Death penalty is simply hypocrisy
The execution of Kelly Gissendaner was an enormous waste of time and money. The death penalty has been shown repeatedly to not be deterrent, so it’s purely about revenge — an eye for an eye. Did Gissendaner’s death provide “closure” to the victim’s family or prolong their suffering over years of legal challenges and appeals? In the end, their loved one isn’t coming back. What this execution really did is expose the hypocrisy of many conservatives. These folks regularly state abortion is a sin because killing a human is wrong, that only God can decide who lives and who dies — yet they strongly support the death penalty. So they want the state to play God and don’t see the hypocrisy in their position?
FRANK MANFRE, GRAYSON
Execution remains effective deterrent
Justice has been done, Kelly Gissendaner has been executed for masterminding the killing of her husband, and closure for his family has come. A few years ago, a killer went on a killing spree, and when asked why he did not kill in Texas, he replied that Texas has the death penalty and enforces it. The death penalty is a deterrent to murder when the would-be murderer knows the penalty can and will be execution. Would it not be better to prevent murder, via 100 percent enforcement of the death penalty, as opposed to seeking cooperation and offering life in prison in exchange for divulging where the killer left the body?
BILL SMITH, STOCKBRIDGE