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Retired prison chaplain: ‘I challenge Conway and the governor that no executions take place until after the November election’

From today’s Lexington Herald-Leader‘s letters to the editor:

As a retired prison chaplain, I find it interesting that Attorney General Jack Conway sent a death warrant for Gregory Wilson, along with two other pending death warrants, along to the governor while his ringing “fight crime” endorsement by the Fraternal Order of Police for a U.S. Senate seat is playing on the airwaves.

If resorting to taking someone’s life — even that of a condemned criminal — is necessary to win a political race, surely politics has reached an all-time low.

I challenge Conway and the governor that no executions take place until after the November election.

I suggest Gov. Steve Beshear meet Wilson. There is a major difference in seeing a name on a piece of paper and looking into the face of one whose life he is about to take.

God’s forgiveness for our sins is contingent upon our willingness to forgive those who have wronged us. Forgiveness is not easily attainable but, if Christ is really directing our lives, it is possible and imperative.

That Wilson was found guilty of a heinous crime is undeniable, and my sympathy goes to the family of the victim; but his execution will change nothing.

Further, he has been locked up in an iron cage for 23 years and likely will be for the remainder of his life. Surely that is enough punishment.

Finally, I leave with the question I posed to the governor, “If your child or grandchild was sitting on Death Row, what would you want a governor to do?”

Joe F. O’Cull

Murray

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