A Callous Cartoon

Saturday, August 11, 2007

I am appalled by the lack of sensitivity, decency and simple good taste that Tom Toles displayed in his Aug. 8 cartoon. To trivialize the horror suffered by the passengers on United Flight 93 on Sept. 11, 2001 -- in particular the heroic call to action of Todd Beamer -- was beyond the pale. As we approach the sixth anniversary of that terrible day, you might want to suggest to Toles that it is no laughing matter to make a joke out of a flight that ended up in a smoking crater in Pennsylvania with a loss of 40 innocent souls.

-- Keith Gamboa

Rockville

As a frequent flier, I know all too well the problems facing our country's commercial aviation system, but this wasn't the way to discuss the issue.

I found the cartoon demeaning to Todd Beamer, a hero, and to all the families who lost friends and loved ones on Flight 93.

Many Americans have died in battle so that you may publish your newspaper as you see fit. With rights, however, come responsibilities. I believe that in this case you have forgotten that important truth.

-- Gary Roberson

Arlington

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