Kurt Francom should be thankful for his freedom to be a punk


This morning, I looked at The Chronicle and saw the editorial cartoon (July 3) by?whatever his or her name is, mocking Rep. John Murtha-a decorated combat veteran-and thought, “is this a great country or what?”

Because of the First Amendment, some chickenhawk punk kid, who has likely never served outside the Cub Scouts and probably still lives in his parents’ basement, is allowed to parrot GOP/Fox News talking points, and ridicule someone like Rep. Murtha-who has put his life on the line for his country in an actual war, won a bronze star for valor, been wounded twice in combat and been elected by the people of his district to the U.S. Congress for the past three decades.

I think it’s great that Rep. Murtha’s service provides such fodder for Mr./Ms. FranCom, or whatever the name is. After all, there really aren’t that many people who’ve actually served their country-as opposed to feeding at the public trough-on the Republican side of the aisle.

Roy Dale Webb