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Death penalty deserved

I found commentary writer James Alan Fox's views on the death penalty somewhat conflicted in the piece "Death penalty becomes cruel and usual: Column."

He wants executions, if they happen at all, to "be excruciating for everyone involved." Everyone except, it seems, the criminal, without whose actions there wouldn't be an execution. Executions have lost some of their deterrent effect, but I believe that is because of the insane time delay between the crime and the punishment. Appeals should be fast-tracked and decided in weeks, not decades. Executing innocent people is a horrid and regrettable part of our justice system. But executions are not a matter of a need to feel "that good wins over evil." They are to make criminals think twice before taking a life.

Michael A. Caudell; Gainesville, Ga.

Stop picking on CEOs

Chief executive officers seem to top the list of people to vilify for exorbitant pay packages ("Are the wealthy too rich? Column").

Yet, each usually has many employees and manages technologies that benefit all of us. What about comparing CEO pay packages to the salaries for sports and entertainment stars who can be individually skilled, but produce little but a pleasant way to pass some spare time? We seem to support their pay packages. What does that say about us?

Judy Phillips; Georgetown, Texas

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