Letters to the Editor

What about victims?

"Cruel and unusual": That's what two men on a Kentucky death row are saying. They are probably motivated by a very human fear. They don't want want to die. Having myself been in a few situations when I thought I wouldn't see the sun go down, I understand the feeling.

What about the rest of the story -- their victims? Did they want to die that day? I suspect not. Were they afraid? Was it painful? If they had time, probably, almost certainly, for the first; hopefully, little for the second.

What about those left behind? The spouse without a mate? The parents without a child?

Society cannot bring back the victims by executing those two. But maybe, just maybe, those left behind will derive some solace from the fact that they will never, ever be able to do to someone else what was done to their loved ones.

Donald L. Campbell