I have enjoyed Brad Stanhope’s column in the past, but was incredulous in reading, the “What happened to Flight 370? I have theories,” piece published April 6, 2014. It was not funny or clever.
The plane’s disappearance is a horrible tragedy and should not be used for amusement. Yes, this is a free country and we have freedom of the press, but the lack of respect for the victims and their families is not appreciated.
I suppose there may be a time and place for crass or crude humor (perhaps in the dark corners of one’s mind or in private conversation) but to devote so much prime newsprint to ridiculous musings is irresponsible. I can only conclude that Mr. Stanhope had writer’s block and was grasping for subject matter. Or is the newspaper going for shock value and looking for reactions like mine?
Mr. Stanhope and the editor might not have been so insensitive if they had a friend or loved one on board flight 370. Very poor judgment was used in publishing this sad effort at levity. This kind of commentary gives the United States a poor reputation and justifies an “ugly American” mindset about us.
Everyone makes mistakes. With this in mind, I will continue to read the Daily Republic and Brad Stanhope’s column, but with reservation. I have yet to determine whether to continue my subscription.
Barbara K. Hughes