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April 6, 2009 at 5:00 PM

Lethal-injection team resigns

Death-penalty discussions needed

This article indicates that a major reason for the entire team resigning was that, if their identities were exposed, they expected demonstrations at their homes [“Lethal-injection team quits,” NW Friday, April 3].

Obviously, their secrecy demands that they cannot be interviewed, leaving open other possibilities.

Is it not possible that, if they would speak, they might discuss the horror of the death penalty firsthand.

Perhaps this knowledge has led to all of them deciding to resign simultaneously. As to their fear of demonstration, I have never heard of a death-penalty demonstration at a private home. Perhaps they suspect the possibility of such a demonstration has been enhanced because our state governmental leaders have virtually failed to hold serious discussions, let alone vote on, the controversial and divisive death-penalty issue.

I cannot speak for the voiceless, but the Legislature has been selected to speak for the people. As far as the death penalty, their responsibility has been avoided. In a modern state conducting international business, that must change.

— Jack Smith, Seattle

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