It was shocking and even a bit frightening to see a respected magazine such as BUSINESS WEEK treating lightly, and even condoning, hate e-mail ("Virtual Voodoo," Home Page, Sept. 18) released by PinStruck.com.

It is illegal to threaten people on the telephone, in person, or by mail, yet you propose that this is a laughable matter when it is done by e-mail.

Peter Christ

Camas, Wash.

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