Responses to last week’s Tele-Talk question — “Do you approve of the Legislature’s vote getting rid of the death penalty?” — were almost unanimous in opposition to removing the death penalty. The full selection of responses is printed here.


I do not approve of New Hampshire getting rid of the death penalty. Furthermore, I do not approve of New Hampshire never using the death penalty since the 1930s. What happens is, someone is convicted and then they become a jail house lawyer and we have to pay for their legal defense for the next 50 years. I think the death penalty works every time. There is no doubt that if you kill someone who has committed capital murder they’re never going to do it again.


Yes, I do approve, absolutely. Let’s get rid of the death penalty.


No, I do not approve of New Hampshire getting rid of the death penalty. It’s funny how progressive liberals are willing to kill a baby in the womb but they’ll let someone live after they kill someone else. It’s beyond hypocritical to me. It’s all messed up.


Sorry, Jeb Bradley, you just lost my vote. If you’re going to do away with the death penalty, and anybody else I can vote for in my area, will be in the same boat. Why should they sit and lavish on our dollars the rest of their lives? They get better health care and better food than we get when we’re trying to live on Social Security and all of that. And if we do have the penalty maybe it will keep some of those characters from murdering?


In 1990, in my ancestral home state of Delaware, I was asked by a Superior Court judge to be a state witness at the execution of James Allen Red Dog. He was an animal that tortured and mutilated a family for days in their basement. This animal didn’t deserve to breathe the same air as any of us. I was happy to know that the state wasn’t going to bear the cost of maximum incarceration for many decades. This guy was bad, and he himself knew it. After the first round or two of trial and appeal, he threw in the towel and said “kill me.” He got his wish. As he lay on the execution gurney with IVs in each arm, the juice began to flow. He looked at the gallery of witnesses and said, “as for you all, go to hell.” I think the death penalty should remain, used sparingly, if ever. This execution gave the remainder of the victim’s family real and final closure. Some animals just need to be removed from the ranks of law-abiding citizens.


The killer is put in jail with full medical, meals, a warm place to sleep, etc. The loved ones can go and see the murderer for the rest of his life, but they can never see their loved one again. What about the good book, an eye for an eye and a tooth for tooth? Bill from Conway.


On the abolition of the death penalty for capital crimes in New Hampshire: This was a stupid piece of legislation enacted by the SS Party, which subjects law enforcement correctional officers to being murdered by inmates already serving life sentences without possibility of parole. Other inmates are also at risk of being murdered by the same group of characters. As a member of a family that has cops, anything that endangers my family members or any other law enforcement officer I find personally offensive. The current group of legislators in Concord does not represent “we the people,” but an agenda that harms and hurts individuals. This is a party that has consistently shown disregard for the laws of our state and nation. Their anti-law enforcement actions have produced riots, violent demonstrations and resulted in destruction of property and maiming of citizens. Free speech has been assaulted. The classical liberal as represented by Voltaire who stated: “I may disagree with everything you may say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it,” has been replaced by the illiberal who says “I may disagree with everything you say, and you may not say it.” Again, blue lives matter and targets should not be placed on the backs of those who serve and protect. Eugene Long, Jr. M.D. from Eaton.


The death penalty, what is the matter with it anyway? We’re all going to be dead in 12 yearsaren’t those flatulating cows all going to take us out? Another thing, just remember they’re politicians; you people allow them to make decisions for yourselves.


Since we are forgiving people, the culprit who killed somebody should be given a very strong warning and then we should all give them a big hug, hold hands and sing Kumbaya.


No one has been executed in N.H. since before WWII. It’s a dead issue.

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