It is a disturbing and sad irony that just after we witnessed the Amish's unquestioning compassion following schoolhouse murders, we saw newspaper images of people rejoicing and celebrating a day of revenge after Danny Rolling's execution.
Did we learn nothing from the Amish?
What lessons are we teaching our children?
Perhaps the difference lies in the one murderer taking his own life and the state having the power to put the other to death.
Regardless of how a murderer dies, an execution should surely be a time of reflection and sorrow.
Like the man who killed the Amish girls, Rolling had a mother.
Would the community ever have gone to her door step with comfort and solace?
This is not a time for the tribal celebration of victory.
Rolling, for all his sickness, was one of us.
It should be a somber act to bring about the end of another human being.
Execute him, Yes, and let justice prevail.
But reflect upon the gravity that such a decision brings.
PHILLIP M. CHURCH, Miami