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Column on death row inmates’ rights a joke: Letter to the Editor

Posted 2/21/18

I’m writing in regards to the Jan. 31 column “Pa. death row like torture for its inmates” by Witold Walczak, legal director of the ACLU of Pennsylvania.

What a joke.

Let me …

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Column on death row inmates’ rights a joke: Letter to the Editor

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I’m writing in regards to the Jan. 31 column “Pa. death row like torture for its inmates” by Witold Walczak, legal director of the ACLU of Pennsylvania.

What a joke.

Let me start with “boo hoo” to the inmates. You want me to feel sorry for you? Me, one of the many who is supporting you in prison? Me, paying for your three meals a day and a roof over your head? Give me a break.

You created your dilemma. Now suck it up and live with it. You get to live in a small room, breathe air, eat food and walk around while your victim gets a box that they are never getting out of. You have a roof over your head. They have dirt.

I support you and I think I should decide what you get in prison, not some civil rights protester. You at least have a life, you poor babies, while your victim has death. I don’t see them getting out of their “cell” and enjoying some freedom.

You want wide open spaces, freedom to roam. We complain about our prisons being overcrowded. I have the perfect solution. How about we put you on a plane, send you to a country that we have soldiers in who are fighting a war, drop you off with a gun and let you go at it. You like killing people? Well, here’s your chance. If you live, you live. If you die, you die — no great loss. But just imagine that you do live. You have your freedom and a wide open space to enjoy in the luxury of a foreign country. We could bring some of our soldiers home so you could fight.

I just love the comment, “The long-term isolation and its extreme physical, emotional and psychological consequences are an unnecessary, cruel and inhumane punishment.”

Really? I don’t even know how to really respond to that. They obviously have some type of mental health issues or they would not have killed someone to begin with. Why is it all about the criminal and not about the person they have done wrong? The criminal has more rights than the victim. This is one screwed-up world we live in.

So forgive me for not having empathy for people on death row, but it seems to me that our priorities are in the wrong places. The fact alone that inmates have filed a lawsuit is ridiculous. You should have lost all your rights the second you took someone else’s life. Do something decent in your life for once and drop your lawsuit as once again we the people will be paying for it.

All the activists who want to fight for something: Why don’t you use energy to a good cause like:

1) Fighting for our veterans.

2) Our elderly need more care and help with cost of life.

3) The homeless on the streets need a roof over their heads and food.

4) Our children. Why do they go without a roof over their heads or food on their table? They did not ask for a cruel life of injustice. Keep our money here and take care of them.

We should do for the above before we do for an inmate. The money is not well spent as we are paying for something that is totally insane.

One last thought: I think when I hit about 70 I’ll take me a stroll to the police station, smoke a joint, have some crack on me, smack the cop and go to jail. What more could I ask for in my old age? Three hots and a cot and no bills to pay for the rest of my life. Sounds good to me.

Helen Gutshall

Middletown