What were you thinking when you printed the picture accompanying "A Disturbing Picture of America" [Style, May 5]?

As the liberal and open-minded parent of 10-, 12- and 15-year-old children who read the comics and KidsPost devoutly, I was quite disturbed by your decision to publish a graphic photograph of the violence and sexual abuse of Iraqi prisoners on the page before the comics section.

Freedom of the press is one thing, but please show some common sense and forethought in the placement of articles and photos in the supposedly "kid-friendly" section of your paper.

-- Eileen Scherzinger

Vienna

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I was disgusted by your decision to publish [front page, May 12] the picture of Nicholas Berg's father and brother grieving in their front yard after hearing the news of Nicholas's terrible death. No reader of your paper has a right to share in that intimate moment of sadness and horror. We all grieve for Nicholas, and for all Americans killed in this war, but for the sake of the dignity of these freshly hurting families, journalists should once in a while step back and give these families the privacy they deserve.

-- Lisa Long

Arlington

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The only thing more nauseating and heartbreaking than the knowledge of a filmed decapitation being shown over the Internet is knowing that a grieving father's discovery of this horror would be photographed in real time and splattered on the front page of your May 12 newspaper. How is publicizing this image any less callous to the friends and family of the deceased than the heartlessness his executioners display on the Internet?

-- Mark Ganter

Arlington

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I respectfully request that your editors allow parents, guardians, teachers or counselors to decide whether to expose children to the type of photo printed on the front page of your May 6 newspaper. Your paper should have placed that photo of Pfc. Lynndie England holding a naked Iraqi prisoner by a strap tied around his neck with the other photos, deep in the A section.

-- Lori Goldberg

Mount Airy