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STEALING IS THE PROBLEM, NOT A LACK OF INSPECTORS

How saddening it was to read the Jan. 13 News story, "Deadbeat riders," regarding those choosing to steal a ride on the Metro Rail. The thrust of the article is clearly placing blame on the fact that there are too few inspectors available to catch the thieves. The article noted this as a "primary reason."

There can only be one primary reason, and let's not lose sight of what that is. It has nothing to do with the number of inspectors and everything to do with one's decision to steal. "Do not steal" is one of the Ten Commandments. For those who choose not to look to a godly influence or direction in their life, please note that "do not steal" is universally embraced by society as being a basic concept necessary for order in our lives.

With such universal and divine backing, why wasn't it even mentioned in the article? Is dishonesty so accepted that we cannot even acknowledge it as being wrong? OK, let The News make its point about too few inspectors, but please don't ignore the real issues of maintaining some moral fabric in our society.

EDWARD R. NESSELBECK

Clarence Center

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