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PostCapital Punishment (Ronald Hilton) (John Eipper, USA, 01/01/06 9:22 am)
In "The governor strikes back" (San Francisco Chronicle, 12/29/05) Debra Saunders applauds Governor Schwarzenegger for having beaten his native Graz to the punch by requesting that his name be removed from the city stadium and by returning the ring of honor the city bestowed on him in 1999. The governor thus avoided the humiliation the city planned to inflict on him, all because he failed to commute the death sentence on four-time murderer Stanley Tookie Williams. Protesters in this country, applauded not only in Graz but in Europe generally, treated him as a martyr, the heroic victim of American "justice". There are arguments for and against the death penalty, but the yelling mob of protesters outside San Quentin prison inspired in me nothing but disgust. I do not know how many women became widows and children fatherless as a result of these murders, since they were not mentioned. The protesters avoided this issue, and if a collection had been taken for thebereaved, they would have shown little or no interest. They were essentially using this opportunity to protest against authority. Any decent person would have had as a primary concern the welfare of those who suffered so grievously as a result of these murders.
2006, Ronald Hilton