It seems that our liberal California friend, Dennis Kostecki (Readers' Forum, July 20), wants to abolish the death penalty. He said that it just leads to "other acts of violence." However the data indicate that no criminal put to death ever committed another violent crime, while many criminals released on parole have committed violent crimes. Also, the death penalty saves thousands of dollars in appeals and lawyer fees.

Kostecki seems like a compassionate human being. I can only hope his compassion extends to all. I hope that he is not the typical liberal hypocrite who fights to save hardened criminals who were given fair trials from suffering death in the name of "compassion" but is fine pronouncing the death penalty, without trial, on millions of innocent babies in the name of "choice."

Doug Walters

Orem