A humane way to execute

05/11/2014 2:05 PM

05/12/2014 8:58 AM

Re "There's no humane way to be executed" (Viewpoints, May 1): I loved reading this article and hearing someone else's view and opinion on such an important debate. Eugene Robinson wrote about the botched execution of Clayton Lockett. I can only imagine how horrifying that would be for all involved.

I enjoyed reading Robinson article because you illustrated all sides of the argument. I agree that something needs to be done to improve the conditions in which we execute our death row inmates.

I believe we do have a humane way to execute. With four states having legalized assisted suicide by a doctor and the nation euthanizing animals by the thousands daily, this may be the answer. If we can painlessly euthanize terminally ill patients and put to sleep completely healthy animals why can't we use the same method for these inmates? Even though I am for the death penalty, I also believe there is a way to solve the issue of humanely executing inmates.

-- Jennifer Lacroix, Sacramento

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