After reading your article (Times, Sept. 25) about Lt. Col. Joseph Driscoll not paying a $77 bill to a 16-year-old paperboy, I got so angry that I had to write to you and let you know how I and, I am sure, a lot of other readers, feel about this person who is an officer in the American armed forces.
I think this is a very bad experience for a young teen to have to go through when he is trying so hard to achieve something positive early in his life. It is very discouraging to him and could have a negative effect on his future. Parents are unable to deal with many teens of today and find it hard to encourage many of them to get any kind of job.
I think it is deplorable . . . to take out his pettiness on this young boy, who is trying to earn himself some honest money.
Skimping on a $77 bill to a kid doesn't say much for the colonel's character, let alone suing his family for $150,000. The boy's father should have written to (Driscoll's) employer a lot sooner.