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Posted: Wednesday, October 7, 1998 1:00 am

The Dispatch

The sad thing is that such things are even necessary.

Colleges should not need to send letters to their students urging them to be tolerant and civil toward one another. But things are different these days. Today the simpliest gestures can mutate into the biggest disasters. Stupid, thoughtless, senseless pranks too often lead to tragedy. As for deliberate ones, well, we reap what we sow.

Cheers to the folks at Palmer College of Chriopractic for confronting head-on one such senseless, thoughtless act, while at the same time not creating an international incident.

It all began when some thug or thugs drew swastikas on a bulletin board used by the Palmer Union of Jewish Students in August. It isn't the first time the bulletin board has been marred by such unfeeling creeps. Not surprisingly, the incidents worry some students.

``It creates a general feeling of intolerance,'' student Liba Chana Yonish told the Associated Press. For that reason alone, the matter could not be dropped. No, students didn't get the tolerance assembly they had requested, but we the college did provide a measured response that demonstrated their grasp of the seriousness of the situation.

Provost and Vice President Don Betz said, ``We didn't want to blow it out of proportion and encourage copycats.'' Neither did they ignore it. Now, let us hope this puts the matter to rest.

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