- I've come to strongly believe that our justice system is extremely flawed because it is run by humans, imperfect humans. Well meaning people can make mistakes; it is really not our place to judge another's acts and determine if they should live or die.
- IMHO, the justice AND penal systems need complete makeovers. Beginning with education and prevention of crime! Prevention of crime that isn't based on the threat of the death penalty. Obviously that's not working out so well!
- While, I've never been the victim of a horrible, violent crime and I can't begin to imagine what the victims feel like, I do not feel that by taking another life society, as a whole, has done a good thing.
- I've certainly said things like "They should do to him what he did to others." Specifically, the cases of Michael Vick (who I think got off easy, but that's another Can of Worms Post) and Scott Peterson, come to mind. But does putting Scott Peterson to death right the wrong he committed? Doesn't Lacy Peterson's family have to live every day with he did regardless of if he lives or dies. And won't the day he is put to death just create a new wound while ripping open another? And won't it just put all the attention back onto Scott Peterson?
- Doesn't the Death Penalty in some way 'glorify' the violent act. It puts and keeps attention on it. For example, the DC Snipers. Until I started to type this post, I had not thought much about them in recent years (though I am sure those affected directly think if them daily), but you better believe when the shooter is put to death, he (and his actions) will be all over the news yet again. And I'm sure there will be at least attempted copycatting somewhere.
- We, as Americans are supposed to be progressive, and forward thinking. We, as Americans are supposed to be a good example for the rest of the world. Yet, there are countries who will not release criminals to us because of our Death Penalty laws.
After dinner we headed to our hotel in Pittsburgh, listening to the end of Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals as we drove. Go Pens!
On Saturday, The Man and I lounged by the pool with some Sangria and then 2 friends, Corey and Gigi joined us for the ball game. The Pirates actually won-they are undefeated in games we've attended-and there was even a Grand Slam. The views of Pittsburgh are always great from the Ball Park.
On Friday and Saturday we remembered my friend, Wendy's son, R.J.. The loss of a 24-year old due to a tragic accident is just so hard to understand. The grief of a mother as she says good-bye is unimaginable. It is hard knowing that Wendy didn't get to see her son one last time; that she waits for the phone to ring and has to remind herself that her son won't call her again; that her heart is broken in ways most of us will never understand. R.J. is in a better place and Wendy will see him again. I know she believes and clings to this now.
To those of you who have prayed for and thought of Wendy, and the healing of Terry and Allison, I thank-you from the bottom of my heart. Some good news was shared on Wednesday that Terry and Allison, are both improving. Please continue praying for their healing and the peace of these families.
On Monday, I was introduced to N.'s baby girl. N. is a natural mommy and knowing all she had to go through, it gave me such joy to see her joy - and her baby girl is perfect. It was so great to see both my friend and her little one. Such tiny fingers and tiny toes; tiny arms and legs; and such a tiny little person. I look forward to knowing her as she grows up.