In the debate about the repeal of the death penalty, I would like to refer to Richard Van Wickler’s testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee in March.

Van Wickler, who has been corrections superintendent of the Cheshire County Department of Corrections for 26 years, stated clearly that the death penalty is in no way a deterrent to the act of murder. He also pointed out that this is the only case in which we impose on a criminal the punishment of what that person did. We do not steal from someone convicted of stealing, or rape a convicted rapist. Why then kill a convicted murderer?

As the member of a church community which experienced first-hand the trauma of the murder of one of our young people, I know that having her murderer put to death would not in any way compensate for her loss. I encourage everyone to support an override of the governor’s veto.

KATE KERMAN

350 Troy Road

Marlborough