Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Editorial Letters

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Editorial Letters

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Wrongful Executions on Death Row

The front-page article "Congress Sets Stage for Swift Executions," April 8, mentions a study by New York's Columbia University Law School, concluding that of the 600 lower-court capital cases reviewed by the Supreme Court under habeas petitions, 40 percent were faulty or contained evidence of innocence - in other words 240 cases. Only 54 individuals have been released from death row. In the article nothing is said about the remaining 186 cases. Are these people still on death row? At least 23 people are believed to have been wrongfully executed in the United States since the turn of this century. Twenty-three innocent people have been officially killed. When will America wake up to the Sixth Commandment? ("Thou Shalt Not Kill," Ex. 20:13).

Dick J. BlokkerPrinceton, N.J. United Nations contributions Regarding the item in the Etceteras column "Checks are beginning to trickle into the UN to help pay the more than $1 billion US debt," March 29: To whom should the checks be made out, and where should they be mailed? The UN is a necessary world body. There have been mistakes made, but much good is done in its name. I cannot judge, but it does need money, and is demeaned by the US holding back. Mary Lou MuhlhausenBethlehem, Pa. Editor's note: Contributions to the United Nations should be sent to The Treasurer/UN, Room S - 2770, United Nations, New York, NY, 10017. Checks should be made payable to the United Nations. Self-esteem vs. egotism The front-page article "Self-Esteem Education Earns Mixed Marks," April 4, brings up a good point about self-esteem education - people can confuse a good self-image with an overinflated self-image. I agree with Robert Reasoner, president of the International Council for Self-Esteem, that we need to distinguish between self-esteem and egotism. It is clear to most everyone that a shy person has low self-esteem. However, it may be harder to see that the playground bully or the criminal type suffers from the same debilitating fear as the shy one, namely that they may not be good enough. …

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