Letter: Death penalty, conservatism are wholly incompatible
I would like to remind readers and others like Cecile Marini (“Death Penalty? Absolutely,” Monitor letter, Dec. 6) that the core values of conservatism – fiscal responsibility and small government – are incompatible with a simultaneous advocacy for the death penalty. The death penalty is a far more expensive process in all its appeals than an entire maintenance of a life imprisonment, and no government could ever be considered small while still maintaining the power to put its citizens to death. Neither does the death penalty act as a deterrent to crime, so one wonders then as to what its purpose truly is.