Punishment should fit the crime
It tugged at my heartstrings when I read that the execution of Oklahoma inmate Clayton D. Lockett went awry (April 30 Eagle). It infuriates me that so much attention is given to the perpetrator of such heinous crimes.
It was sad that he was gasping and having a hard time meeting his maker. I wonder about the girl he shot and buried alive in 1999. I wonder if she did any gasping underneath all that dirt.
But, hey, we have these lawyers who are quick to come to his defense. It makes me proud to be an American, in a country where the victim is the one who has no rights.
Then we have Charles F. Warner, convicted in 1997 of raping and killing an 11-month-old baby. It won’t surprise me if his death-penalty conviction is set aside just because our form of execution is so “cruel and inhumane.” Give me a break.
Instead of using lethal injection, put criminals through the pain and torment of what they did to their victims. That would be very fitting, and probably more of a deterrent than the present form of execution. But, oh, no, that would be too “cruel and inhumane.”
Oklahoma’s botched attempt at capital punishment Tuesday night was barbaric (April 30 Eagle). The death penalty is unworthy of a democratic nation. It accomplishes absolutely nothing.
MARY McDONOUGH HARREN
A net positive
The Climate and Energy Project and the Kansas Legislature should be commended for preserving Kansas’ commitment to developing renewable energy. In Oklahoma, Senate Bill 1456 imposed a fee for private investments in solar energy. Proponents claimed it was unfair to other customers and would increase rates, but research shows that solar installations provide a net benefit for other customers.
A study by Crossborder Energy in 2014 found: “The cost which utilities avoid when they accept net energy metering (NEM) power exported to their grid shows that NEM does not produce a cost to nonparticipating ratepayers; instead it creates a small net benefit on average across the residential markets.” In California, NEM “delivers more than $92 million in annual benefits to non-solar customers.”
The Vermont Public Service Department was charged by the state’s legislature with determining whether NEM is subsidized by other retail customers and whether it benefits or costs the distribution and transmission system. The report found that even considering subsidies, solar net metering was a net positive for the state.
Apparently, utility customers who install solar panels or windmills are helping keep electric rates low for other customers. They should not be discouraged.
Tell state lawmakers to allow hearings for Senate Bill 326 and House Bill 2251. These bills address the scope of practice and prescribing authority of advance practice registered nurses (APRNs).
The Institute of Medicine recommended in 2010 that APRNs practice to the full extent of their education. That was supported by a 2012 report by the National Governors Association; Gov. Sam Brownback was a committee member.
The bills aim to remove the “collaborative agreement” with physicians. Many states are removing this collaborative physician agreement, as it causes an unnecessary barrier to practice. With the increasing number of insured Kansans, let’s not allow Kansas to be the last state to remove the barrier preventing access to options and alternatives to traditional medical model care.
As a current APRN student, I find it extremely difficult to identify and work alongside APRN-driven practices. Most APRNs are required to have a collaborative physician. The bill does not change our practice or extend it beyond our education. Let’s remove the “collaborative agreement.”
I agreed completely with “Medicare takeover leaves me trembling” (April 30 Letters to the Editor). I had at one time considered relocating to Texas to save on income tax. But now Texas has joined the health care compact to control Medicare, and my property tax would increase 30 percent if I moved there. My other alternative would be to move back to Pennsylvania, which does not belong to the compact and where there is no state income tax on seniors’ Social Security, retirement pension or annuities.
I was saddened by “Gay, Christian author seeks a dialogue” (April 22 Eagle), both because of Matthew Vines’ position and because The Eagle provided so much space to the article.
I understand when a person has succumbed to sin, for I had been lost in sin. I just never tried to make people believe it was right.
The Bible plainly warns men “who suppress the truth in unrighteousness” (Romans 1:18), and I believe Vines’ position is exactly that. Acting against God is one thing, but preaching a false gospel that leads others away from God is another very terrible matter. The Eagle treads dangerous ground as being responsible for those who are led astray.
The Bible calls us to repentance and not to live in sin. There is a reason why sin should not be promoted. The love of God is revealed to those who want the righteousness of God.
JAMES W. KILPATRICK Jr.