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What Do You Think?

August 25, 2009

Editor's note: The Herald-Mail invites readers to answer poll questions on www.herald-mail.com. Readers also may submit comments about the poll question when voting. A sampling of edited reader comments will run on The Herald-Mail's Opinion page on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.

The question posted Friday on The Herald-Mail's Web site was: Should Scottish officials have granted a compassionate release to the only man convicted of the Lockerbie bombing?

"Another example of the West bending over to the Muslim extremists. What a poor example of leadership and what a disgusting example to set. Allowing the mass murderer to go home to a hero's welcome is the most uncompassionate thing to do to the victims' families. This release was a back-door, multigovernment deal and had nothing to do with compassion. Don't be fooled."

"Why does this man get a compassionate 'free' pass because he is ill? Hasn't he given the families of the victims an ill feeling as they continue to mourn the loss of their loved ones? So, he is ill. What? Release ill prisoners so they can finish their lives on the streets? You do the crime, suck it up and finish out your time. All of a sudden, the ill man convicted of the bombing wants his freedom to experience life. Go figure. Releasing the man decreases the value of life of all those he was convicted of killing. I understand faith-based decisions. Aren't we all given 'free will'? Don't we know right from wrong (or should know)?"

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"This is one of those events that will make your head spin. I truly do not understand the logic behind this. The welcome home banners and celebrations in his honor are also sickening."

"No. He should spend his last days in jail. At least he is alive, unlike those who died before their time in that airplane. Compassion was showed when he was not put to death, so he has already received his unfair share of compassion."

"I would like to see the reasoning of the people who voted 'yes.' I voted 'no.' The people he killed didn't get to say goodbye to their families. There was no remorse or compassion. Does Scotland have the death penalty? If they do, why didn't this guy get it? I consider myself a Christian also, but in the Bible, it does say 'an eye for an eye.' You get what you give."

"Right is wrong, and up is down. I'd love to know what tipped Lady Justice's scales in this case? What is more compassionate -- letting a convicted murderer go free or being sensitive to the thousands of people who were directly traumatized by this act of terror. Clearly, compassion was absent in this decision."

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