Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV


March 27, 2013

The Bible, speeding, death penalty


— — On a story about a Republican lawmaker once again introducing a bill to reinstate capital punishment in West Virginia, and the question of should West Virginia have the death penalty:

• Nope — Neal V.

• Yes — Tammy J.

• Most definitely yes. Why should taxpayers pay for some killer to spend the rest of his life getting free meals, a free college education, and get to sit and watch TV, when their victim is six feet in the ground and their family is left to grieve over their loss? Especially those that kill children. I do not want my tax dollars paying for anything for someone that has so little disregard for human life. So yeah, bring back the death penalty. If it is proven beyond any shadow of a doubt that the defendant did the crime, then execute them. And give a member of the family the choice to pull the plug or push the button — Kaye L.

• An eye for an eye — Petey P.

• Yes people need to be held accountable for murder in the first degree — Derek K.

• The death penalty is more expensive and is used wrongly far more often than life in prison is. It's inefficient and used disproportionately against the innocent — Matt S.

• The only reason it would be more expensive to enforce the death penalty is because offenders are given too many chances to appeal. That's what costs so much. Reduce the number of appeals and reduce the amount of time they have to appeal. Speed up the entire judicial process to ease the taxpayer's burden — Kelli C.


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