Day: December 2, 2011

I nor the Governor can support death penalty

A Box of Soap By DON VOWELL Governor John Kitzhaber has said he won’t sign the execution order for Gary Haugen.  That ignited a firestorm of discussion, and it is welcome. Some say it is an autocratic move ignoring the will of the people.  The most recent vote on the death penalty was in 1984.  A little over 60 percent of registered voters turned out. Of that group, about 56 percent voted for Ronald Reagan over the 44 percent favoring Walter Mondale.  The death penalty measure passed by a nearly identical ratio.  It is not preposterous to think that Oregon’s death penalty measure was passed by conservative voters who also favored Ronald Reagan.  You cannot argue that the measure didn’t pass, but you could be forgiven for believing that it may not have passed in a year where Democrats had the stronger voter turnout. I would argue on a smaller scale.  Putting a prisoner to death ignores the will of this person.  Whatever the justification is for killing a criminal, I can’t support it. If we are to believe that murder is the most vile sin against an individual or a society, how does it make sense to repeat that sin, then rename it justice?  Killing is bad unless good people do it, which makes it good. Many people try to bring it closer to home – how would...

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Thank you community

To the Editor: Gubser Elementary School Parent Club would like to thank the following Keizer/Salem businesses for their donations to this years Jog-A-Thon. The event was a great success because of their generosity. Allied, Bi-Mart Cascade Gutters, Costco, DeMoss Enterprises, Fred Meyer, J.C.’s Pizza, King & King, Dr. Lady-Jean Ramsey D.M.D., Roths-Keizer, Safeway-Keizer, Target-Keizer, Town & Country Lanes, and WinCo Foods. Glenna Flesch...

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The right decision on death penalty

To the Editor: I am pleased that Governor Kitzhaber has decided that he will no longer support the death penalty in Oregon.  At the same time, I am dismayed that so many Oregonians disagree with him. How can these people, those that disagree with the governor, countenance the fact that over two-thirds of the countries in the world have abolished the death penalty, putting the United States, in its refusal to do so, in league with China, North Korea, Iran and Yemen? Are they not aware that many countries now refuse to honor extradition requests from the United States because of it? There are many reasons to abolish the death penalty, not the least of which is the fact that, in almost 40 years, 138 people throughout the country have been released from death row due to wrongful conviction. One wonders how many more should have been.  I consider this gutsy decision on the governor’s part to be, perhaps, the high water mark of his administration. Art Burr...

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Letter of reference

To the Editor: I have known Roland Herrara for 25 years.  When I was president of Keizer Little League, Roland was a tireless volunteer and member of the board of directors. For many years he volutneered as an umpire and a coach. Roland volunteered at McNary High School sporting events. He has always displayed a great positive attitude and is a contributor to our Keizer community and youth. I am proud to regard Roland as a close personal friend of myself and my family. John Doneth...

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