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Protesters at the Supreme Court.
Catholic News Service photo
Protesters at the Supreme Court.
To the Catholic Sentinel:

While I offer my sympathy to the families and friends of those killed by the Turnidges I am tremendously saddened and shocked by the decision by 12 of our fellow Oregonians and various public officials to take more human lives.

The death penalty has been invoked in our name and we all bear some of the guilt for participating in this perpetuation of violence and killing. At Christmas I was listening to older and younger grandsons tussling. The younger said, “When I get big I’m going to whip you!”

By killing killers we outsmart ourselves because we are saying that killing and violence is OK, and we spend tremendous amounts on the killers’ behalf, much more than we would have to spend on life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Mary Ryan-Hotchkiss
Portland