Re “Alabama hails nitrogen gas execution; others disagree” (Page A7, Jan. 27): I have never favored the death penalty. I am a physician and have spent my professional career attempting to comfort, treat, and heal the sick. Currently I work part time for a hospice. Given my lifelong opposition to the death penalty, I can’t help but wonder why this new method of executing people is considered some kind of upgrade. Forcing a human being to actively suffocate is cruel and unusual, which means that it should be prohibited by the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution.
As a Jewish person, I also feel that we should all be profoundly offended by legalizing gassing a person to death. Have we forgotten what the Nazis did?
Dr. Rich Parker