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February 25, 2014 at 12:02 PM

Death penalty: applied inconsistently; margin of error too high

(Gabriel Campanario / The Seattle Times)

(Gabriel Campanario / The Seattle Times)

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Capital punishment applied inconsistently

On the one hand I can relate to Brian Moran’s position supporting the death penalty for Jonathan Gentry and others like him [“Should Washington state abolish the death penalty?” Opinion, Feb. 22]. Who doesn’t experience a desire for vengeance and retribution for such a heinous crime?

But I get stuck on some other realities of capital punishment, including those described by Eldon Vail and Dick Morgan, particularly the uneven way in which the death penalty is applied.

How is it that the most prolific killer in the state’s history — Gary Ridgway — escaped the death penalty? Was he the criminal-justice version of “too big to fail” — meaning that when you kill dozens of victims, rather than only one or two — there is more value in gaining information regarding all of the victims than in executing him for any one murder?

I applaud Gov. Jay Inslee for his courageous stand calling for a moratorium on executions, allowing for a renewed debate on this issue.

Janet Barbour Michaelsen, former superintendent Twin Rivers Corrections Center

Margin of error is too high

Dick Morgan and Eldon Vail’s guest column on the death penalty, though informative, left out a fundamental argument against the death penalty. The use of case reviews and the increasing implementation of DNA have shown that about 10 percent of inmates nationwide since 1976 have been released from death row with evidence of their innocence, according to the NAACP. While 1 percent is too much, 10 percent is unacceptable.

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February 20, 2014 at 12:42 PM

Death penalty: No evidence that executions do not deter murder

Gov. Jay Inslee recently set a moratorium on all executions as long as he remains governor [“It’s time for the state to end the death penalty,” Opinion, Feb. 18]. He said the law has been applied inconsistently and there is no evidence that the death penalty deters homicides. According to the Washington State Law…

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February 18, 2014 at 7:01 AM

Coal trains: Kudos for reviewing the Longview terminal

As a young person deeply concerned about climate change, I am very proud of Gov. Jay Inslee and the Washington State Department of Ecology for taking a stand and requiring a broad environmental impact statement for the Longview coal export terminal proposal [“Proposed coal terminal near Longview faces broad review,” Local News, Feb….

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0 Comments | More in Climate change, Coal train | Topics: coal terminal, Coal trains, Gov. Jay Inslee

February 15, 2014 at 9:14 AM

Death penalty: Costs don’t represent legitimate appeals

I am a Democrat on most issues, with the notable exception of the death penalty [“Restart the conversation on the death penalty,” Opinion, Feb. 11]. If there is total certainty that a person has intentionally committed murder without a compelling reason, such as self-defense, the murderer should be humanely executed. What reasonable explanation is…

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February 14, 2014 at 10:27 AM

Death penalty: killing innocent people; Wash. is better than capital punishment

How many innocent people are we willing to kill? The one question that we, as citizens, have to answer with regard to the death penalty is this: How many innocent people are we willing to kill to preserve the capital punishment system? One a year? One a century? [“Restart the conversation on the death…

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0 Comments | More in Death penalty | Topics: capital punishment, David Roy, death penalty

February 28, 2013 at 4:00 PM

Mistakes on 520 bridge will be costly

Bad use of taxpayer money Well it would have been a good morning if the public wasn’t being informed about another screwup by the state [“State admits costly mistakes on 520 bridge,” page one, Feb. 27]. When are the citizens of this state going to demand state employees — not the great workers, but those responsible…

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0 Comments | More in 520 bridge, Politics, transit | Topics: Gas tax, Gov. Jay Inslee, Highway 520

February 25, 2013 at 4:02 PM

GOP asks Tim Eyman to apologize to Gov. Jay Inslee

The pot and the kettle Tim Eyman called Jay Inslee “a lying whore” [“GOP: Eyman’s remark to Gov. Inslee uncalled for,” NWFriday, Feb. 22]. Is this the same Tim Eyman who lied to us back in 2002 by saying that he worked for free but he was actually paying himself handsomely from campaign donations? Eyman defined…

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0 Comments | More in Politics, Taxes | Topics: Gov. Jay Inslee, Tim Eyman, Washington state taxes

February 25, 2013 at 4:00 PM

State transportation package includes gradual 10 cent gas-tax increase

Income tax should be prioritized Please give us a state income tax [“Gas, car-tab taxes drive Dems’ plan,” page one, Feb. 21]. We are already the state with the most regressive tax structure — that is the poor and working class are paying too much of the tax bill. Adding to the gas tax is…

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0 Comments | More in Transportation | Topics: Gov. Jay Inslee, Income tax, Washington state Department of Transportation