Letters to the Editor

Punishment: Don't delay the death penalty

I would like to ask those who are against the death penalty a question. Since we shall all die some day (yes, shocking as it may be to you), you too will die some day. So why is it that you feel it more godly to provide murderers, rapists and other heinous criminals an assurance of free meals, medical and dental care, a warm place to sleep, and many other amenities that many hard working, law abiding citizens cannot afford? All paid for of course by the hard working taxpayers.

Death row inmates can expect to spend their remaining years living a more secure life than those driving to work in heavy traffic. It takes an average of 11 years for their sentence to either be commuted or even released because of some technicality, or the death penalty revoked by people who share your misguided views. While all that time lawyers are making money as punishment is delayed.

Don’t you think that money spent on heinous criminals could be better spent on more deserving people? Delaying or abolishing the death penalty is nothing more than punishing the taxpayer while failing to punish the criminal. I remember when there were posters that read, “Wanted, dead or alive.” Of course that was before we became so civilized and political correctness took over. It was before “alternative” lifestyles became something to be proud of, instead of an unfortunate abnormality. It was before the U.S. Supreme Court declared pornography to be just another form of free speech.

The more “civilized” we pretend to become the more uncivilized we now are. Of course you can always declare yourself to be a “humanist” and set your own standards. That way you have no higher power to answer to.

Matt Burns

Oak Harbor

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