By Paul Daquilante • Staff Writer • 

Death penalty back on the table in Wolfe case

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Two deaths will never be atoned for by one more. The governor has kept in place the moratorium against the death penalty that her predecessor put into play, so what is the big deal between a death sentence or life without parole? Neither will bring back a young mother and child. Should we as Oregonians be in the business of murder? What chance is there for genuine repentance if the accused is denied his life? And for that matter are we prepared to execute someone when there is a chance they are innocent? We need to rethink the death penalty and leave our hard hearts out of the equation. Otherwise where is the justice?


Right on Hibb. Why spend the time and $ to get back to the decision?

Bill B

@Hibb Right, we should give him a chance to repent. You're kidding, right? If anyone deserves the death penalty, this guy does.


Bill B: The very core of our judicial system is the tenet of "innocent until proven guilty" but it certainly sounds like you have already made your mind up in this matter without even affording the accused his day in court. Is he guilty? That is for a jury to decide. If he is guilty, then why rush off to snuff out another life when this one can be lived in a secure facility. Isn't that why we spend billions of dollars on the Dept. of Corrections? And as for his opportunity to repent... well, I would rather give him that chance a thousand times over rather than condemning his to a Christ-less hell. That's the nature of Christian compassion and it is even so strong that it is extended to you and your hard heart as well.

Bill B



He is a waste of space.


According to the Vera Institute of Justice, incarceration costs an average of more than $31,000 per inmate, per year, nationwide. In some states, it’s as much as $60,000. Taxpayers foot the bill for feeding, housing and securing people in state and federal penitentiaries. Thant's just the tip of the iceberg


LML: So is there a dollar amount for a life in your scenario?


Actually, there is a dollar amount: compensatory damages awarded by the courts and insurance agencies for wrongful death cases, malpractice, unsafe working conditions and, of course, murder.
Please, can we quit dragging Christ into the argument for the sake of convenience? It appears we already have hell right here on earth; no need to live in fear of it or threaten it, either. Thank you in advance.