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Earlier Letter Decrying Crime Not Meant to Offend

I am sorry if I offended anyone in my letter to The Tech ["Arsonists and Thieves Destroy Sense of MIT Community," Jan. 11]. Contrary to at least one person's view, I was not trying to sound racist. My article was simply my opinions in response to the recent fires that have been going on in MacGregor House and Burton-Conner House.

I don't know about anyone else here, but I don't like my home being burned up. I have to go to sleep at night just like everyone else, and what am I supposed to do if my dormitory goes up in smoke. Wait for six months before I can have my room back? I was not accusing anyone in my article. Did I point any fingers at members of the student body? No. I only mentioned that it couldn't all be people off the street.

I am sorry that I mentioned the SAT scores. It was a bad choice of words, and I greatly apologize. But one cannot deny that MIT is a very fine institution, and that it is unfortunate that it cannot be free of crime. That was the point of the article. I am sorry for anyone I might have offended. I come from a small town, and there seems to be a lot of crime on campus. I did not intend anything else, and I apologize.

Jeffrey Poore '97