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Abolish the death penalty — vote ‘yes’ on Proposition 34

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Posted: Saturday, November 3, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 6:26 am, Sat Nov 3, 2012.

I have always been for the death penalty, but how long has it been since any one of the inmates on death row was executed? According to the article in the Lodi News-Sentinel, "Three California ex-governors oppose repeal of death penalty," by AP Writer Michael R. Blood (front page), there are 700 of them on death row and no execution since 2006! How many executions then — one?

Let's put a stop to this attorney haven and abolish the death sentence. Let's put the inmates in prison for life, since they are dying from old age on death row right now anyway.

Of course the prosecutors and attorneys want to keep the death penalty. It's money in their pockets as the prisoners sit with time on their hands preparing lawsuit after lawsuit and appeal after appeal.

Since 1979, $4 billion has been spent on this, and who pays it? The taxpayers.

Let's give them life without parole. That's how it is now anyway. Vote "yes" on Proposition 34.

Shirley Schmierer


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  • Patrick W Maple posted at 5:56 pm on Sun, Nov 4, 2012.

    Pat Maple Posts: 1805

    Our entire punishment system should be revamped, including the Death penalty. The penalty was supposed to be a deterrent...in all likelyhood it is for most people. However for those who CHOOSE to put themsleves into the position of wanting to kill someone and then doing so, this is not a deterrent...until they get caught and convicted.

    As defined: " Morality (from the Latin moralitas "manner, character, proper behavior") is the differentiation of intentions, decisions, and actions between those that are good (or right) and those that are bad (or wrong)." In my book leave out morality...there is neither right or wrong. Rather, does it work or not work for me? I can say without one doubt murder does not work for me...not matter who, where, why or by what means dead is dead.

    The criteria should be only if they did do it or did not do it (unless torture or a child is involved then special rules should apply). If they are convicted...there should be no more than three appeals...and since the courts view all people as being equal and that all courts justice is applied equally...then the facts are all that should be challenged during the appeals. Is this ethical?

    Paul and Elder define ethics as "a set of concepts and principles that guide us in determining what behavior helps or harms sentient (conscious) creatures". Murder does not help anyone...it only harms. I would argue that the only reasonable need for the Death penalty is that it helps society. I would also argue that the Death penalty is not a concept or idea...when a person is put to death...as many members of a victims families have stated...there is closure and what they once feared is now gone...the concept is now a fact.

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 7:56 am on Sun, Nov 4, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    The letter stated...I have always been for the death penalty, but how long has it been since any one of the inmates on death row was executed..

    This letter implies that she does not want the death penalty because it takes too long and is too expensive to execute people given the death penalty.
    If that is the objection, I suggest supporting legislation that simplifies and shortens the process, like no appeals after 5 years. I assume that Shirley would be for the death penalty if the person could be executed quickly and at little expense.
    P This is not a matter of money but morality.

    Lastly, why does this bill involve 100 million dollars or tax revenue. Why does this bill not just say yes or no on the death penalty?

    It would be easier to eliminate the death penalty when a simple bill is presented that only does that.

  • Josh Morgan posted at 8:11 am on Sat, Nov 3, 2012.

    Josh Morgan Posts: 541

    Shirley, as one who has supported the death penalty at every opportunity I will not longer support it and vote yes on Prop. 34. The wasted taxpayer money is enormous and for what........nothing! Put these guys/gals in prison for life and let them take care of themselves. I'm tired of it!!


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