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July 12, 2007


Ellen Hemingway

I am completely moved by this essay. As I read this, I couldn't help but relate my personal situaion to the sentencing of Page. This hits so close to home for me, as my father is in jail and has been for the majority of my life and will spend the rest of his life there. I can't imagine what Page's family is going through. I know from experience what it is like not to have a family member present. I know how much my family has suffered from heartbreaks wondering why my father isn't at home for all of our joys and sorrows; not to be able to share them with him. But at least I have the option of communicating with him, via telephone calls and letters. Page's family has been robbed of this. While the crime should have been punished, I don't see what good putting to death a human being has done. I am so inclined to think of one of Ghandi's sayings: "an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind"; our vision has just been more impaired.

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