Jeff Stahler wasn’t funny

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The Jeff Stahler cartoon in today’s (Feb. 13) Journal is exceedingly offensive. Mr. Stahler owes an apology to the Wright Brothers family. Orville and Wilbur invented and built the world’s first successful airplane and made the first controlled, powered and sustained heavier-than-air human flight. According to Wikipedia, that happened on Dec. 17, 1903 and in the two years afterward, the brothers developed their flying machine into the first practical fixed-wing aircraft. The brothers’ fundamental breakthrough was their invention of three-axis control, which enabled the pilot to steer the aircraft effectively and to maintain its equilibrium. This method became standard and remains standard on fixed-wing aircraft today. There was no out-of-control drug scene back in those days and for this cartoonist, who has been in all kinds of legal troubles the past few years, to make this insinuation is scandalous. The AJ Editorial Staff should be more careful about such a subject. For Stahler to imply that these two brave men were high on drugs is an offense to anyone who has nothing but disdain for the worldwide abuse of hard drugs in 2012. There was absolutely no humor in this cartoon, only hurtful supposition. Dale Smith, Auburn