"We can't keep ignoring death penalty's failings," is the OpEd by Robert C. Goodrich Jr., published in the Tennessean on November 24. He's chairman of the board of Tennesseans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty and an attorney.
The state of Tennessee has set two executions for next year, and many more are likely to follow, using drugs of death obtained from sources made secret by an act of our legislature. We cannot in good conscience ignore what is right before us. The now secretive, distasteful business of the death penalty is not worthy of us, and it is we (you and me) who are responsible. Let’s stop it now.
Join us for Generations Against the Death Penalty, a benefit concert for Tennesseans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty. The Wednesday, Dec. 4, benefit concert at 3rd and Lindsley will feature singer-songwriter John Hiatt, his daughter Lilly and a handful of musical parent-and-offspring pairings. You can find out more at tennesseedeathpenalty.org.
The Knoxville News-Sentinel posts the OpEd by Drew Johnson, "Capital punishment inconsistent with conservative views."
Conservatives from all levels of government are fighting to protect innocent life, promote financial responsibility and support government programs that really work. After all, that’s what conservatism is all about. That’s why conservatives such as myself, Tennessee state Rep. Steve McManus, R-Cordova, and national leaders like Brent Bozell, Jay Sekulow and Ron Paul have all begun to publicly question capital punishment.
National support for the death penalty is at an all-time low. Our neighbor to the east, North Carolina, supported repealing the death penalty by 68 percent in a recent poll.
Earlier this month, Reginald Griffin of Missouri became the 143rd person to be wrongfully convicted and released from death row since 1973. How many others were not so fortunate and were wrongly executed? We may never know, but if conservatives continue to fight for innocent life, then we shouldn’t support a program that is proven to be wrong time and time again when lives hang in the balance.