Bill Lucero (3/9, Letters) asked us to put an end to the death penalty, and he does so for good reasons. Innocent people should not be put to death. Prosecutors who play fast and loose with the rules should not be able to extort a plea bargain by using the death penalty as a threat. Nor should they be able to impose a death penalty with underhanded tactics. Most death penalties as applied in this nation are questionable and should be revisited.
However, in certain limited cases, a death penalty is the most appropriate censure a society can impose on one of its members. I'm in favor of putting severe restrictions on how we apply the death penalty. I'm just not in favor of getting rid of it altogether.
There are some people whose crimes and demeanor are just so sick that we are better off if they are executed - Jeffrey Dahmer, John Wayne Gacy and Charles Manson, to name a few
Brian K. Kegerreis