Bipartisan anti-death penalty bill: I was pleased to see the article with the headline, “Why area Republicans sponsored bills to abolish Ohio’s death penalty” in the July 19 edition. As someone who has followed the movement to abolish Ohio’s death penalty for a long time, this moment feels very different from past attempts at repeal, and that is largely due to the strong bipartisan support for both bills. I applaud our Republican legislators who realize repealing the death penalty is a smart move for our state in so many ways. I also wanted to respond to Mr. Tobin’s assertions that Ohioans still want the death penalty. A recent poll found that a majority of Ohioans actually favor repealing the death penalty. That majority included 69% of Democrats and 53% of Republicans polled. In addition, the race of the victim is often where racial inequity is seen when applying the death penalty. Studies have proven over and over again that Black defendants with White victims are more likely to receive death sentences. The facts are clear, and I look forward to the passage of legislation that will end this broken policy forever. Robert L. Stoughton, Xenia.
DDN payroll project: Kudos to our Dayton Daily News for your excellent coverage exposing the unbelievable sky high salaries paid to our public employees. They are paid by we citizens. Keep up this informative reporting to expose the blatant out-of-control spending on “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” in a very few years at this rate. I’m sure those among us footing these cost have problems determining what to skim or give up — such as proper food, medications, cost of home repairs, or no vacation — to pay these property taxes. We also read the many excuses they practice to support their behavior. Let us call it as it is, pure greed. It’s a lack of caring for their community’s future. We need educated people who know how to count in math that realizes this present system is unsustainable. Which begs the question, who are the representatives negotiating these salaries, and are they using the same calculators that we use? Brad Phillips, Centerville.