Re "Executions needed for monsters" (Marcos Breton, Nov. 4): I've never seen a better case for maintaining the death penalty than Marcos Breton's column.
Those advocating its repeal have lately stooped to economic arguments. If it could be shown that capital punishment carried out with all deliberate speed (which they strenuously resist) would cost less than life imprisonment, they would rightly condemn any use of this to justify it.
For those convicted of the kind of monstrous crimes Breton describes, whether or not to retain and impose the death penalty is a matter of justice. Those of us on Breton's side believe justice is not served by allowing such people to live.
Others may legitimately disagree, so long as they don't presume moral superiority or disingenuously advance their repeal agenda with cost-savings arguments.
-- Barry Mackintosh, Lincoln
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