You and your editorial staff have reached a new low. I am referring to your decision to include the cartoon by Mike Luckovich in your Saturday, June 24 edition. This cartoon features two hooded figures, one with Al-Qaida on his shirt and the other with an American flag on his shirt. The guy representing the U.S. is lecturing the Al-Qaida guy from a book entitled "Torture Etiquette," thus equating the U.S. and Al-Qaida in the methods and use of torture. This, coming just days after two of our service men were kidnapped and brutally tortured and killed at the hands of Al-Qaida operatives in Iraq.

This cartoon was already vetted in the national media and found to be highly offensive and anti-American by a large majority of those Americans polled. There was no need for you to repeat it.

I believe in freedom of the press, but I also believe that it comes with a responsibility to print the truth, and also to maintain some measure of character, class, and dignity. You have exhibited none of these virtues in this case.

My father, my grandfather, and all of my uncles served their country in time of war. Our area is heavily populated with folks who are veterans of WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, the Balkans, and the current war against terror in Iraq and various other places on the globe. We also have our share of those who made the ultimate sacrifice. And we have more than our share of families who currently have loved ones "in harm's way" still fighting, as all of those other veterans have done down through history, to protect the rights of you and your staff to be mouth breathing, drooling, idiots whenever you choose.

What a disgrace! You should all be ashamed. When you guys awake from your collective moronic stupor, you owe all of us an apology.

Editor's note: For our response to Mr. Long's letter, please click on Richard Kerns' Blog of 6-28, at the bottom of the Web site's front page.

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