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The daily STEW

The daily STEW (Star-Telegram Editorial Writers): A shortage of drugs used for executions has led lawmakers in some states to reconsider other options, such as firing squads, gas chambers and electrocution. Are these methods humane, or should executions be put off until suitable lethal drugs can be found?

I have come to believe that the death penalty should be outlawed both for moral and financial reasons. The costs multiply exponentially when an inmate is sentenced to death vs. life in prison. Katie Martinez

Why do we as humans think we have the authority to execute anyone? If we kill someone for killing, how does that make it better? Jeb Patterson

Dead is dead. I have no problem how they get them that way if they are to be executed. Bryan McLarty

They forfeited their right to a humane method of execution when they chose the course of action that led them to death row. Shaneand Kristy Remo

Before everyone starts to volunteer for firing squad duty, be aware that since 1976 over 138 death row inmates have had their convictions overturned and 5 have had posthumous exonerations. Humans make mistakes. Michael Hathoot

Can’t do the time don’t do the crime! I believe in an eye for an eye execution system — you stab somebody 40 times, you receive the same, etc. Mike Welch

I’ve been wondering for a long time why a shortage of a particular drug is such a big deal. Wouldn’t a really large dose of morphine do the job quickly and painlessly?

Robert Warden

End the death penalty. Not because of what it does to criminals, but what it does to us. Life with no parole is a punishment I can stand behind. Carol Hammock