I have many thoughts regarding the death penalty, but the first one that I want to share with you is the following opinion that I clipped out the Christian Science Monitor many years ago. The paper is turning fragile, and I'm afraid that one of these days I'll lose it, and so I'm posting it here so that as long as I have a computer and the government hasn't shut down all the servers I'll be able to read it.


We oppose the use of the death penalty. It lacks any demonstrated deterrent value. It represents revenge that allows for no reversal if someone executed later is proved innocent. And it too readily discounts the possibility and value of individual regeneration. As long as it remains, however, defendants and their peers sitting in judgment of them must be guaranteed full access to sentencing options.


Christian Science Monitor (opinion page - unknown year)