Sept. 29 — To the Editor:

Kirk Bloodsworth’s anecdote on how he was wrongfully convicted of murder should help the New Hampshire Legislature understand that the death penalty is an ineffective government policy and has no place in our state. People argue that we need to protect innocent citizens from evildoers. I have no argument with that, but when the government becomes the evildoers by giving a death sentence to innocent men and women, then how does that make me feel secure and safe? What if it was you who was in Kirk’s shoes, would you still support a policy that has the potential to put you to death?

New Hampshire citizens deserve better. We deserve policies that will not squander valuable resources. We deserve to feel confident in our government's ability to implement and enforce laws that will protect the innocent. Say no to the death penalty. NH can do better.

Selina Taylor