I find it amazing that Del. Pat McDonough feels that reinstating the death penalty demands his time and resources as a priority in our state despite the numerous more pressing issues ("Del. McDonough seeks to restore death penalty in some cases," Jan. 26). He references two recent police killings in New York City as a reason to reinstate the death penalty for cop killers. He doesn't mention that the shooter quickly shot and killed himself after shooting the police officers. I expect that most people crazy enough to kill a uniformed police officer would lack the will to live, and stiffer penalties are not going to deter such a person from committing such a crime.
We need to keep the death penalty abolished in Maryland and not offer the luxury of death as opposed to life in prison to those who commit the most heinous crimes. And Delegate McDonough needs to refocus his attention on issues that improve our state instead of trying to retract the progress we've made in the past years.