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Thomas J. Lucente Jr. has complained that letters he gets concerning his writings usually never offer specific rebuttals. I can only say, “Where does one begin?”

However I must applaud Lucente’s recent column on capital punishment as well-reasoned and morally sound (“Time to end death penalty,” Feb. 9).

Lucente lists among his credentials “a licensed attorney in the state of Ohio.” My degree is in economics with minors in government and philosophy, but must admit I understand little about modern economics. Arguments still rage about little versus big government, and at age 90, I’m still not certain about my philosophy of life, both now and in the hereafter.

I don’t want to appear biased against lawyers, some of my best friends were lawyers. I say “were” because they’re mostly dead. I think President Barack Obama has a law degree but there are always exceptions for those who are exceptional though I doubt Lucente would appreciate the connection.

But one has to wonder if members of Congress with law degrees still are in the majority as was the case some years ago. Could this have anything to do with the abysmal ratings Congress has? As any good lawyer would say. “I rest my case.”

James R. Sendelbach, Delphos

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