Letter: Govenor’s decision on death penalty tells Californians that their votes don’t matter
Regarding Governor Gavin Newsom bringing the death penalty to an end in California (“Governor orders a halt to the death penalty”, March 14), I am angered by the fact that the governor has ignored the clear will of California voters. As a new voter, I am discouraged to see such disdain for the popular vote. In 2016, 53.6% of Californians voted to keep the death penalty. Growing up, we are taught that our vote determines the fate of the country, but when it comes down to it, government officials have the final say. This undermines our democracy as a whole; we give the officials power, yet they fail to respect the voice of the people. It’s become time to ask ourselves, are we living under a democracy or an oligarchy?
Mylena Corona, 18, Paso Robles