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May 15, 2014

VALLEY: Cruelty, in the eyes of the beholder?

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Let's not forget the Surgeon General's warning about cigarettes killing people. Can't scientists concentrate a lethal dose of those toxins? What's wrong with using heroin? I'm not all that familiar with the stuff, but if junkies are willing to die for the high, it can't be that “cruel.”

And, not to sound insensitive, but should we listen to the relatives who sit and watch a family member's execution unless we also hear from the victim's family — as was the case earlier this year in Ohio, where a son and daughter were distraught over watching their father put to death?

The grown children in the Ohio case described the scene as the most “awful moments” in their lives. I don't know what they were expecting, but did they realize they were not strapped in for a fun ride at Six Flags Amusement Park? They were watching their father being executed. He was executed for being found guilty of raping and killing a pregnant 22 year-old girl.

And I'd think that, before they point their fingers and sue the state (which was their intention), they may want to look at who's really to blame for putting them in the situation they're in.

The state's intention was to not make their father suffer. Conversely, their father's action was far from unintentional. It was deliberate.

Now, tell me again, which one was “cruel”?

That's the way it looks from the Valley.

Contact Tom Valley at tvalley@rochester.rr.com.

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