I'm glad the death penalty debate in the Legislature is over for another year. Why doesn't Sen. Ernie Chambers and his followers have any sympathy for the victims of murder? They were innocent and also wanted to live as well as the killers do. These killers are brave behind their weapons but cowards when caught.

Good for Sen. Scott Lautenbaugh, who said he never regretted when an execution was carried out. "I cannot have any sympathy for the men on death row. They have forfeited their right to be part of the human race," he said.

I would say that all murders are heinous no matter how the victims were killed.

No wonder it costs so much to execute killers; the lawyers fiddle around with appeals year after year before any execution can take place.

I would like to know what it costs to keep killers for life without parole. They have lodging, food, clothing, health insurance, electricity, water, heat and many other things that taxpayers have to pay for every month and year.

My 11-year-old niece died at the hands of two cowards, and I personally knew three others here in Lincoln who were murdered.

Virginia M. Woodrum, Lincoln