Frank Smist (7/28, Letters), A.P. Lane and Frank Statesel (7/30 Letters) believe that the last-ditch effort of the justice system — enforcing the death penalty — is the best way to bring about justice and purge society of violence.
All three have it wrong. The brutality of Edwin Hall, who killed Kelsey Smith, is not some evil that spawned out of nowhere. Chaos shaped Hall’s childhood and helped create his violent nature.
So, you want justice? Learn how abuse damages children. Vote to keep social services fully funded. Volunteer at a treatment facility for abused kids. Most of them are filled to capacity.
Try to be part of a solution that seeks to prevent the creation of a violent nature.