End executions

Posted Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013  comments  Print Reprints
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Bob Ray Sanders’ Aug. 4 column, “Another war on drugs needed to stop executions,” will finally bear fruit because of his unyielding crusade to abolish the death penalty. Sanders has written countless times lobbying for legislative action to end executions.

With the shortage of “killer drugs” on the horizon, Texas can be a pioneer of sorts. The state should end the death penalty and save taxpayers’ money since it costs more to house and execute (when factoring in the appeal process, attorney fees and other expenditures) than to commute inmates’ sentences to life without parole.

Now is an opportunity for Texas to end executions and relegate the gurney to the Texas prison museum.

— Fred Ream, Fort Worth

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