How can this happen?

To the Editor: In reference to your article on Aug. 11, “Suicide note: They couldn’t afford care.” Tragically, the couple in their seventies from Washington State perished from a murder-suicide at the prospect of their long-term suffering and eventual death from the inability to afford medical treatment.

Also being in my seventies and on Medicare, I can commiserate with this desperate couple facing such an impossible situation and making that calamitous decision. How is it that in this prosperous nation such a harrowing circumstance should be allowed to transpire?

How many of this nation’s seniors on fixed-incomes are currently facing the proverbial “doughnut hole” in prescription drug coverage when their deductibles double or even triple? How many are enduring embarrasment and extreme pain from the inability to pay for adequate dental care?

It’s egregious to note that countries whose economies dwarf ours prioritize health care for its citizens. I would hope that amid the debacle our presidential election has become, a clear-thinking candidate will emerge with a sincere desire and a strategy to address this crucial issue.

PAUL D. RYBA

Auburn

PAUL D. RYBA

Auburn