Writers have no experience

To the Editor: It never ceases to amaze me when people who have no first hand experience in a subject take it upon themselves to lecture the rest of us about their superior understanding of a complex issue. Two letters in a recent edition of Keizertimes illustrate this point. Messrs. Burr and Vowell are entitled to their opinion regarding the-death penalty in Oregon. But until they actually are involved in the recovery of a dead young homicide victim, or until they knock on a stranger’s door to tell the person who answers that they have lost a loved one at the hands of another, or until they have looked in the eyes of a cold blooded killer and seen only hate for you and your part in that person’s being brought to justice, (I’ve done all of the above) you have no credibility to back up your opinion. So, Mr. Burr, I don’t care about how many nations have eliminated the death penalty. I wonder what those nations felt when the war criminals of World War II were executed? And, Mr. Vowell, your argument that something less than 50% of all voters were responsible for passing the death penalty holds no water. How many public servants and measures have ever had a 100 percent voter turn out? Both of you gentlemen, along with Governor Kitzhaber, have made yourselves judge...

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