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June 2007 , Page 4 

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Taking a Stand Against the Death Penalty

By Martin S. Pinales

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It would be a great day in our nation’s history if we joined the other enlightened nations of the world and abolished the death penalty. I am amazed that the United States, the world leader in so many areas, finds it morally acceptable to follow the notion of “an eye for an eye.” Capital punishment is state-authorized murder, and any form of murder is immoral and should not be tolerated.

On a recent trip to Chicago with my 12-year-old granddaughter, Sofia, I was listening to the radio as it gave the details of the execution of Saddam Hussein. Sofia asked what was happening. After pondering some, I said, “Saddam Hussein did some very bad things and he even killed a lot of people.” I’m sure the death penalty has never been discussed with her before. I explained that he had received a trial and his punishment was that he would be executed. After a moment of thought, Sofia said it was wrong to punish anyone by killing them. It would be better to lock him up for

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