Although I already contributed an opinion on the death penalty, I was disappointed enough by the Aug. 14 editorial, “Sheley sentencing: Words can’t describe it,” that I was moved to respond.
Armed with a thesaurus, the editorial team joined the rabble carrying torches and pitchforks, crying for blood.
Another death will not bring back the dead, nor will it satisfy the lust for vengeance, a vengeance which darkens the heart and which will kill again under the guise of justice.
“[Cheering] from the sidelines” by any in government should strike fear, not comfort, in the hearts and minds of the civilized and rational.
Schadenfreude is not justice. Schadenfreude is the satisfaction or pleasure felt at someone else’s misfortune or demise.
Note to Larry Lough, et al: Your paper quoted Illinois Assistant Attorney General Bill Elward in the Aug. 12 paper (page A8), “I don’t think there’s going to be any need for us to do anything [in Missouri] besides cheer from the sidelines.”
Your editorial suggested only the victims’ families were going to “cheer from the sidelines.” If only that were true.