The Baltimore Sun

Suicide advocacy isn't hospice work

We take strong exception to the quote from the attorney representing two members of the Final Exit Network cited at the end of The Baltimore Sun's article "2 in aided-suicide case won't fight extradition" (Feb. 28). Attorney Michael Kaminkow's comparison of the work of his clients to that of a hospice is appallingly misleading.

Hospice affirms life in all that it does. We do not hasten death, nor do we advocate for those who do.

The 30 provider members of the Hospice and Palliative Care Network of Maryland, which serve more than 15,000 patients and families annually, are dedicated to providing compassionate care and skill in alleviating pain and supporting patients and families at a most important time.

Our members categorically reject comparisons of their work to that of those who advocate assisted suicide.

Erwin E. Abrams Christine Crabbs, Annapolis

The writers are, respectively, the president and the executive director of the Hospice and Palliative Care Network of Maryland.

Demand a rollback of power prices

My gas and electric bill has increased 80 percent over last year's, and that's while living more conservatively this year ("Customers howl as utility bills skyrocket," Feb. 24). Apples to apples, that cost increase would be much higher.

Now Constellation Energy CEO Mayo A. Shattuck III is going to ask for a further increase in the price of utilities.

According to the article "Tough measures" (Feb. 19), his income in 2007 was $14 million.

Mr. Shattuck not taking a bonus this year for a job poorly done is not good enough. I hope Baltimore citizens contact our government officials and stop any potential rate increase, and perhaps secure a rate decrease. Enough is enough.

Ginny Larsen, Baltimore

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