Let the punishment fit the crime

In regard to the editorial ``Caning, American Style,'' July 6: I have not heard a solution to the graffiti problem that fits the problem.

It seems to me that requiring the vandal to remove the graffiti or take other appropriate steps to restore the vandalized property to its original condition would be a more fitting procedure. If the property cannot be restored, the vandal should earn the money to replace it. This would be both a powerful message and a sensible and constructive one. This idea could also serve as a solution to littering and other destructive acts.

If vandals are caned or subjected to some other violent punishment, taxpayers still have to pay to have the damage repaired. Marjorie Foster, Mayfield, Mich.

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