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When I hear mention of assisted suicide, I feel hopeless for people who are suffering because of how a theology is interpreted ("Dying former official a focus of Maryland assisted suicide bill," Feb. 14).

Why is it that I can put my dying pet to sleep to end its suffering, then have to sit with my dying spouse at a hospice while having no way to end obvious the pain and suffering I observe?

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The Maryland General Assembly is agonizing over legislation regarding dignity in dying purely for religious reasons. There is no reason to have to watch a fellow human suffer before departing this world.

Many of these folks were vibrant and filled with life. Sending our children into combat should be enough to make us understand the fragile nature of existence.

How can we, the living, endure the death of one and not embrace the merciful outcome that dignity with dying provides to the other?

John Holter, Baltimore

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