Fast Focus: 'What do you think of Gov. Inslee suspending the death penalty?' Flawed system As a registered Independent, I applaud Gov. Inslee's decision and note that it does not surprise me. After all, even a stopped clock is right twice a day. -- Brett

February 23, 2014 

Gov. Inslee just suspended Washington's death penalty. It's true that the capital punishment system is terribly flawed. However, I believe that if we are going to suspend the death penalty, there should be a provision to place miscreants in a hole (for life); letting them out for bone-breaking, hard labor daily. There should be no companionship, no television, no college credits leading to law school, only adequate calories to support life, but not lobster bisque. At the end of every day in their cement tomb, they might wish the state had an active capital punishment program.

I am aware that a disturbing number of people on death row have been released on new-found evidence. If we found such an individual, tucking a million-dollar check in his pocket might help him forget the hell that he was in. Inslee has a point, it's hard to bring the dead back and apologize.

-- ROBERT L. WHITSON, Richland

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