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To the Editors of the CRIMSON:

The CRIMSON talks a great line but is. I fear, as philistine as much of our society. I refer to your Monday editorial, "Taking Care of Collins."

You clearly imply that two years is not a dis-proportionate sentence were Collins, indeed, guilty of assault and battery and possession of marijuana. However, for disruption of classes at Harvard, "Two years in prison is too harsh a punishment..."

What odd values! I think possession of pot should be no crime at all, and 15 days would seem about right for a weak punch or two thrown in anger. But interfering with the freedom to teach and learn is a very serious offense and two years (with some remission, I trust, when he shows he understands) seem particularly disproportionate had he been convicted of that offense. E. S. Pattullo

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