Gov. Inslee's moratorium on the death penalty was an unexpected action that I fully support. His rationale was that Washington's capital punishment system has "problems." I would go farther and say that the death penalty is unnecessary and immoral. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, in their publication "Catholic Campaign to End the Use of the Death Penalty" (available via usccb.org) states that " ... the dignity of the human person applies to both victims and offenders .... Our fundamental respect for every human life ... requires that we choose not to end a human life in response to violent crimes if non-lethal options are available."
In our state, the non-lethal option of life in prison is available and there is no need for the death penalty. Christ taught us to pray for those who harm us. Perhaps we Christians could consider praying for criminals that during their long years in prison (not cut short by execution) they will repent of their evil and turn to the Lord. Praying for a man or woman who committed a heinous crime is awfully hard to do. I guess I had better first pray for myself.
-- MARY HARTMAN, Richland