Regarding your Dec. 27 editorial and Sgt. Michael Edes’ rebuttal, in my opinion there is one very easy way to put an end to abuse and discrimination of subordinates by Maine state workers.

When an employee of the state is found guilty of unlawfully harassing, abusing or discriminating against a subordinate employee, require that the person doing the abusing pay all fines and court expenses resulting from any lawsuits arising from the abuse.

Further, if any state employee is found guilty of any such offenses, that employee should be immediately terminated without pay.

It is the offender, not the state taxpayer who should pay for criminal behavior.

Richard Grover, Mason Township