I have journeyed to the Adirondack Mountains to die (Guest Opinion by Mike

Mike Hirsch pictured in his wheelchair by a pond

Mike Hirsch, director of Opinion at the Morning Call in Allentown, Pennsylvania, photographed at a pond in the Adirondack Mountains. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) has taken away Hirsch’s mobility but not his inner voice. Hirsch, a former editor for the Syracuse Newspapers, wrote a column explaining why he decided to spend his final days at the family cabin near Lake Placid. (Photo by Erick Steinberg)Photo by Erick Steinberg

Mike Hirsch is the Director of Content/Opinion and Community Engagement for The Morning Call in Allentown, Pa. He had previously worked as Business and Features editor at the paper. He worked as a reporter and editor for the Syracuse Newspapers from 1987 to 2001. He can be reached at mike.hirsch@mcall.com. This column, published first in The Morning Call, is reprinted by permission.

At twilight, we drive up the steep dirt road leading to our Adirondack cabin, Birdsong. It rests peacefully at the foot of Marble Mountain.

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