We have tried violence to solve many problems, and it never works. As people of faith, we have a commandment telling us not to kill. Yet we allow the state and the country to kill in our name for the sake of "justice" time after time. Unfortunately for too many of us, the faith we proclaim on Saturday or Sunday seems to fall by the wayside during the remainder of our weekly living. There are victim-offender programs which exist for the express purpose of trying to restore relationships rather than destroying them. I hope and pray that we will choose life and mercy, even for the most heinous of offenses.