We asked area residents what they think of the governor’s action. Here’s the first installment:

Tommy Lininger, 25

Marysville

Q: The governer recently announced that he was putting a hold on the death penalty in California. How does that make you feel?

A: I’m torn. I don’t think we have the right to decide who lives and who dies. That’s up to God. I don’t think people who do awful things, like child molesters, should be on this earth, but it’s not our call. At the same time, I don’t want to pay to keep them in jail, either.

Q:He said some of the reasons for the change were discrimination against economic status, mental fitness, and race. He also mentioned those who have been wrongfully convicted. Do you have any thoughts on that?

A:I do, but I’d rather not get into it now.

Rhonda Ward, 49

Marysville

Q: The governor recently announced that he was putting a hold on the death penalty in California. How does that make you feel? 

A: It’s wrong. We have to have a justice system. This lets criminals get away with more without any penalty. 

Q: He said some of the reasons for the change were discrimination against economic status, mental fitness, and race. He also mentioned those who have been wrongfully convicted. ...

A: The good outweighs the bad. There haven’t been enough convictions to be concerned. There’s people who have been on death row for over 20 years.

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