I can't tell you how happy I was to see the cover of your April issue. At Last! Someone was going to discuss the distressing Robert Rubin/Democratic Party connection. The article was most informative. It was gratifying to learn that President Clinton had at least an occasional moment of frustration at Democrats having to sell out to "a bunch of fucking bond traders" and become "Eisenhower Republicans," edifying to have affirmed that Hillary Clinton and Obama are securely in harness. And is there any way Edwards can do without Wall Street?
Additional support for Hugo Adam Bedau's argument that public support for capital punishment is dwindling [“Death's Dwindling Dominion,” July 2004] comes from a new poll in North Carolina that Doble Research Associates has recently published. When given a choice between sentencing murderers to death or to life in prison without parole, plus a requirement that they work and make restitution to a fund for victims' families, support for capital punishment drops dramatically. When people have this option, only 26 percent support the death penalty; 64 percent favor life in prison plus restitution. Without that option, 59 percent of the people of North Carolina favor the death penalty.