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Letter: Get execution priorities straight

Published: Tuesday, May 6, 2014 10:02 p.m. CDT

To the Editor:

The “Another View” article by Bloomberg View (“Botched execution should condemn the death penalty,” p. A9, May 3) along with all the news articles regarding the botched execution of convicted murderer Clayton Lockett in Oklahoma is two-faced as well as misleading.

Capital punishment is never going to be palatable no matter how it’s done. Even Lockett botched the murder of the person he killed, perhaps purposely. The statement that Japan is the only other advanced nation to practice capital punishment depends entirely on your definition of advanced. Many other nations practice capital punishment and some in extremely gruesome manners.

In the last paragraph of the Bloomberg View commentary it’s stated, “But no American should support a government when it knowingly inflicts pain and suffering.” If that’s true, and I wish it was, then no taxpayer funds whatever should be given to Planned Parenthood for abortion of innocent babies who have never had their day in court and are accused of nothing other than being conceived and being unwanted by their parents. Not only is the baby affected by the abortion, but so is the mother, for the rest of her life!

Let’s get our values straight. More innocent babies are executed (including botched abortions) than convicted criminals are executed or have botched executions! Where is the public/media outcry over these executions taking place every single day?

Richard J. Cole


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