This Op-Ed, by yours truly, appears in today’s edition of Florida Today.
Frank: Time to put an end to death penalty
“To die, to sleep, perchance to dream. Aye, there’s the rub. For in that sleep of death what dreams may come…”
— Shakespeare: “Hamlet.”
What do we do when a little Chihuahua is old and suffering? We bring him to the vet and put him to sleep. We call it euthanasia, a humane act of compassion.
When a human being is convicted of murder, we bring him to the executioner to him put to sleep. We call that an act of justice.
What’s the difference? Same method, same result: relief to the afflicted.
Lester Bower Jr., 67, was put to death by authorities in Texas earlier this month. Was it an act of compassion or an act of justice? Bower was convicted of a 1983 quadruple murder, of which he forever claimed innocence. While questions remain about his guilt, we will assume Bower committed the dastardly crime. But, have we punished him, or…