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The need to be right can be inhuman
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Re: Putting a Low Price on Life, by Carl Hiaasen (View Related)
Editor:

I just wanted to take this opportunity to state my opinion regarding your most recent article. I have read other articles in reference to this unfortunate situation. This man, like many others, have been accused and sentenced for crimes that they didn’t commit. Not always, however, many times with the knowledge of the sentenced individuals’ innocence. Forgetting the years of their lives they lost as being free citizens, forgetting the money spent to prove their innocence, forgetting the anguish caused their loved ones. What is being done that keeps this from happening again and again? What kind of consequences do these individuals have assessed against them for intentionally keeping someone behind bars when everything has indicated their innocence? Do they ever have to stand accountable? Should they go free, unpunished? Where is the right of justice?

The bottom line is, as I see it, little value is placed on a human life. Like the Terri Schiavo case, it wasn’t about her mother, father or siblings; it really wasn’t about her husband or Terri’s wishes. It was about someone wanting to be right. What is right when a human life is involved? Is it continuing to keep someone behind bars when it’s known they are innocent? Or is it to sentence a human life to die by starvation and dehydration just to prove that someone has the power to do so. Does that make it right? If so, may God forgive us our lack of humanity.

LoyAnn Stottler
Redington Beach
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