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.

Suicide is neither courageous nor powerful. Whether they are right or wrong in what they do or stand for, our young people should never give up on themselves. Their lives are precious. Suicide is another form of violence that needs to be derailed.

Patricia McCarron

North Andover