Kudos to Steve Lopez and The Times for moving the "death with dignity" discussion front and center.
Life is finite and none of us is going to get out of this alive. Healthcare professionals and loving families must have the compassion and moral fortitude to acknowledge the difference between prolonging life and prolonging death. The quality of our last days hangs in the balance.
Lynn F. Kessler
Just as the nation is taking a serious look at violence in our culture, your paper has a major article promoting another example of an attempt to solve our "problems" through violence. No matter how you package it, whether as physician-assisted suicide or euthanasia, it is still violence.
Lopez mentions a woman who noted that people who believe "death should be left in God's hands often take drastic steps to prolong their lives using ventilators or feeding tubes." Actually, to believe that death belongs in God's hands does not mean we have to take drastic steps to prolong life when there is no real sign of recovery. The morally problematic step is that of taking direct action to end our lives.