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Death Penalty Controversy--Cruel Punishment or Justice?

April 01, 1990

On March 26, Mother Teresa's pleas for the life of convicted murderer Harris were rejected by Gov. George Deukmejian. I don't see why Mother Teresa even attempted to persuade the governor from killing Harris. After all, what do you expect from a governor who consistently vetoes any legislation having to do with prenatal and health care for babies in this state; especially low-income babies born in black and Latino families. Hundreds and thousands of unhealthy babies die every year due to lack of educational, health and nutrition programs for these at-risk infants because to the governor's unconcern for poor babies.

I am not against the death penalty, but I believe Mother Teresa was trying to tell us something; something that we should listen to very carefully.

RICHARD NIETO

Alhambra

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