October 12: Should the death penalty be restored?

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Time that punishment fitted the crime

From: Mrs BJ Cussons, Curly Hill, Ilkley.

AS the daily news gets more and more upsetting, the time has surely come when the penalties for crime must reflect the crime committed.

As a society, we pay huge amounts of money to give ‘justice’ to the criminal which is cruel to the victims and robs the taxpayer.

For many offences the criminal should receive corporal punishment, the severity according to age and number of cases of crimes committed. So if he/she repeats criminal behaviour all but very hard cases will learn the lesson. This could be a positive help to a perpetrator in changing their lifestyleand make ‘sink’ housing estates relieved of gang activity.

I know there are some good schemes being set up to try and reform people but quick action could well encourage more to stop ruining their lives and those of law-abiding members of society.

The law must be changed to re-introduce capital punishment for anyone who murders an innocent party. Yes, mistakes may have been made in the past, but that is unlikely today with all the sources of information we have at our disposal.

In particular, murder against police must attract capital punishment. We can no longer ignore the dangers from criminals.

What influence do we exert?

From: Richard Godley, Meadowfields, Whitby.

SO Lord Mandelson says (The Yorkshire Post, October 7) that the anti-Europeans want to leave the EU but still enjoy all the benefits, and that leaving would make us more isolated and less influential.

I would like to know if anyone can explain in terms we can all understand, what ‘influence’ we have over the EU, and also what benefits we get from giving them £55m per day net ‘contribution’. Money which could bail out SSI Ltd, the NHS, give our doctors and nurses decent wages etc. etc. The list goes on...

David Cameron is going to have a hard job to convince the electorate that any tinkering he does with our existing ‘terms of membership’ will address those real problems in our country.

It’s time that May delivered

From: Dave Croucher, Pinfold Gardens, Doncaster.

I LISTENED with interest to Theresa May’s speech at the Conservative Party conference (The Yorkshire Post, October 7). The points made would be a very welcome improvement to our leaking borders situation and will be applauded by the vast majority of people in the UK, but we have heard much of this before without any improvements.

So, Mrs May, you have proved you can “talk the talk”, now the whole nation is watching closely to see if you can “walk the walk”. If the Home Secretary doesn’t deliver, she will be remembered as just another lying politician.

Hard to believe in warming

From: Mr Ruthven Urquhart, High Hunsley, Cottingham.

YOUR excellent Horace & Doris cartoon on the subject of global warming (The Yorkshire Post, October 5) prompted me to put pen to paper again.

I spent five years of my early life (eight to 13 years) in a Scarborough boarding school and have therefore endured that number of winters at this lovely East Coast town, weathering some appalling conditions.

I imagine the plan was intended to toughen us up a bit, but the daily 7am routine included having to immerse ourselves in a cold bath which had been run the previous evening. The fact that the resulting thin layer of ice was naturally broken by the first pupil to jump in would suggest that the expression “breaking the ice” is an utterly accurate and pertinent description, relating to this inhumane practice.

I thus impart my belief that this memorable, yet foul, experience together with the wretchedly cold East winds (and distressingly regular sea-frets) make it difficult to fully comprehend the modern notion that global warming is becoming more evident and affecting even those who choose to inhabit places near to the East Coast of Britain.

Authoritarian decision making

From: Mr M Green, Baghill Green, Tingley, Wakefield.

IN your report about the farewell flights of the Vulcan Bomber (The Yorkshire Post, October 6), you quote Superintendent Caroline Rollitt of South Yorkshire Police as having warned the aircraft’s owners that the flights may not be able to go ahead if a lot of people turn out to watch.

South Yorkshire Police already want the power to ban right-wing marches because they cannot afford to police them (why just right-wing marches?– but let’s not go there.) Now they want to ban aircraft enthusiasts as well.

So citizens shouldn’t be allowed to go about their lawful business if its too much hassle for the police? That’s the sort of petty authoritarianism that the previous generation fought the Second World War to protect us from. Isn’t it time that the people of South Yorkshire, possibly through their Police and Crime Commissioner, made it clear to the police that their duty is to serve the public, not to be their masters.

And by the way, I used to go to air displays at RAF Finningley in past years, when a hundred thousand visitors were not unheard of. However did we survive the experience?

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