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letters | aaron swartz’s suicide

Suicide is not the answer in pursuit of a cause

Aaron Swartz’s suicide is very sad (“A short life absorbed in a complex cyber world,” Page A1, Jan. 15); his family needs much comfort and support. However, the Globe should not make him into a media martyr on account of taking his own life.

Young people who feel strongly about a cause should not be encouraged to take their lives to draw attention to their cause. Had Swartz accepted the much-reduced plea deal offered to him by US Attorney Carmen Ortiz, he could have served his cause better.

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