Re "Executions needed for monsters" (Marcos Breton, Nov. 4): Marcos Breton's column encourages executing "monsters" whose crimes are despicable, but seems unaware that vengeful thinking has limits. The death penalty's cost is high (more than life in prison) and its deterrent power is undetectable. Then there are those pesky innocent men on death row, freed by DNA technology.
Vengeful thinking like Breton's is behind policies like the drug war, which produces more U.S. prisoners in absolute and per-capita terms than any other nation incarcerates. Such vengeful thinking was surely behind invading a country with no connection to 9/11 and without weapons of mass destruction, killing thousands of innocents, and spending trillions.
-- Mark Dempsey, Orangevale
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