Punishment does not fit

Peter Betz has been a friend of mine since grade school, about 60 years ago. He gets arrested, his name and his picture get put on the front page of The Leader-Herald.

He loses his reputation, his good name and is suspended from his job. No doubt, he and his family will receive a lot of degrading comments, now and in the future.

This man was never arrested before in his life of 70 years. He was a teacher, historian, musician, and wrote a column in The Leader-Herald.

This all happened to this man for apparently taking a coffeemaker. The punishment certainly does not fit the crime.