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    This cartoon was posted in the Sacramento Bee on the same day those in West, TX were having a memorial service to honor those who died, 10 of which were first responders. Gov. Perry has sent a letter to the editor of the newspaper asking for an apology. Do you think it was in poor taste to publish this, expecially on that day? Do you think they should apologize?



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    I think the cartoon was very much in poor taste.
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    Actually, having read their reasoning behind the cartoon, I don't have an issue with them publishing it.
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    I thought the cartoon was fabulous. It's called satire. Not sure if the timing was intentional or not but I don't care. The fact is that this "accident" would not have happened in California or some of the other states because we have regulations about such silly things like storage of chemical explosives and whether schools & nursing homes can be in close proximity to plants that are known to create explosive things, and we also require automated fire extinguishing systems in plants like that specifically to prevent having dozens of first responders barrelling into a burning building that has an almost certain likelihood of exploding.
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    I am very surprised by the previous responses. It is never ok to make fun of a tragedy regardless of who's fault it is. The families of the people who died in this accident had nothing to do with it, and those people deserve to be remembered with respect. If you posted a picture of 9/11 in a cartoon, it would not be "fabulous" regardless of the point that was being made. Using this tragedy to make a political point on the day of the memorial is no more appropriate IMO than the people who picket military funerals as a way of protesting war.

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    They're not making fun of a tragedy. They're actually expressing some outrage at how it happened in the first place.

    Picketing a funeral is a pointless act, it doesn't even make sense. Using an editorial cartoon, a tradition that goes back decades, to make a statement about how bad politics & regulations resulted in a tragedy is a lot more meaningful.
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    Very poor taste this close to the tragedy. A few weeks out and I feel it would be different
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    If 9/11 had occurred because the officials at Boston's Logan Airport disregarded well-known safety screenings in favor of attracting cheap airlines that might fly out of neighboring airports, then I would have no problem with a satirical editorial cartoon about it. If 9/11 had occurred because the state of New York had failed to adopt high-rise airliner-bounce-off technology that had been proven useful in other terrorist attacks because they wanted to attract cheap businesses that might move to New Jersey rather than pay an airliner-bounce-off safety subsidy, then I would have no problem with a satirical editorial cartoon about it.

    The issue here isn't whether people died. It's whether those people died because of stupid decisions of their state government.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spacers View Post
    If 9/11 had occurred because the officials at Boston's Logan Airport disregarded well-known safety screenings in favor of attracting cheap airlines that might fly out of neighboring airports, then I would have no problem with a satirical editorial cartoon about it. If 9/11 had occurred because the state of New York had failed to adopt high-rise airliner-bounce-off technology that had been proven useful in other terrorist attacks because they wanted to attract cheap businesses that might move to New Jersey rather than pay an airliner-bounce-off safety subsidy, then I would have no problem with a satirical editorial cartoon about it.

    The issue here isn't whether people died. It's whether those people died because of stupid decisions of their state government.
    So I guess you would have no problems with a cartoon depicting dead babies making fun of the Department of Health of Pennsylvania for allowing the murder of innocent childern?
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    Quote Originally Posted by GloriaInTX View Post
    So I guess you would have no problems with a cartoon depicting dead babies making fun of the Department of Health of Pennsylvania for allowing the murder of innocent childern?
    If it was done the same way with the same tone as this cartoon, I would have no issue with it. I'm guessing the people who created & published the cartoon are very angry about the terrible tragedy that happened there in Texas and believe it could have been avoided and innocent lives could have been spared.
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