Letters and Reaction


A Lethal Injection of Reality

Jacob Sullum's interesting column on physician-assisted execution, "A Lethal Injection of Reality" (August/September), aptly illustrated the location between a rock and a hard place in which libertarians frequently find themselves.

Sullum correctly points out that "most people with medical expertise do not want to assist executions because they view it as contrary to their professional ethics." By what euphemism can we justify abortion and how do we square professional ethics with that act? Must our ethics be selective and are we to give certain medical interventions a free pass on those ethics? The smallest minority is the individual, and none are smaller than the life inside a woman's womb.

Dave Quirk

Mosinee, WI

Putin's Russia

Cathy Young ("Putin's Russia," August/September) confirms that Russia is not a great place to live, but she gives too much credence to the Ukrainians and the European Union (E.U.).

As an English expat legally residing in the United States I know how undemocratic, unaccountable, bureaucratic, and intolerant the European Union is-a reason I left England. The E.U. stirred up the problems in Ukraine for its own grand expansion plans.

Ukraine itself has been corrupt and incompetent since independence in 1991. And before that it had a fine history of supporting Hitler and suppressing Jews and other ethnic groups.

The present problems have more to do with E.U. meddling and the "liberal" Ukrainians in Kiev than with Putin, who acted to protect his Russians in Crimea.

Graham Webster-Gardiner

Mims, FL

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