Letter: How to explain state’s support for death penalty?
Traditionally, New Hampshire has been very frugal, especially in the area of government expenditures.
We want to spend money only on programs that work. But when it comes to the issue of capital punishment, our eyes glaze over and we throw frugality to the winds and we are willing to spend millions to try to execute someone.
How can we explain this hiccup in our logic?
We say that we want a capital punishment law on the books to deter murderers. But there is no evidence that such a law works. Could it be that some people simply want revenge?
Perhaps they think they will feel better if the state can fry or hang or gas a murderer. And what if we discovered afterward that a mistake had been made? Wouldn’t that make all New Hampshire residents guilty of having killed an innocent person? I don’t want that responsibility.
I favor life imprisonment for convicted murderers.
ROBERT B. WILLIAMS Jr.