The Edmond Sun

April 28, 2014

Secrecy regarding lethal injection uncalled for

Special to The Sun

OKLA. CITY — To the Editor:

I agree with those who feel that Oklahoma is very much in the wrong when it comes to hiding basic facts about its plans for lethal injection from the public.

It’s important to remember that concern about the way the state carries out executions is not the same thing as sympathy for the condemned. If we are to have good government, it is essential for us to be able to fully know, understand and be able to communicate with our government about its actions.

Oklahoma is treating its citizens as if we are children who don’t need to be bothered with the facts, but in reality, the government’s extreme secrecy about lethal injection raises serious concerns.

It’s our state government and we have every right to understand what it is doing in our names. Extreme secrecy is bad government, undemocratic and dangerous. The state must turn over much more information about lethal injection before any execution can move forward.

Emmett E. “Bud” Welch

Oklahoma City

BUD WELCH, whose daughter was killed in the April 19, 1995, Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building bombing, is national president of Murder Victims Families for Human Rights. Congress should devote more time, attention to veterans issues.