Regina Spayd

Kansas City

To the editor:

A man, John Middleton, is scheduled to be executed on July 16 because of a terrible crime he committed in 1995. While I do not justify his actions, I do not believe that his actions require him to pay for them with his own life. Violence only begets more violence, and the death penalty is a deterrent for no person in the United States.

I do not know this man and could never understand a reason “good enough” to commit murder. However, I don't feel that his death will solve anything or extinguish the anguish his victims families feel. It will only cause more hurt and pain in world that is already filled with too much of both.

Please help in stopping the violence in our state by helping to stop the execution of this man, John Middleton.