Debating Budget and Death Penalty

Feedback on the budget debate and the death penalty.

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The Frustrating Budget Debate

Reading about the budget battle in Congress is the most frustrating experience I have ever encountered [“Let’s Make a Deal,” April 1]. We have a bunch of talking heads who are beholden to special interest or ideology and have no idea how to govern. The Tea Party is winning the media battle but has no real plan. Most Americans have the attention span of a gnat and make judgments on sound bites, and the country is going down the tubes. The main goal of the Republicans is to win back the White House, and they are willing to run this country into the ground to do it. We need members of Congress to do what is best for the country, not their districts, party, or special interest. Until that happens, expect things to get worse.

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JOE MARRA Seaside Park, N.J.

Discussing the Death Penalty

I find Mary Kate Cary’s choice of words interesting when she talks about opposition to killing innocent children as anti-abortion instead of pro-life [“The Case Against the Death Penalty,” March 25]. Using her argument about innocent people getting the death penalty, how could she justify driving a car? She could make an honest mistake and kill an innocent person. Does that mean no one should drive a car? We don’t live in a perfect world; mistakes do happen. The fact that California spends $250 million to execute one person shows a broken-down judicial system with activist judges. Is it any wonder California is in dire financial straits? Comparing the killing of an innocent child to a convicted murderer hardly seems fair. Now that we have more scientific evidence at our disposal, let’s try to make the trial fair so the verdict will be fair.

ALAN WOOD Honolulu, Hawaii

The more than 30 states in the United States still using the death penalty are the only remaining jurisdictions in the first world that hold on to it. The majority of nations forbid it and have found other ways to bring justice to those who are harmed. Fortunately, the trend in the United States is to abandon it, and each time another set of lawmakers and a governor does so should be celebrated. The best conservative argument I can think of is that you can’t trust government to fix potholes, so why trust it to single out the right persons for execution?

PATRICK DELAHANTY Louisville, Ky.

Only relatives and loved ones of murder victims have the right to decide mercy for convicted killers. Unless one of your loved ones has been murdered by one of these animals, you have no right to dispense mercy. Period.

TOM WOMACK Port Orchard, Wash.

There is no contradiction with being pro-life on abortion and prodeath for murderers. On the one hand, you have completely innocent babies destroyed while waiting to be born. On the other, you have vicious and vile human beings guilty of murder and the worst of atrocities. The circumstances are totally different, so you treat them differently, not the same. To do otherwise shows that you are morally blind.

AARON VESELENAK Rogers City, Mich.

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