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MAJORITY OF AMERICANS FAVOR DEATH PENALTY

Rep. John LaFalce's letter on the execution of Timothy McVeigh was hypocritical and typical of how the Democratic Party slants current events. He stated that the death penalty harms U.S. ties with Europe, and criticized President Bush's record and position on the issue.

The hypocrisy comes with the fact that it was under the Democratic administration of Bill Clinton that McVeigh was prosecuted, convicted and sentenced to death. The current administration simply carried out the law.

I also didn't know that the United States "stands with countries like Cuba, Iran, Iraq and Libya." I thought our current and past government was enforcing embargoes on these countries, and criticizing their human rights policies. Yet our European allies are the first in line to expand their own economic gain with these countries.

We as a nation should do things that the majority of Americans believe in, and not because our European allies do it. If we took the latter position, should we also become a socialist state, like several of our allies?

THOMAS J. MURRER

Williamsville

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