Editor’s note: This letter is in response to the letter, “Naming those who die by suicide or overdose,” published Dec. 23, 2020.
I am appalled that anyone would suggest that these names be released to the public. For what reason? Suicide & overdose deaths are tragic. I happen to know the family of the person who was found and they would be devastated, hurt and embarrassed if the name of their beloved relative was publicly announced. This person had a somewhat short & tragic life. Let it be at that. Why do you feel the need to know the name just to satisfy your own morbid curiosity? I find this absolutely disgusting. While I agree with most of the stories this paper runs, I do not agree that this story should even have been run at all, especially as a huge headline on the front page. Knowing the name of the person involved would do nothing to prevent anyone else’s suicide or overdose.