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The Boston Globe sank to a new low by using the parents of Martin Richard, the 8-year-old victim of the Boston Marathon terrorist bombing, to politicize the paper’s anti-death penalty stance (“To end the anguish, drop the death penalty,” Page A1, April 17).

Family members of others who were harmed that day believe that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev deserves death. Why didn't the Globe create front-page space for their thoughts about what his punishment should be?

While we contemplate the penance of life in prison, let us not forget that this could mean visits from Tsarnaev's family, study of the Koran, meals — plenty of time for him to contemplate his actions and to be thankful, as he has already expressed in word and deed, that he was chosen to do jihad.

The only punishment that would provide genuine closure for this horrific act would be to remove the perpetrator from this world.

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Cheryl Mavrikos
Brookline