Cumberland Times-News

Opinion

February 3, 2013

There are good reasons not to abolish death penalty in Md.

As the General assembly is meeting in Annapolis one important and critical issue looms over the session there.

Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) feels confident that the death penalty will be repealed.

There has not been an execution in Maryland since 2007 or since O’Malley’s tenure.

O’Malley pushed for a repeal of the death penalty in 2009 and the full repeal action stalled in the Maryland Senate.

The current continued initiative by the General Assembly and O’Malley to abolish the death Penalty in Maryland is one of the worst decisions that occurred in this state in decades.

With the violent crime rate on the rise such flawed legislation and laws would only encourage criminals of violent capital crime offenses to continue committing violent crimes that under normal circumstances warrant and deserve the death penalty.

As a taxpayer in the state of Maryland I resent paying taxes to support in a Maryland state penitentiary the life of a criminal who deserved the death penalty.

I would urge the General Assembly in Annapolis not ever to pass such bad and flawed legislation and to keep the death penalty on the books to discourage violent crimes here. I say keep the death penalty as it is a deterrent to violent crime and violent criminals.

Lets’ not let the liberals in Annapolis take us 10 steps back again and we should be glad the current bills in Annapolis to repeal the death penalty failed.

To repeal the death penalty in Maryland is the wrong way to go.

If anything is going to be done here it should be left up to the voters of the state of Maryland.

Al Eisner

Silver Spring

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