Well done, Illinois
I’d like to send a great big brave bouquet to my home state of Illinois for abolishing the death penalty. By so doing, it became the 16th state in the union to end capital punishment and the fourth in the past two years.
Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn said it was impossible to fix a system that wrongly condemned 20 men who were later found to be innocent. He was not the first Illinois governor to confront this issue. Some of you may remember that in 2000, Republican Gov. George Ryan imposed a moratorium on a death penalty system he called “broken.” He furthered angered his Republican constituents in 2003 when he emptied Illinois’ death row, declaring that he was appalled by wrongful convictions.
So, Gov. Quinn, you did the right thing. You have established a trust fund for the families of homicide victims. You have taken the remaining 15 prisoners on your state’s death row and put them in confinement without the possibility of parole. By doing so, you have protected society by incapacitating the criminal. Further, you have prevented the wrongful death of one or more individuals. If you were a family member of one of those wrongly executed, you know that is one too many.
The game of monopoly
When is “free enterprise” not so free? The answer is, when monopoly status is granted to a drug company: KV Pharmaceutical, which didn’t even conceive of the formulation of the drug Makena used in preventing preterm labor (The Tribune, March 10). Of course, in the tradition of a business with such an advantage, KV Pharmaceutical promptly increased the price from $20 per dose to $1,500! They spin this by pointing out that medical treatment using Makena is less costly than treating a premature birth. I’m glad to see they’re looking out for us. However, the actual effect will be to contribute to premature births due to lack of affordability, and to cause higher insurance rates and taxes for everyone. To add insult to injury, the profits gained from gouging the public will likely be used to lobby to maintain their advantage and minimize their tax burden. Talk about a redistribution of wealth!
Big oil’s bottom line
We all know that when something happens in the Middle East, we can expect fuel prices to rise. However, there has not been a fuel shortage as of yet, and more than likely there is not going to be one. So to me, I see this as the oil companies making outrageous profits, just like they did back in 2008! It’s not what is happening in the Middle East — it’s all the bottom line: more money!