Americans need help with future decisions on health care and end-of-life issues

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I refer to two letters from the Sunday PG of Aug. 24:

1) David Byers’ comments (“Humane Death”) about Nathan Hershey’s Aug. 17 Forum essay, “I Cannot Manage to Die.”

2) Dr. Lawrence N. Adler’s “Health Care Havoc.”

Both gentlemen’s comments and questions focus on the rights human beings should have to make their own choices: one about the freedom we should have to “see any physician or go to any hospital that [we choose]”; the other about the fact that “we, as a society, [are] allowed to treat our pets with more humane actions than our human loved ones.” Mr. Hershey wishes to die, with his family’s agreement, but is lawfully not allowed to do so.

In a so-called enlightened nation, who is going to help us rethink untenable positions and make changes in the kind of humane society we wish to live in?

Highland Park

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