The Distict City Council recently passed a resolution opposing capital punishment. In light of this decision and the recent publicity surrounding the execution of Gary Gilmore, Washington Post staff writer Sharon Conway and staff photographer Margaret Thomas asked District residents near the Tenley Circle area of Albemarle Street and Wisconsin Avenue NW how they felt about this question.
Bryan Myers, 30, a tow truck driver who lives on Connecticuit Avenue NW: "I think they should bring it back. I don't think people would be so ready to commit crimes then. I know that if I could get away with something, I'd do it."
Elizabeth Ban, 32, a radio writer and director who lives in aGlover Park: "I am against it as such, but I think in the U.S. you might need it right now. I am confused about it because I am against killing, but there is no place I know where there is so much murder."
Rosemary Parrette, 45, Tenley Circle housewife: "I guess it's all right, but I'd just as soon see it done away with. Idealistically, no, but changes will have to come about in society before we can stop it."
Mrs. L. David, a foster mother who lives on Georgia Avenue NW: "It depends on the circumstances. Some deserve it and some don't. For some, like hit men, they should go to the chair."
Beth Robinson 28, free lance writer who lives on Q St. NW: "I believe I'm for it. We must think about social norms. We must abide by the ethics of a society and what we are doing about it in the U.S. We must think how we can continue society in the most organized manner."
Tyrone Holt, 17, student who lives on R Street NW: "If someone did something wrong, he should do his time. And sometimes that gives a person time to think about his crime. I guess it depends on what he did. If it's real bad, then he should be executed."
Terry Smith, 18, a high school student who lives on Urell Place NE: "I think it is a little bit overpublicized. I don't feel sorry for a man who is sentenced, but I don't think the death penalty will stop anybody. I don't think it is necessary. The murder rate isn't down because of it."