Priggee's Fathers Day Controversy
Our own Milt Priggee drew this powerful anti-war cartoon
for Fathers Day ...
This cartoon was not well received by Milt's readers. I've posted
some excerpts from Priggee's mailbox and some of Milt's replies.
The cartoon has been a hot subject of conversation on the cartoonist
On 6/12/08 7:34 AM, "Mettlen, William
O SPC DENTAC-Ft Hood" wrote:
Sir let me say that I am all about freedom
of the press and freedom of speech, but the cartoon where you
depict a U.S solider in Iraq with a letter that states we love
you dad along with the soldiers head half blown off and what looks
like part of a leg that is missing to be very careless. You will
never know how many soldiers use these cartoons to lift their
spirits every day. We love to laugh and they really do bring our
spirits up. But this particular cartoon was not received very
well by many soldiers. It will bring up bad memories for soldiers
who have been in Iraq and other countries. You could have brought
your point across by being just a little more subtle. We will
continue to read your cartoon but I feel that we should receive
some sort of an apology for this particular cartoon.
My name id Spc. William o Mettlen and my
cell# (XXX) XXX-XXXX, call anytime.
Thank You for writing and sharing your
views about my Father's Day cartoon.
This cartoon was not drawn to lift any
spirits but to show the public how and what military families
have to deal with. This cartoon was drawn to make people mad,
mad enough to demand some accountability from their elected officials
for not supporting our fellow citizens who volunteered to protect
I will apologize for my cartoon as soon
as President Bush apologizes for needlessly sacrificing the lives
of our soldiers and reunites them with their families.
We'll have to agree to disagree about
subtleness because I don't believe war is subtle. Again, Thank
You for writing and THANK YOU for serving.
The BEST to you and yours,
On 6/10/08 12:44 PM, "Andrew Altman"
You have had plenty of opportunity to knock
the war. This is just indecent.
THANK YOU for writing and sharing your
views. I'll share your views with the kids who have lost a parent.
On 6/11/08 10:33 AM, "Vernon Miller"
That was a terrible cartoon of Bush on Fathers
Day. Can't you get off his back at least on that day. What about
the men and women that have died so you can be free to disrespect
them on Fathers Day.
Shame on you.
From: Joseph Thinn
Subject: Father's day
You're sick, Priggie:
I'm going to do my level best to forgive
you and pray that you get some professional help. If needs be,
I'd be willing to pay for it if you can't afford it. Let me know.
I can afford to pay for about 4 hours of help for you.
Really: get some psychiatric help. You need