Letters to the Editor

Joseph Yourshaw's daughter, Barbara Mancini , pictured with Yourshaw in 1992, is facing charges over his death. File
Joseph Yourshaw's daughter, Barbara Mancini , pictured with Yourshaw in 1992, is facing charges over his death. File
Posted: October 08, 2013

Kane perspective

Most articles I read about state Attorney General Kathleen Kane give deserved kudos. But there's a darker side to Kane ("Phila. nurse's assisted-suicide charge strains family," Sept. 30).

She is prosecuting nurse Barbara Mancini, 57, a daughter of Schuylkill County, who handed her father, Joe Yourshaw, 93, his morphine when he requested it.

Mancini is being prosecuted for assisting in a suicide, a felony. But defense attorneys argue that the state law forbidding aiding a suicide is vague, and the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that dying patients have the right to adequate pain relief, even if it hastens death.

Might Kane have dropped the charges already had she not kicked up such a stir among conservatives with her decision not to defend Pennsylvania's ban on gay marriage?

Lee Vizer, Wynnewood

Dying on own terms

With respect, a recent letter writer missed the point regarding end-of-life issues ("End-of-life care," Oct. 1). It is not knowing that one will be cared for that matters. It is knowing that your competently formed and expressed wishes regarding your life will be followed by well-intentioned others that is the issue.

Ben LaGarde, Glenmoore

Peace on the line

I applaud President Obama for picking up the phone to talk to Iran's president and discussing the importance of cooperation with Iran to resolve global conflicts. The president's recent phone call marked an important step in pressing for an end to the vicious cycle of confrontation that has plagued the United States and Iran for decades.

Solving problems between countries requires compromise on all sides. Iran needs to agree to greater transparency of its nuclear program and other steps to ensure it does not build nuclear weapons. The United States, for its part, will have to lift some sanctions in exchange for Iran's concession, in order to prevent war and a nuclear-armed Iran.

Judy Parsons, Philadelphia

Rebate fairness

When the federal government opens again, can taxpayers expect pro-rata refunds of our income taxes?

Steven K. Vernon, Havertown

Fractured history

During his recent, 21-hour-plus ego trip, that guru of historical fact U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas) compared those who say the health-care act cannot be defunded to politicians who appeased the Nazis before World War II. Perhaps my history is not his history, but I recall that the conservative America Firsters and others of that ilk, such as Henry Ford and Charles Lindbergh, were very vocal about the how that socialist Franklin D. Roosevelt was leading us down the path to war in Europe due to his support for Churchill's attempts to prepare us for the eventuality of war. Was this not a form of appeasement as practiced by conservatives? Many tea-party types seem to be fast and easy with their historical facts, and no one seems to call them out.

Herman Ehret, Blue Bell

Keats appreciation

I was so impressed with the exhibit "The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats" at the National Museum of American Jewish History. It was truly in the spirit of this groundbreaking children's book author and illustrator to witness such a diverse group of visitors enjoying his works, reading to their children and grandchildren, viewing his stunning collages and watercolors, and giving much-

deserved recognition to a man who understood the loneliness of being part of a minority.

Jane Slater, Huntingdon Valley

Clearing the Record

A letter published Monday wrongly stated that Mark Gleason, executive director of the Philadelphia School Partnership, doesn't have a child in the Philadelphia public schools.

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