Majority of Americans support death penalty

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  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Jan. 30, 2013 8:51 a.m.

    Germany had a leader that used the death penalty for a lot of different reasons. There is no turning back when the execution method starts, whether hanging, lethal injection, chamber or firing squad. Courts are supposed to keep the system fair but if the legislature makes laws, the courts have to comply.

    We need to have a society that care about people more than sports or recreational activities. Teachers can do a lot of good for our children, at school, at church and even on the sports field. However, when society and leaders blame schools and homes for failures, it is not motivating for parents who may have their problems to the top of their heads.

    We need more caring and not from a government that wants to give handouts without requiring efforts on the part of the receivers. Elections are important but if government has grown so much that legislators cannot get a grasp on the agencies and departments, in their term of office, it is a shame. Elections with campaigning for 1 to 2 years is causing elected officials to not work their real job.

    The courts do their job with laws they have before them.

  • DSB Cedar Hills, UT
    Jan. 29, 2013 10:55 p.m.

    It's not hard to reconcile Christianity with the death penalty. Some crimes are really so heinous that the penalty of death sends an appropriate message that those who commit them do not deserve to live in our world. I'm wondering how one reads the Bible and concludes that God is completely against the death penalty in all cases.

    That being said, I do believe the standards should be more strict. Instead of "beyond reasonable doubt," I think it should be applied only in the most extreme cases that are absolutely proven with 100% certainty, probably involving living witnesses, DNA, recordings, being caught in the act, etc. I think that would allay the concerns of those who support the death penalty but are disturbed by wrongful convictions.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Jan. 29, 2013 5:50 p.m.

    I don't know how you lawyer your way to reconcile christianity with the death penalty, but lots of people do it.

  • Eliyahu Pleasant Grove, UT
    Jan. 29, 2013 12:43 p.m.

    It's a bit ironic that so many people have concerns about wrongful convictions and yet support a punishment that makes it impossible to remedy a wrongful conviction.