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Readers Sound off on GM, Assisted Suicide and Green Energy

Should GM be saved? Should assisted suicide be legal? Is renewable energy the answer? Readers respond.

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Will the US government step in to save GM?

The following comments reflect the views of DW-WORLD.DE readers. Not all reader comments have been published. DW-WORLD.DE reserves the right to edit for length and appropriateness of content.

Bloated Companies like GM Should Go Bankrupt, CEO Says

Generally, companies should be able to weather their own crisis, without help from government. However when circumstances that are brought about by conditions not of their own making, government should consider helping with strict oversight to insure the problems that caused the crisis are effectively dealt with. Ultimately, it is the common worker that suffers, and government's role should be to insure the workers are given the best opportunity to keep their jobs and support their homes and family. -- Rolf Boll, US

Survey: Many German Doctors Support Assisted Suicide

I definitely support active assisted suicide in case I ever become terminally ill and am suffering pain. I agree with the doctors who support active assisted suicide because they know first hand how a patient suffers and they have to keep these patients alive with life support and medications without any chance the patient ever getting better again. It is only a matter of time before assisted suicide will be legal. It is a selfish society that finds it necessary to spend tons of money on ethics training for doctors, but does not help the terminally ill patient. -- Regina Rogers, US

It's scary that 40 percent of these caregivers would have been comfortable practicing medicine 70 years ago. I suspect a larger percent in the US would have no problem assisting their patients in this matter. I'm not sure a medical school can teach ethics with any great success. I'm inclined to think that ethics is taught at home and in society early on. -- Walt, US

As a medical doctor, I understand the different means for terminally ill patients can die. But I congratulate Chancellor Merkel for being faithful to her Christian moral ethics in not legalising this form of final solution. -- Jose Nigrin, Israel

Climate Protection Good for the Economy, Say Researchers

Given the technological limitations available to make use of wind, wave and sunlight, it is simply burying heads in the sand to not accept that nuclear is the only viable option capable of supplying modern energy demands. Germany's experience of wind turbines, for example, has shown that the entire wind-farm stock would have to be replaced every five to eight years in order to account for blade, gearbox, and foundation failures. -- Charles Smyth , Great Britain

Yes renewables are the way to go. But unfortunately for Australia, which relies so much on mining for export dollars, this will be a slow process. We should definitely not move to nuclear energy even though Australia exports so much uranium. This mineral is too dangerous for my nephews and their future families in the future. Green energy and recycling is the way to go! -- Stuart John Pearson, Australia

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