The Taking of Human Life



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Complete the readings below.

For this project, you may choose Option A or Option B



Option A: Compose a letter to the President regarding the current war. In this letter, explain your position regarding the ethics of war and responses to terrorism. In your explanation, be sure to draw upon ethical concepts and reasonings to support your position. State what you believe should be done and why. The letter should be one page in length, double spaced, and free of grammatical errors.

Option B: Compose a letter to your state governor regarding the death penalty. In this letter, explain your position regarding capital punishment. In your explanation, be sure to draw upon ethical concepts and reasonings to support your position. State whether or not the death penalty should be abolished and why.

The letter should be one page in length, double spaced, and free of grammatical errors.



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Eddie Jackson


Kaplan University Student
Florida

Dear Governor Rick Scott,

This letter comes to you with great intentions, expectations and with the highest regard for American

society; you can tell just how great a country is by how well they treat the poor and less fortunate as well

as how they process and maintain their criminal justice system. I would like to express my deepest

concern for capital punishment and offer possible solutions to a system that currently does not appear to

be working. The reasons why capital punishment is ethically wrong are: it is ineffective as a deterrent

(murders happen whether or not there is capital punishment), it does not bring back the

victims (capital punishment would be an act of revenge in this case), there is always the

possibility of executing an innocent man or woman (this would be a grave injustice), and the

denial of rehabilitation of the criminal (even if the criminal cannot be rehabilitated, they may still

have something valuable to offer society). We all have heard of the arguments against capital

punishment, but what about the solutions? I believe we should do what is best for everyone

involved, including the criminals (a utilitarian approach). I believe crime in America has roots in

the socio-economic problems that plague the poorest of neighborhoods, as well as corporate

tyranny, capitalism run amuck, monetary greed, and corrupt politicians. We need to clean up

America one neighborhood at a time, as well as balance the wealth, education, and healthcare

of this great country (all of these elements would lead to less crime, crime that is punishable

by capital punishment). We should change capital punishment to life without a chance of

parole, at least until we evolve morally and ethically and can step into the future knowing more

about crime, why it happens and what role we play in it. Let us do what is best for everyone.

Sincerely,



Eddie Jackson






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