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Letters to the Editor

Death penalty

February 13, 2010

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To the editor:

It’s not easy to kill someone — if you’re trying to do it humanely. The old style, hanging, has to balance between strangulation and decapitation. Introduced to be more humane, the gas chamber can leave prisoners choking for 11 minutes, and the electric chair has set people on fire.

The latest is the lethal injection, which involves a cocktail of ingredients, one of which causes paralysis. Thus it masks any signs of pain and is not legal for veterinary euthanasia in some states.

Killing people is not easy for the corrections officers. Prisoners under sentence of death are held in El Dorado. A prisoner would be transferred to Lansing shortly before the execution date, in order to protect corrections personnel from the trauma of carrying out the execution of someone they’ve come to know over a number of years.

It’s not easy for the state of Kansas, either. After spending (according to the legislative post-audit) 70 percent more to convict those condemned to death than other serious crimes, Kansas has given the death penalty to 12 people since the penalty was re-established in 1994. We taxpayers have also spent a large amount of money constructing the death chamber and on special training for the officers who would run it.

Of those 12 people, four sentences have been canceled in one way or another. Not one has had the sentence executed.

Isn’t it time we put our money and effort into effective control of crime?

Comments

rtwngr 4 years, 2 months ago

The death penalty is inconsistent with a respect life stance. Life is not ours to take, at any stage of development, except for self defense. What I find ironic is some of the people that decry capital punishment as cruel and unusual, celebrate abortion as humane and enlightened. Amazing.

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Bob Kraxner 4 years, 2 months ago

OP, you obviously don't realize that crime is a very big and lucrative business, for the Police. Law enforcement is no longer about caring for people, or serving the public. It is a way for a control freak to feed their addiction and get paid at the same time. In the old days policemen were problem solvers, today they are oppurtunists with authority. They care only about exercising that authority. People think the crime rate has risen so much when actually, todays cops just give fewer or no breaks than old school police did. It is all about greed, the more arrests they make, the faster they achieve rank, and pay raises, or "status." And if you are one of those prominent citizens (sports figures, politicians, etc.) and you screw up...well look out, you're in for it. My point is, the more arrests made, the more possible revenue for the municipality, (bond money, fines).

Now to the subject of the death penalty: whats wrong with beheading? As long as the blade is sharp, wouldn't that be about as quick and painless as it gets?

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George Lippencott 4 years, 2 months ago

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus (Anonymous) says…

Hi,

Well in my world, if sentenced to death we do so quickly so there is little time for escape.

Maximum security - right just like those guys in Texas who took their murder spree to Colorado. The blood of those victims is on then hands of those who delayed their execution.

So, it is just fine by you that a woman loses her husband because he is in one of our “dysfunctional” wars. That one was a Democratic war. Sound like you have a harder heart then I but just on a different subject such as preserving the life of mass murders and people who torture their victims.

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Jason Bailey 4 years, 2 months ago

I like Lynn's idea....now that's a deterrent to committing the crime.

And for those bleeding hearts who think this process is horrific to the condemned: you really do need to learn about modern anesthesia before making yourselves look like fools.

Sodium Thiopental is one of the drugs used in lethal injection and is the #1 drug of choice to put a person asleep as a surgery is starting at the hospital. I personally have been administered this drug on 3 different occasions and have no recollection of anything once the drug was injected. It is incredibly effective.

Regarding Pancromium Bormide (the paralytic the LTE is horrified by), it stops all depolarization potential in voluntary muscle. Heart muscle continues to work but it ceases all other muscle activity. This is simply to prevent any unwanted seizures, etc. when the potassium chloride is administered which is the actual agent that kills the condemned.

The point here is that lethal injection is very humane regardless of what you guys may want to think. I still like Lynn's idea though....this is too humane.

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Lynn731 4 years, 2 months ago

I volunteer to kill them for free. They will die in exactly the same way, and in the same amount of time, as their victims died. Thank you, Lynn

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Healthcare_Moocher 4 years, 2 months ago

If DNA and/or other evidence is conclusive, then do them during the next week. Firing squad is real cheap. To hell with the appeals and some lawyer getting paid for 20 years.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years, 2 months ago

"Convicted murderers are incarcerated in maximum security prisons, and escape is extremely aware"

Make that "extremely rare" (one of my strangest typos ever.)

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years, 2 months ago

"Why does our society see no problem in asking our youth to go to war"

Because we are sick and dysfunctional. And those who do go to war very often come back quite broken, more prone to a life of desperation, homelessness and crime, including murder.

"What do we say to the husband of a future victim whose life is forfeit to an escaped killer with nothing to lose?"

Convicted murderers are incarcerated in maximum security prisons, and escape is extremely aware-- and nothing creates a "nothing to lose" mentality better than a death sentence.

"Moreover, do not tell me about executing the innocent. It will happen. So what."

So what? How about because they are innocent? And if that really doesn't matter to you, then you really aren't much better than the average mafia hitman.

"Writing a letter to a surviving wife of a soldier killed in some stupid freak accident while in a war zone is just part of the price we pay to live as we do."

Insanity as a defense of insanity.

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George Lippencott 4 years, 2 months ago

Why does our society see no problem in asking our youth to go to war and kill while a small number do not want blood on their own hands here at home? What do we say to the husband of a future victim whose life is forfeit to an escaped killer with nothing to lose? It costs way too much money to deal with this scum. They should be swiftly removed from society so that the money can be put to more productive purposes. Moreover, do not tell me about executing the innocent. It will happen. So what. Writing a letter to a surviving wife of a soldier killed in some stupid freak accident while in a war zone is just part of the price we pay to live as we do.

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Paula Kissinger 4 years, 2 months ago

The fault still lies in the justice legal system. If a person is convicted then sentenced then gone through all of their appeals why is the sentence, and the convict, not executed ? The money is being spent on paying the convict's legal fees, as most are indigent, and sustaining their life. The facility is constructed and the personnel are trained. If there is going to be a death penalty sentence then it should be used, as the notion that having it in place as a deterrent does not work.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years, 2 months ago

So how is the state's hiring and training of its own murderers going to in any way reverse or mitigate the horror of the crimes of the people, KHAYES?

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TrooGrit 4 years, 2 months ago

oh boohoo, khayes7356m, what do you know about the victims, besides their names. Get the f*** out of here!

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KHAYES7356 4 years, 2 months ago

Please read about the inmates on death row before you talk about how awful the death penalty is. It is NOTHING compared to what they did to their victims.

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TrooGrit 4 years, 2 months ago

LTE: "Isn’t it time we put our money and effort into effective control of crime?"

Define: effective. reduced crime rates? recividism rates reduced? jail time reduced? re-entry programs more successfull? what exactly are you talking about here? control of crime: more police on the street (prevention of crime). more detectives? (solving of crime). More enforcement (booking crimes based on the laws we now have, such as illegal immigration, for example).

Seriously, and more to the point of your argument, I agree, let's do away with the death penalty. We simply cannot afford it, and won't do it anyway, so immediately commute all DP sentences to life, and be done with it.

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