| Nov 14, 2013
Re "A chilling end-of-life case," Column, Nov. 6
Steve Lopez did not mention why assisted-suicide legislation failed three times in deep-blue California.
A broad coalition of disability rights organizations, independent living groups, doctors and...
| Nov 9, 2013
Most of the mail that crosses my desk deals with politics, policy and other largely impersonal subjects. Occasionally, readers will tell their own deeply personal stories as a way to inform a discussion. Several did just that in response to Steve Lopez'...
| Nov 5, 2013
| 8:33 PM
I keep waiting for the news that prosecutors in Pennsylvania have come to their senses and dropped criminal charges against Barbara Mancini.
But so far, that hasn't happened, which means the Philadelphia resident, an emergency room nurse, may soon be on...
| Oct 18, 2013
| 8:43 PM
The Dodgers could have imagined a lot of scenarios for their Game 6 Friday night and never come up with the one that actually unfolded.
Not in the wildest dreams or darkest nightmares. Clayton Kershaw almost melting. Their defense unable to make a play....
| Aug 15, 2013
| 3:21 PM
The notion that religious freedom is under siege isn't just an American preoccupation. Some Christian leaders in Britain also have sounded the alarm, prompting a pointed rejoinder from the former spiritual leader of the Church of England that also...
| May 14, 2013
| 2:21 PM
Vermont is on track to become the fourth state to allow severely ill patients to end their lives under medical supervision.
The state’s House of Representatives voted 75 to 65 on Monday night to approve the “Patient Choice at End of Life&...
| Mar 16, 2013
| 6:20 PM
Booth Gardner, a two-term Democratic governor who later in life spearheaded a campaign that made Washington the second state in the nation to legalize assisted suicide for the terminally ill, has died after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. He was...
| Jan 4, 2013
| 6:17 PM
I hate to be a party pooper. So I've been eager to join the celebration over "No-Kill December" — the first time that Los Angeles city animal shelters have managed to go an entire month without euthanizing any adoptable dogs or cats.
But I couldn'...
| Oct 4, 2012
| 5:29 PM
We had to put Felix to sleep last month. I say "had to put him to sleep" because I can't bear the thought there might have been an alternative.
I had two other dogs who lived to be 21 before dying at home. Toward the end, several people had suggested I...
| Aug 22, 2012
| 5:53 PM
On March 20, Purdy’s wife, Margaret, 84, commited suicide after years of unrelenting pain from a variety of ailments. The couple was married for a decade. Purdy, a semi-retired engineer, did not try to stop her as she swallowed apple sauce mixed...
| Jul 11, 2012
| 4:42 PM
Doctors have been allowed to help patients end their lives in the Netherlands for a decade by giving them lethal drugs, a practice that has sometimes stoked alarm outside the country, even popping up in American political debate earlier this year. Now a...