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Death penalty offers mercy

This is why I believe in the death penalty ("Lori, O'Malley, others ask death penalty's end," Feb. 15).

As a combat infantryman in World War II, my function was to kill people of whom I had no knowledge. If I was extraordinarily good at this, my actions would be celebrated, and I would be recognized.

I'll make an assumption as to the kind of life that many of these people awaiting execution had. They came from a dysfunctional family, very poor, drugs, not much education, etc. We all know the story.

I was very lucky having loving parents and an economically good life. I, too, might have been a candidate for execution had I not been so blessed. When such a person dies, does God punish him in death? I think not. Finally, this person will have the kind of afterlife in heaven that most of us will have.

Being incarcerated for years and subject to the "life" one experiences there is truly a description of hell.

For the Germans whom I killed, should I be punished in afterlife by being sent to hell?

Charles G. Pefinis

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