Death penalty increases safety

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We have a debate on the virtues of raising taxes vs. cutting expenditures. I have to say that collective belt-tightening makes sense to me. We spend too much on things the average American couldn’t care less about. That being said, I don’t see how, if we are to maintain our sovereignty and place in the world, we can afford to trade our morality for the sake of reform. Opponents of the death penalty say that death row costs too much. They say, “institute life sentences.” With the average cost for a state inmate at roughly $47,000 per annum, that doesn’t even make fiduciary sense, forgetting the moral outrage that would be suffered by the families of homicide victims. Appeals are too long and expensive. If defense attorneys can’t do it in one year, they should be chasing ambulances. When laws were quickly and efficiently enforced, America was safer. Some decry errors made in death penalty cases. Mistakes made were mainly due to ineffective means of information gathering. Technology has solved much of that problem. Most robberies, burglaries, car thefts, even murders are perpetrated by drug users willing to put lives and property at risk for the sake of their self-destructive habit. Saving wasted lives won’t fix the real problem. Rich De Shon, Auburn