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December 14, 2008 at 4:40 PM

Suicide on TV

That’s NOT entertainment

How has it come to this? Suicide is legal. After reading the story about Craig Ewert and his documentary of assisted suicide, I could not believe it [“Assisted suicide on TV fuels debate,” News, Dec. 11].

What sort of “entertainment” is this? Just think of how appalled those of just a few generations ago would be if they turned on the TV for a family night to see someone killing himself. The kinds of violence and sensual scenes shown on TV today that are considered “PG” would have been shocking and rather embarrassing to my parents’ generation. This cannot go on.

It is terrible that suicide is legal, but it is even worse that it is seen as OK to broadcast in peoples’ homes. Thrills people long for from entertainment do not come from watching the last moments of someone’s life.

It is devastating that people can get to a point where their lives feel like “empty shells” where there is absolutely no hope left. I pray that this can be turned around to where people do find hope in life, and death is not used as “a bizarre reality show.”

— Kayla Roberts, Kirkland

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