While I do not condone destruction of public property, and I will not argue whether John Tsombikos's public Borf displays fall into that category, I feel sure that Mr. Tsombikos was not "bored," as Joshua Rovner wrote in his July 23 letter.

On the contrary, Mr. Tsombikos's enormous energy and effort were fueled by a depth of thought and care about the future that "bored" teens don't exhibit.

His activities embodied vision and gave encouragement to the voiceless young.

If Mr. Tsombikos caused any adult to reassess his or her daily living or think about the meaning of sustainability, he achieved more than most people do.


Chevy Chase


Kathleen Murphy, the mother of graffiti artist John Tsombikos, should be ashamed for classifying her son's citywide vandalism as activism.

Mr. Tsombikos defaced our home on three occasions, obliging us to spend hundreds of dollars on pro- fessional removal of his puerile messages.

He also defaced many street signs in the Georgetown and Dupont Circle areas.

While other teenagers devote themselves to community service in hospitals, or cleanup projects, or tutoring, Ms. Murphy, her son and Richard Lee, her son's accomplice, are proud of the destruction they wrought.