The governor’s legacy
At the most recent meeting of the Political Animals Club in Little Rock, Mrs. Annie Abrams, as customary, was given the first question to Governor Hutchinson. In her elegant way, Mrs. Abrams asked the governor what he’d consider his legacy. Laughingly, he said he couldn’t completely answer that as he planned to be around quite a bit longer.
I had the opportunity, after his talk, to ask him directly about his scheduling an historic eight executions of men in Arkansas between April 17-27. I told him I am a member of the Arkansas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty and felt I had to ask him if he’d be present to witness the execution of each of these eight men. He answered that he didn’t think it would be appropriate. I strongly disagreed then, and I do now.
Governor Hutchinson, I must ask again: “Will you be present to witness what others must carry out at your direction—the death of eight individuals?” Undoubtedly, a significant part of the answer to Mrs. Abrams’ question of your legacy as governor will be the historic execution of eight men within a period of two weeks in Arkansas.
History will not be kind to this action, I believe, and Arkansas will be shamed by this notoriety. You are a better person than to leave this legacy for yourself and your state. CAROLINE STEVENSON