Post by SoulTrainOz on Jul 12, 2006 4:08:40 GMT -5
I believe the Times Herald'sJuly 5 editorial, "Michigan can do without a death penalty," is way off base. Having a death penalty in place for capital crimes would serve a purpose: It would provide much-needed additional funds for the state to allot for education.
The latest figures I saw for housing an inmate in prison was in excess of $30,000 per year. Why do we taxpayers pay more to keep a murderer alive for nothing, yet we pay roughly $7,100 per year to educate one child?
What's wrong here? The children are our future. The convicted murderer is not.
I support state Rep. Dan Acciavatti's campaign to change the Michigan Constitution and have the death penalty instated. I would rather pay tax dollars for a child to learn, rather than to support a convict, who has no future and will never see the light of day again, in a prison cell.
CHRIS HENDRICKS----Marysville, July 7
(source: Letter to the Editor, Port Huron Times-Herald)