*This is a “Letter to the Editor” set to be published in dozens of Texas publications over the next few days.
Why do we keep on killing people who kill people to show that killing people is wrong? Logic like this is more twisted than a runaway tornado. I’m so tired of killing people. Thankfully, the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty’s “Texas Death Penalty Developments in 2015: The Year in Review” shows us that use of the death penalty is declining dramatically. Over and over, North Texans rejected the death penalty. God knows it’s time. Why don’t we just go ahead and be done with the whole thing? I thought Texans took pride in getting rid of failed government programs? This whole execution thing costs too much, kills people of color disproportionately, runs the risk of killing the innocent, is not applied throughout the state, is against our core religious and moral beliefs and is just flat out nasty. In 2016, let’s join together and fix our government. Let’s abolish the death penalty!
Rev. Dr. Jeff Hood
Board of Directors, Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty