Must be a better way

to execute people

The state of Arizona ranks at the top of Third World countries when it comes to the barbaric, inhumane execution of its citizens. That the death penalty is imposed at all sets us apart from most civilized nations (even Serbia and Rwanda have abolished it.)

We live in a society that routinely and humanely euthanizes pets in minutes, yet the ham-handed executioners of Joseph Wood could not figure out how to get him to die in nearly two hours.

Clearly, swifter execution methods are available to corrections officials. Arizona law offers lethal gas to those sentenced before Nov. 15, 1992. Other states authorize electrocution, hanging and/or firing squad. If the Legislature determines that as a state we should continue to behave like, say, North Korea, it should act to avoid a repeat of the atrocity it has sanctioned. There must be a better way to kill people.

Dwight Whitley

Attorney, Tucson

I don’t want blood

on my hands

Not in my name is this done. I hereby recuse myself, and announce that my hands do not want any more blood on them. The killing of Joseph Wood Jr. was carried out in such an inept and inhumane way, yet what is ever “humane” about killing?

I mock those who think justice is served, when “we the people” descend to the morass of revenge killing.

There are avenues aplenty within which justice may be served in cases such as these. We need not resort to that which brought such as Joseph Wood before us. Surely, we can rise above. No, do not do this in my name.

Adele Schoterman

RN, retired, Tucson

Why no article

on killer’s victims?

It was upsetting to me that the Star had a front page article on the recent execution and no article on the victims, Debbie Dietz and Eugene Dietz.

So much could be said about them. How wonderfully friendly and big-hearted Debbie was. Or what a devoted father and husband Mr. Dietz was. A lot could be said on how the murders affected the remaining family members, their longtime Tucson business. This crime greatly affected our community. Shame on you.

Jan Daniel

Home nurse, Tucson

Would Jesus turn away

women, kids at border?

Re: the July 22 letter “It’s Christian to reject child migrants.”

My jaw dropped upon reading Wanita Christensen’s views. I even consulted my colleagues who represent a wide range of opinions on our current immigration/refugee crisis. We all agreed. For a self-proclaimed “devout Christian,” Ms. Christensen can sure write a racist letter.

What would Jesus do? Would He really stand at the border turning away women and children? While this tends to be an inconvenient question for “religious” conservatives, it has an easy answer for “devout Christians.”

Dana Whitson

Registered nurse, Oro Valley

Sign petition, impeach

5 high court justices

Next February, Eloy residents will deliver a petition to the U.S. House of Representatives, the Senate, and President Obama, signed by 155 people so far.

The petition was created on MoveOn’s petition site and calls for the impeachment of Chief Justice Roberts and Justices Scalia, Alito, Kennedy and Thomas for various violations of their oaths of office and of the Constitution, i.e., the decisions on McCutcheon, Citizens United, “Money Equals Free Speech,” and Hobby Lobby.

They have proven time and again that they are not interested in honoring the letter and the spirit of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, or in the will of We the People, but in lining their pockets with the money freely given to them by corporations such as Monsanto, Bain and others.

MoveOn’s online organizing platform was created to allow progressive individuals and organizations to run their own online campaigns.

Cynthia Finnegan

Author, Eloy

Primary PTSD-study

actors had agendas

Re: the July 23 article “PTSD marijuana study to move from UA.”

There was a conference in 2010 in Denver named “Mile High Marijuana Summit.” If you Google that name, you’ll find video clips by many of the actors in the PTSD study fiasco. Participants include Steve Fox, director of “Marijuana Policy Project,” which coordinates policy changes in dozens of states; Dr. Suzanne Sisley, an advocate for medical marijuana in Arizona; and Rick Roblin, the MAPS conference organizer. Sisley had earlier submitted a study on “The Use of Medical Cannabis to Treat PTSD” in Colorado, which seemed to be advocacy not science.

The point is that the UA wanted an unbiased scientific study whereas the primary actors appeared to be advocates with an agenda.

Steve Coston

Engineer, Tucson