Will execution make Ohio safer?
What does the state of Ohio gain by executing Alva Campbell? Nothing, except shame and disgrace. Killing a frail, sick, dying old man (no matter what he did) is cruel, heartless and inhumane. Will Ohio be safer? Absolutely not. Gov. John Kasich, who claims to be a compassionate Christian, is not modeling good Christian values and behavior. Would Jesus push the button to inject poison into a fellow human being?
In addition to the moral issue, is a fiscal issue. Our fiscally conservative governor and legislature need to look at the state money being wasted by keeping the death penalty on the books. It costs far more to execute someone than to put him in prison for the rest of his life. Also, it is not true that the death penalty deters murder. Ohio’s murder rate is higher than Michigan’s, and that state has not had a death penalty since 1847.
I implore Kasich, as a lameduck governor, to abolish this mockery of justice. It is time to demonstrate real and compassionate leadership.
The Rev. Gary D. Witte Columbus should thank God every day that he (President Trump) won the presidency and is fighting against the forces that, would, in fact, lead us to a fascist state.” Despite being “crass, crude, belligerent and perhaps even a narcissist and ‘consumate liar.’”
Sells should add despite being a known sexual predator and philanderer; despite shoving aside anyone who has an opinion that differs from his own; despite leading his country into known climate catastrophes; and despite treating anyone who stands up to him in the cruelest, most inhumane ways.
No, Mr. Sells, I do not thank the almighty for Donald Trump; I must assume that he or she (God) hopes that this election will open our eyes to what we must do to become a forgiving, compassionate, helping nation that sees the least of us as important as the most enriched. I gather Sells does not care one way or the other if we have elected a new edition of Adolf Hitler. It would be best if he did worry.
We had all better wake up to the fact that President Trump, if left unchecked and unconfronted, will lead this country, if not the globe, into ruin. Donald Trump is the president of the United States; but he is not mine.
Andrew Workum Columbus