My Reflections on Tree of Life Tragedy

With Vicki Schieber, Pittsburgh October 2018 To My Concerned Friends, This past Saturday morning, I was in synagogue, standing next to the Torah. As we were reading of the binding of Isaac, other folks got word of the shooting at Tree of Life synagogue in the Squirrel...

Death Penalty Is Arbitrary

The arbitrariness of the death penalty is one of its worst attributes. If the government is going to carry out capital punishment on its citizens, it should at least be consistent about it. Death sentences are influenced by geography, race, gender, wealth, and mental...

Death Penalty Wastes Too Much Money

This letter was published on February 22, 2018 at GoErie.com Abolish the death penalty; it wastes too much money Feb. 13 marks the third anniversary of a moratorium that halted all executions in Pennsylvania. It was enacted by Gov. Tom Wolf in part because of the high...

Death by blackness?

by PADP Board Member Shane Claiborne The color of your skin shouldn’t determine whether you live or die. But that is precisely the case for Duane Buck, a Texas man facing execution. His case is before the Supreme Court this month. Earlier this month, the nation’s...

Governor Wolf has the high ground here

The wording of House Resolution 143 calls Governor Wolf’s moratorium on the death penalty unconstitutional. The action taken by the governor was a moratorium on executions until a study is complete. Wolf has not disregarded the constitution; rather, the governor has...