The execution of Troy Davis in Georgia last week is a morality play, an act that cannot be undone.
The death penalty is simply morally wrong; it is practised by no civilized society.
Last week, too, a convicted child murderer and serial killer learned that he will die of cancer. He has been in prison for all of that time since his conviction and showed no apparent remorse.
We did not reduce ourselves to the moral state of Clifford Olson by taking his life, by executing him, or by showing no remorse and by trying to justify the death penalty. Instead, we mourn the loss and unthinkable pain felt by the families of his victims.
We are Troy Davis; we are Mark McPhail; we are not Clifford Olson.
Brian D. Marlatt, White Rock