Tag: death penalty

End of life discussions are hard enough

I posted this several years ago. I think that it is worth posting again.(Besides, I don’t know what to make of Rick Santorum.) When Sarah Palin wrote, “the America that I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama’s ‘death penalty’ so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective of judgment of their ‘level of productivity in society,’ whether they are worthy of healthcare. Such a system is downright evil,” I got physically nauseated. The only reason that former Governor Palin said this was

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Let’s look at the death penalty again

I have been bothered by the death of Troy Davis. What the hell? There was an opportunity for those who love life… I keep thinking about this case. Why did this guy “have to” die? Where was the governor of Georgia? Could Mr. Davis been pardoned? Where was the president? No one could have saved this man? From NYT Editorial: As the unconscionable execution of Troy Davis in Georgia last week underscores, the court has failed because it is impossible to succeed at this task. The death penalty is grotesque and immoral and should be repealed. The court’s 1976 framework for

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It Is Time to Rethink Capital Punishment (Update)

Currently it’s 10 PM on Wednesday, September 21, 2011. Troy Davis was scheduled to be executed a little over three hours ago. His execution has been delayed by the United States Supreme Court. The question that looms is whom the state should execute. When do you institute the death penalty? Right now, the Troy Davis case hangs over this country. No matter what you think of this case, there are a few undeniable facts. First, nine eyewitnesses initially testified that Troy Davis shot and killed off-duty police officer Mark MacPhail in 1989. Since then, seven of the nine eyewitnesses have recanted

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Errington C. Thompson, MD

Dr. Thompson is a surgeon, scholar, full-time sports fan and part-time political activist. He is active in a number of community projects and initiatives. Through medicine, he strives to improve the physical health of all he treats.


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