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Humanity’s saints were against death penalty

The candlelight vigil for the execution of Stephen Wane Anderson at the State Capitol Building in Sacramento the night of the January full moon was a beautiful experience. About a hundred demonstrators out of a city of a million people. A crisp clear very chilly night.

The vigil from 11 to midnight was lead by a jolly Catholic nun. They lit seven candles in tall blue glasses on a card table on the sidewalk. Dignitaries read with each candle. The candles were snuffed out after the execution.



Nick Wilcox, Laura Wilcox’s dad, spoke on forgiveness. Laura was gunned down by Scott Thorpe here a year ago. If Laura was a lovely girl, her father is also one high guy. It was ennobling to breathe the same air. The saints are of one voice against the death penalty. Emerson, Thoreau, Whitman, Mark Twain, George Bernard Shaw, King, Gandhi, Mother Teresa. No intelligent person is for it. Wake up America.




Two days after Anderson’s execution the front page of the Bee reported the son of an assistant attorney general was sentenced to life for the kidnaping, rape and murder of a 12-year-old girl. He could afford a lawyer.

It’s time for a moratorium on the death penalty now.

Driving home I stopped for breakfast at Denny’s at 2 a.m. Then went on up to Colfax and cut over on 174 through the forest in the snow. It was magical.

Smoky Wil Godfrey

Grass Valley


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