- - Monday, May 12, 2014

It is difficult to understand how a state can be incapable of properly carrying out an execution, but again and again we learn of such events being botched, the latest embarrassment occurring in the state of Oklahoma (“Oklahoma court agrees to 6-month stay of execution,” Web, May 8).

I know of no instance in which the euthanization of a dog resulted in the horror show that took place in the latest execution amateur hour. Why can the process not be perfected for those individuals who have been sentenced to death? I have no compassion or sympathy for a beast who would torture and shoot a woman, then bury her while she was still alive, as the executed Oklahoma convict, Clayton Lovett, did. However, this is the United States, not Iran, North Korea or Saudi Arabia. We do not act so as to exact bloody revenge when someone is put to death, nor do we revel in gore.

If death by lethal injection is too much of a challenge for state governments to pull off, then let us return to the days of the firing squad. It is quick and not subject to error.


Upper Saint Clair, Pa.

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