To the Editors: Your story on capital punishment [Jan. 24] was one of the best and most balanced pieces that I have read on that emotional and soul-searching issue. After analyzing the arguments on both sides, one can only conclude that the matter is far too complex to be dismissed with simplistic judgments.
John A. Vance Athens, Ga.
In the November elections I voted, with some hesitation, to put the death penalty on the books in Massachusetts. After reading about the atrocities in your article, my second thoughts...