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June 11, 2014

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Ada — During admittedly rare sane moments, I reject eye-for-an-eye justice.

 Just do the math and it turns out to be a counterproductive tool. The revenge has to be avenged, and that revenge has to be re-avenged, and so on and so on...

 You never make any headway. Everybody just gets to feel that "gotcha" emotion for a minute or two.

 Therefore the death penalty must be wrong, though there are moments when I want to dust off Old Testament justice. Like most people, I couldn't wait to see Timothy McVeigh get the needle. 

 From the moment I heard him say, "collateral damage," I wanted him dead.

 That can't be a good thing and yet...

 McVeigh killed 168 innocent people and injured more than 680 others trying to make a statement about government, then he ran off and hid until his car got pulled over. He should have to pay with his life, right?

 If he really had something to say he should have shown up at the carnage and said it in person. He'd have been shot, of course, but some of us would have felt better, sooner.

  I know I sound flippant — okay, obnoxious — about a serious subject, but this persistent hypocrisy has disturbed me most of my life.

  If all we have is revenge, it just stands to reason we'll eventually wipe each other out, won't we?

  Shouldn't there be more love where hate exists? Wouldn't we be better people? Just saying...

  A story I was assigned recently on a prisoner titled "Saved by the DOGS," got me to thinking about my hypocritical stance on the death penalty. 

 When we throw a person in prison, he's subjected to a life of negative behavior on a daily basis. Violence is always near. He may get used to it after awhile. It's likely more of what he's heard most of his life. 

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