Re "Vote tests two big gut issues" (Dan Walters, Sept. 30): I disagree with Dan Walters' assessment that Proposition 34 is trailing in the polls. Voters are evenly divided, with 13 percent undecided. Support for the death penalty has been dropping off over the past few years, and a recent Public Policy Institute of California poll found that 50 percent of likely voters in this state prefer a sentence of life in prison without parole over the death penalty, which only 42 percent preferred.
When voters get the facts -- the death penalty costs $130 million more per year than life in prison without parole, only 13 people have actually been executed since 1978 and we face a serious risk of executing an innocent person -- they come to the only reasonable conclusion: the death penalty is broken beyond repair. California is ready to replace the death penalty.
-- Allen Asch, Sacramento
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