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Our problems stem from crayon boxes


To the Editor:

The recent actions attributed to vigilantes seem to indicate a rising discontent with the current system of law enforcement.

The letters from Richard Herrmann and Thomas Steiger reflect two extreme opinions toward the way society should deal with people that stray from the norm and commit crimes. But neither address the real reasons that such actions are becoming necessary for the survival of some people.

First, I would like to say that the problem with the milk industry today is not the fact that the government must subsidize and meddle with the free market equilibrium, but that people keep stealing the plastic milk carriers.

The plastic crates say "use by other than registered owner punishable by law" but that isn't stopping things.

The problem stems from the days that children are in grade school. They are given a new box of crayons every year even though they have only used up the pointed tip of the crayon the year before. In fact, the only crayon that gets any paper peeled off of it is the black one.

On the other extreme, the white crayon does no one a bit of good since most of the paper given to elementary school students is pretty close to being white. The burnt sienna and salmon crayons are not used by any sane student, so the boxes of 96 crayons are only a gimmick to sell crayon sharpeners. Forty-eight different crayon colors are enough for anybody.

So Steiger and Herrman can argue all they want. I just don't want to see any more of Simson's fuzzy pictures of squirrels printed in The Tech.

P.S. Keep optimistic, Tom H.

Hisashi Todd Fujinaka '86->