Sir: Your Jan. 10 article "The Pistol and the Claw" raises some interesting questions. Will we learn in time that those who live by the sword inevitably perish by it ? An alternative was suggested several thousand years ago, namely, "doing unto others as we would have them do unto us." Impractical? May be so, but it works. The hardest of criminals will respond favorably to such treatment when genuine and done in the absence of a "big stick" behind one's back . . .
ALLYN F. ROBERTS East Lansing, Mich.
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