assisted suicide. In fact, going by the reactions to Friday's column on that topic, there is no support for any ground other than that for the right of individuals to make end-of-life...
| 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&...
| 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....
| 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...
| 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...