- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 26, 2009

Gov. Martin O’Malley is strongly urging the Maryland legislature to rescind the death penalty. His belief is that it is inconsistent with the most basic and fundamental beliefs upon which this republic was founded. We do not have the right to take the life of a human being.

This makes good common sense. Now let me read this correctly: If a human being commits a heinous crime by killing several of his fellow human beings without a logical reason and is found guilty by a jury of his peers, his sentence is proscribed to be executed as the death penalty. We should not honor the court’s decision, and, instead, the prisoner should be given life in jail without parole. This means he will spend his life in a cell and will receive three meals a day and free medical treatment plus a TV, possibly with cable.

If that is justice, I could find numerous homeless people who would love that deal.

If Mr. O’Malley is adamant about repealing the death penalty, he should eliminate all death penalties, i.e., the abortion of an unborn child who has committed no heinous crime nor violated any of our laws. Mr. O’Malley wants it both ways - save the life of the criminal and kill the unborn child. This is either a case of politics or the ultimate form of hypocrisy.


Silver Spring

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