To the editor:

 As a former Missourian, now living four miles across the state line in Iowa, I am saddened to see the Missouri attorney general ask the Supreme Court to set the dates for the execution of 19 men.

To the editor:
 As a former Missourian, now living four miles across the state line in Iowa, I am saddened to see the Missouri attorney general ask the Supreme Court to set the dates for the execution of 19 men. You should follow the example of your neighbor to the north. Iowa did away with capital punishment as soon as Harold Hughes became governor in 1963.
This has freed us from the high cost of execution, and it has also freed us from the ethical qualms we suffer when we think of the moral problems associated with the decisions of our governments to kill people.
The worst moral offense is that some innocent people are put to death. We use the alternative of life without parole. Those who receive this sentence can only get out with a governor’s pardon, and it would take an extraordinary case for this to happen.