Re "Close race on death penalty" (Page A1, Sept. 25): It infuriates me that every few years, we have another proposition to overturn the death penalty, which has had constant support of the people for decades. This year the proponents of Proposition 34 are trying to make an end run to overturn the death penalty. Groups, notably the American Civil Liberties Union, cite the costs and length of time required to end in an execution. How ironic since it is groups like the ACLU that are a large part of the cause of the endless appeals and delays that lead to the high costs and long time periods involved.
As to the death penalty not being a deterrent, every time we execute a convicted felon, we have permanently deterred that person!
A real solution? Instead of overturning the death penalty, we should overhaul the appeals process and delete unwarranted delays. By eliminating frivolous appeals and delays, costs would be much less.
-- William James Faiola, El Dorado Hills
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