Capital Punishment

I was digging potatoes down in the bottom field, so I was, when I decided to take an overdue lunch break for a nice, cool glass of, um, buttermilk and a sandwich up at the house, after which I took a look at Saturday’s edition of this newspaper. As usual I turned first to the editorial/opinion pages, to see where my weekly column ended up and check out what the other great minds had to say about the important events and issues of our time.

An unsigned “point of view” editorial under the heading “time to hold referendum on death penalty debate” on the page opposite quickly caught my eye. I was, to put it mildly, shocked and appalled by what I read. Surely we’re not going to seriously consider bringing back the death penalty, let alone have a referendum about it. So what if “millions of Canadians want the return of capital punishment – whether it be by hanging or lethal injection – as punishment for the most heinous crimes against our society,” as the editorial opines? That doesn’t make it right. Continue reading

Owen Sound Jail to Close, Rehabilitation and Mental Health Funding Should Be Government Priority

I spent a little time in the Owen Sound Jail, though not, thank goodness, as an inmate. It was about 15 years ago, I recollect. I was taken on a guided tour of the facility with other members of the local news media.

One image from that tour still stands in my memory: a row of iron-barred cells, each cell about four feet wide by about nine feet deep, with three stone walls and no window. The word that kept coming to mind then, and comes to mind again now, is dungeon.
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