Letters to the Editor

End the death penalty

I am a member of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of San Luis Obispo County. The first principle of my faith asks me to recognize “the inherent worth and dignity of every person.” Yes, that includes even those who have committed crimes. I also serve on the board of People of Faith for Justice, a local nonprofit interfaith group working to secure our civil rights and working for economic and environmental justice, as well as for peace and nonviolence.

Proposition 34 addresses almost all of these justice issues. Executing criminals is a violent act, and violence begets violence. Deterring crime has not been shown to be an outcome of the death penalty. Imprisoning criminals without possibility of parole provides safety for our communities and will bring closure more quickly to victims’ families than the endless waiting for death penalty appeals and reviews. And there would be no chance of executing the wrong person!

California spends $130 million a year on the death penalty; passage of Proposition 34 will save us money.

Please vote “yes” on Proposition 34.