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Letters Published: May 3, 2014

Death penalty should be abolished

Re: The question of the day. A recent study shows that as many as one in 25 death row prisoners are innocent. In light of that fact as well as the numerous recent cases where inmates on death row have been exonerated, the death penalty should be abolished.

State-sanctioned murder, especially of potentially innocent people, has no place in a modern society let alone one that claims to be a "Christian" one. Add to that argument the higher costs of prosecuting death penalty cases and all the subsequent appeals, etc., it is far more expensive.

Finally, it is essentially no deterrent. The arguments about whether an execution is "humane" or not are ridiculous. No state-sanctioned murder under any circumstances is humane and personally I do not want the blood of a potentially innocent person on my hands. For that matter, life imprisonment in the American prison system is almost inhumane in its own right. So, let our most heinous criminals spent the rest of their days in that system where they will be reminded minute by minute, hour by hour, day by day, month by month, year by year that they will never be free again. That should be punishment enough.

Robert Carrick, Colorado Springs

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Pain should have lasted longer

Regarding the execution of the person in Oklahoma: Considering the pain he caused his victims, his [pain] should have lasted longer.

Tom Sills, Colorado Springs

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No to capital punishment

The recent debacle in Oklahoma, in which an execution by injection failed, shows that capital punishment is unconstitutional under Amendment VIII, which prohibits "cruel and unusual punishments."

It's widely reported that capital punishment is handed out disproportionately to poor minority males. This is contradictory to Amendment XIV, which requires "equal protection ot the laws."

I seriously doubt that capital punishment is a deterrent to serious crime. While I don't profess to know how the criminal mind works, I seriously doubt that someone who is contemplating murdering says to himself, "Self, I'd best not kill this fellow, because if I'm caught, I'll die. I'd kill him if there weren't capital punishment." A murderer acts without thought of retribution.

Thou shall not kill. Two wrongs don't make a right. A society that practices capital punishment lowers itself to the level of the criminal.

David J. Baker, Colorado Springs

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Decision belongs with the states

When it comes to the federal government raising the minimum wage, citizens should ask themselves if the federal government has the constitutional authority to do so. I've read the Constitution and I say no. An internal state matter such as setting or not setting a minimum wage is a power reserved to the states or the people under the 10th Amendment. I would like to see the states and local jurisdictions stand up to the federal government and tell the feds to stop meddling in purely local matters.

The minimum wage debate in the U.S. Congress is only one example.

Paul Hatfield, Castle Rock

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A very dark and terrible business

Imagine waking up day after day to cruel conditions and forced to participate in sex with strangers or perform labor tasks with no payment and harsh treatment. This nightmare is a reality for many men, women, and children around the world. This nightmare is part of the very popular business of human trafficking. This nightmare is not appearing enough in our media and news coverage although it should be.

This business is prevalent all across the world, varying from continent to continent and country to country. There are 27 million people that are slaves around the world which is more than any other time in history. When thinking about this topic, it might be hard to imagine human trafficking as such a huge problem, but it is.

Human trafficking is a very dark and terrible business that requires a bigger spotlight and a bigger fight. Why aren't we addressing this as much as we address what Miley Cyrus puts her mouth on each week? Women are being sold to be slaves of sex, men being worked until their hands bleed with little to no reward, and children doing both. There needs to be more publicity of this sick business. We need to fight this.

"How can I help fight such a huge problem like human trafficking as just an average American?"

By supporting organizations such as the "End It Movement" and spreading awareness and influencing others we can help fight human trafficking. We can force the governments to combat human trade and sweatshops with more force, shut down major prostitution and sex slave businesses, anything that will help start reducing the numbers. We the people have the power to demand same sex marriage but not to fight the twisted world of human trafficking? Don't use your "realistic" views as an excuse for laziness. Together we can fight this terrible problem and fight the silence that has been surrounding it.

Zach Wesolowski, Boulder

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