I found the editorial page cartoon (Herald, Dec. 22) to be appallingly disrespectful of our military and in particular to our World War II Pacific theater veterans. By bastardizing the iconic image of Marines raising the flag on Mount Suribachi, the artist has insulted both the living and the dead who participated in that terrible conflict.
The political struggle to repeal dont ask dont tell is in no way comparable to the horrific battle fought on Iwo Jima. That sort of comparison shows the total disconnect that much of our society and media has as to the sacrifices that face our men and women in uniform. That icon represents a struggle that cost tens of thousands of lives and tens of thousands more physically and psychologically wounded.
If gays and lesbians had shed as much blood in their cause of defending a sexual preference as our Marines and Navy did on defending the world from Japanese imperialism on Iwo Jima, then maybe Id have a different opinion.
Tim Hunter, Mancos