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It was Moses the Liberator who wrote in his book, Deuteronomy: "To me [Jehova] belongeth vengeance, and recompence, their foot shall slide in due time: for the day of their calamity is at hand, and the things that shall come upon them make haste."

This is one source for the old saying "Vengeance is mine, sayeth the Lord." The Apostle Paul advised the Romans: "Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, sayeth the Lord." Of course, the final authority, Jesus of Nazareth, advises: "But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins." This is advice Governor Hutchinson should follow, because by killing inmates of our state's prisons, Hutchinson has wrested vengeance from the hands of God for distribution among the families of murder victims. According to God, Hutchinson does not have this authority. Unfortunately, according to primitive laws of man, Hutchinson has authority to avenge, while most of us do not. Certainly, Arkansas should not be in the killing business.

English philosopher Francis Bacon once wrote, "Revenge is a wild justice, which the more man's nature runs to, the more ought law to weed it out." Hutchinson's justice is wild, reckless and hasty, and there is no healing involved. Healing involves mercy, not blood lust.

Gene Mason

Jacksonville

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On an Arkansas Blog post about protests, by retired Judge Marion Humphrey and others, of the proposed extension of 12.4 mills in the Little Rock School District:

We've got some bond daddies who need new yachts. This is all about greasing the coffers at the Chamber of Commerce.  And keeping the black folk down. Let us not forget this is a bunch of old white guys who have never worked in education forcibly taking over a majority black school board for not getting with the privatization program.

Paying Top Dollar for Legislators

On the April 20 cover story, "The Little Rock Millage Question":

Great article. Fair and intelligent opinions. Everyone sounds "right." Everyone agrees that repairs to the school buildings are long overdue. I keep hearing that a lot of people do not trust the governor's choice for commissioner, Johnny Key, who seems to be hiding his future plans for the LRSD. I trust Sen. Joyce Elliott 100 percent. I am not qualified to know all the political games that are being played behind closed doors. I know she is passionate about all children getting a good education and I agree that taxation without representation is wrong. I have rarely seen Arkansas government show a real interest in education, like it is not a priority. I will vote no May 9.

ShineonLibby

On an Arkansas Blog post about the state Legislature reconvening to consider changes to the state's Arkansas Works program that would remove 60,000 people from the Medicaid rolls and require that people have jobs to get benefits:

Oh what a wonderful thing, that our legislators will show how compassionate they are by tossing 20 bucks in a hat while the reason they're getting back together is to throw 60,000 poor Arkansans off the expanded Medicaid rolls. Meaning they, and possibly I, will have to go back to using animal drugs purchased at the local Farmers Co-op, or just live in misery or maybe die at home, without the ability to afford medical care and the medicine needed. Damn near as much fun as executing inmates! Why, it's the home version of slow execution! Of course, in a crisis, most of these abandoned Arkansans will head for the emergency room to rack up bills they'll never pay ... but hey, let's talk about that big tax cut the richest among us will get if Gov. Asa gets his way!  Muffin, how'd you like to spend a month in Spain? Time to trade in the Jag for another new Jag! Maybe it's time to hire a full-time guard to stand out by the gates? Maybe some new boobs, Muff? Wanna own a human, honey?

DeathbyInches

On an Arkansas Blog post about state Sen. Trent Garner's statement, written on Senate stationery, that the House should impeach Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen for joining an anti-death penalty demonstration outside the governor's mansion:

Garner is just another asshat who wouldn't have said a damn thing if Judge Griffen had gone down to protest the protestors at the Governor's Mansion. Even the state Supreme Court, not known for making correct legal decisions based on the U.S. Constitution, has agreed in the past that a judge has the same right to free speech as an idiot like Garner. It is just that Griffen is so much more intelligent than Garner. Of course, the state House is full of bigoted "Garners." And never underestimate how bigoted the Republicans in this state are toward ANY minority.

couldn't be better

I find Sen. Garner's pushing a blatantly unconstitutional (First Amendment) and vague (due process) law through the legislature to be gross misconduct. At least the governor was wise enough to veto to end the folly of their ways.

TuckerMax

Don't you love it when a freshmen legislator decides he knows everything?

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