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February 15, 2014 at 6:15 AM

Death penalty: Inslee’s decision doesn’t represent will of the people

To say Gov. Jay Inslee’s decision to impose a death penalty moratorium is shortsighted is an understatement [“Restart the conversation on the death penalty,” Opinion, Feb. 11].

The governor’s job is to represent the will of the people, and he has simply assumed that the majority of those in Washington state are against the death penalty. According to past polls, that is not the case. While his decision may ease his conscience, it will do little to comfort the families of the victims of current death-row inmates, or those who may be sentenced to death in the future. If you have any doubt, ask the relatives of the Anderson family from Carnation.

All Gov. Inslee is doing is shirking his duty in having to make difficult decisions, and passing the buck to his successor.

Ron Hopper, Carnation

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