August 10, 1991
Mish-MashEditor: Using a mass murder case as a springboard, columnist Cal Thomas (Aug. 2) jumps to the conclusion that the death penalty is justified. Insane crimes, he would have us believe, are not committed by insane people, but by evil people who, as his sources say, have a ''spiritual void.''Thomas rambles on about good and evil, concluding that ''man is basically not good'' and therefore ''needs to be controlled and conformed.'' This pseudo-scientific philosophical and theological mish-mash, by some arcane logic, leads Thomas to support the death penalty and even, in a Texas case he cites, murder.