I would like to respond to Edward Gould’s letter, “The Problem with Botched Executions Is They’re Not Done Often Enough” (July 30). Mr. Gould glibly pronounced that the problem would not exist if we would simply carry out more of them.
As a society, we should not allow the depravity of an extremely small percentage of our population to provoke us into committing similar barbarous acts.
The actions of government should be a model for decency and mercy, even if the individuals involved are not terribly deserving of it. Only in this way can it inspire people to respect its laws.
If it were Mr. Gould’s father, brother or son on death row, I doubt that he would think of capital punishment in such a way.