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2 The Julian News Art Gallery 765-2168 Books The Julian 1 BOOK HOVSE00I Purveyors of l superb reading material 1 Selling Rare and Good Used Books Diana & Don Garrett - Owners 2230 Main Street P.O. Box 2003 Julian, CA 92036 760-765-1989 Art Gallery Santa Ysabel Art Gallery 30352 Hwy. 78 (at Hwy. 79) RO. Box 480 Santa Ysabel, CA 92070 765 1676 OPEN Thursday - Monday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Featuring the Finest Local Artists Local Farm to Table Cuisine! I East Coum'= e,st Happy Hour[ I H0nday-Friday 2:30--b:00pm I App,tizr & Drink gpeciala[ I I OPEN EVERY DAYAT 11AM! I Steaks, Seafood Specialty Burgers | Incredible Desserts, Youth Menu I Vegetarian and Gluten Free Options I Wine, Champagne and Beer Bar I I 2nd Entree Half Off I I Monday--Thursday I Summer Schedule I 760.765.]587 I & Music Lineup Until the time change in the fall, Wynola Pizza will be open until 9:00 PM. Customers can enjoy the comfortable summer evenings On the patio and have an evening dinner or drink under the setting sun. 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Join us every Friday and Saturday evening (and some Sunday afternoons) 760 765-1004 | 4354 Highway 78 [ LBetween Santa Ysabel and Julian j II l l I Motorcycle Apparel I Leathers, Apparel, Gifts & Jewelry 15-2966  JulianHogHeaven,lnc Local Banking Community Banking , Checking Savings Home Equity Business Banking L2033 Main St., Julian I 765-2765 Member FD[C Rabobank "Serving the Community of Julian" GATED, SECURE STORAGE SITES -- FULLY ENCLOSED YARD INDUSTRIAL/BUSINESS SITE FOR MACHINERY & EQUIPMENT STORAGE Outside Storage - Trailers, Boats, Cars, RV's Unit Sizes-5x10 10x10 10x15 10x20, 10x30 ;ates Open 7 Days 7a,m, to Dark Office- M.F t to 4 clcse(i Sa: & S', 3582 Highway 78 at Newman Way .00,6o00765.260:1. ,.x 765-2797 760 765 4600 WE INVITE YOUR OPINION/ The views expressed by our contributing writers are their own and not necessarily those of The Julian News management. We invite aft parties to submit their opinions and comments to The Julian News. All contributed items are subject to editorial approval prior to acceptance for publication. Letters must include your name and contact information. Letters may be mailed to: Julian News P.O. Box 639 Julian, CA 92036 email: letters@juliannews.corn in person: Julian News Office 1453 Hollow Glen Road (gain - 5:00pro Wed-FrO Deadline is Friday Noon for the next weeks issue ! p 6''P MAILED 52 WEEKS - $40.00 I, First Class Delivery - $120.00 Mail Subscription To: Julian News P.O.Box 639 Julian, CA 92036-0639 [PLEASE PRINT] NAME: ADDRESS: City State Zip" +4 TELEPHONE: ( ) VISA MASTERcARD CREOIT CArlO NUMBER: EXPIRATION DATE: PAYMENT METHOD CHECK [ MONEY ORDER [ SIGNATURE: For information, call (760) 7652231 CASH [' / / email: Guest Editorial Kill The Death Penalty by Keith Taylor Don't hold your breath but it is possible Californians will finally join several other progressive, freethinking states and repeal one of the dumbest laws in the nation? The local ACLU and a few outfits have placed a referendum on the November ballot which will not only save us more than $150 million per year, it will allow us to hold up our heads with the dignity of acting rationally. If the referendum flies, voters will do away with the death penalty -- a no-brainer in a world dominated by religious fervor. The referendum will not turn killers loose, but it will make them spend their lives in prison rather than just sit around death row while waiting interminably to be executed. The measure sounds good even the conservatives could get on board. They talk of saving money and here is their chance. Capital punishment costs billions of dollars over the years, even if it is almost never carried out. That ought to be a enough to getthe attention even of a tea partier. Or maybe not. Californians showed their sympathies back in 1977 just as soon as the Supreme court decided strapping a person in a chair and poisioning him (sometimes her) wasn't cruel and inhuman after all. The state considered, at least by its own citizens, the most progressive in the country recalled three members of the state Supreme Court in 1986, including the chief justice, Rose Bird, for overturning the decisions of jurors and halting their executions. Ironically the California "supremes" were following the mandate of the Federal Supreme Court which ruled courts could not dismiss jurors who did not believe in the death penalty. But the nuances of the law didn't matter. Our message to the world was we don't want no wimps thwarting our right to kill people. If it's any consolation, Texans, especially its governor, look even more irrational. Governor Rick Perry broke George Bush's personal record for killing people and is 'oCeeding apace. Perry had already stated that executions don't bother him a bit. Perhaps he's becoming inured to killing. He holds the modern record for it at 236/and his most loyal followers love him for it. Such is politics in America today. Bill Clinton once left a campaign to hurry home to Arkansas so he could ensure the execution of a fellow with an IQ so low he didn't understand he was sentenced to die. As they marched him off to the execution chamber he saved the dessert from his last meal for later. Our much maligned uber liberal politician took a short cut through civilized behavior on his way to high office. But some see the light. Thirteen men on death row in Illinois were found to be innocent, no thanks to the government which sent them there. No, these guys were exonerated by members of a college journalism class. Then, Governor Ryan, a conservative no less, halted all pending executions. Ryan followed with a push for Illinois to join the states who don't have it as an option. Despite the stark evidence that innocent people can be sentenced to death, his legislature refused to enact a law prohibiting it. tells us: "According to a survey of the former and present presidents of the country's top academic criminological societies, 88% of these experts rejected the notion that the death penalty acts as a deterrent to murder." I shudder at this frenzy to kill people. My biggest objection is not limited to what it does to those executed. It is what it does to otherwise ordinary citizens. When he was Texas governor, George W. Bush mocked convicted killer Karla Faye Tucker because she pied for mercy. Then he invoked the name of God in allowing the execution to be carried out. Bush and God were a fearsome combination when it came to carrying out the more stringent edicts of the good book. On December 13th 2005, the deposed mayor of San diego, later a talk show host, got in his licks at Tookie Williams's execution at San Quintin. Roger Hedgecock who had been arguing in favor of the execution, read a parody of The Night Before Christmas." The ghoulish parody ended with Tookie squealed like a pig when they gave him the needle. Even killers are people. Their deaths should not be mocked. California should join the seventeen states which have abolished the death penalty. It's time Americans grow up and stop celebrating the things which demean us. Keith Taylor is a retired navy officer living in Chula Vista. He can be reached at krtaylorxyz@aoL com October 10, 2012 Thursday- Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p,m. and by appointment 2724 'B' Street (760)765-2129 1 Coffee" Tea" Smoothie Mocha Cappuccino Italian Soda" Volcan Freeze ... don't {orclet the {oodl 1921 Main gt, call in an 0rder:76S-1906 ! 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