Re "State chastised for slow walking the 'long walk'" (Editorials, July 22): I disagree that a political leader should not tackle the death penalty conundrum. I believe the person would be a hero.
Think about all of the money that person would save California. Our state spends an exorbitant amount to house, feed, keep healthy, keep warm, transport, entertain (computers, TVs, cable, libraries), etc., these criminals. Another expenditure is the labor for the correctional officers who are employed to watch the criminals in their cells, or their overtime. This political leader could then redirect those funds to their constituency and be revered for a very long time.
-- Christie Waldron, Orangevale