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It is said that "the road to hell is paved with good intentions." So it is with Connie Schultz' March 22 column "I Want Him Dead, But ...," in which she struggles to believe that it is good and right to forgive convicted killer T.J. Lane. Lane's courtroom conduct when he was sentenced mocked his victims and their families, yet Ms. Schultz believes we must forgive. Why?

Twelve-step programs teach that a person following the steps must seek to change their destructive behaviors before seeking to make amends for such behavior. Religious traditions emphasize atonement for sinful behavior and a sincere desire to repent for such behavior. Indeed, Lane is in a penitentiary -- a place that was originally designed for a criminal to do penance for his/her criminal acts.

Ms. Schultz initially loathed and was repulsed by Lane's behavior. Being seized with a desire to seem "holier than thou" is misguided.

LEE D. MOSES
Squirrel Hill


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