To the Editor: Death. Violence. Grief. Sadness. Anger. Hate. Revenge. There is no shortage of these in the world around us. It doesn’t take long to realize that our news cycles feed off of these voyeuristic opportunities. But lately, something else has been in the news.

New Hampshire has voted to abolish the death penalty. But then, Governor Sununu vetoed HB 455, going against the majority of what senators, representatives, and citizens have voted for. On May 23, the bill will return to the House, seeking a two-thirds majority to override the veto.

The facts of the matter are clear, as attested to by citizens across the political spectrum at hearings over these past few months — conservatives and liberals alike. The death penalty does not work. It is inhumane. It does not bring peace or justice — only revenge and more murder at the hands of the state. It is more expensive than life without parole. Groups of law enforcement officers and survivors of those related to the victims have advocated for the repeal of the death penalty for years.

We have a historic opportunity in this state to stand against death, violence, murder, grief, anger, hate, and revenge and to stand up for a just society that strives to look a little bit more like a beloved community.

As an ordained priest in a body of about 3.5 million members, I stand on the side of justice, hope, and love. Let’s repeal the death penalty in New Hampshire in 2019!

Rev. KYLE SEIBERT

Hanover

Rev. KYLE SEIBERT

Hanover

Rev. KYLE SEIBERT

Hanover