The Times Picayune/NOLA.com Editorial Response:
To a law enforcement officer, Mr. Mike Luckovich's political editorial cartoon would be infuriating and inflammatory on any day of the week. During this time of natural disaster when law enforcement, firefighters, and other first responders are risking their own lives to save the lives of strangers, I find it especially appalling.
Many of our first responders have lost their own homes and all their possessions. Many have left their own families in order to provide help in places they've never been and help people that they've never met. Since last Friday, I have personally witnessed the human compassion of so many first responders exemplified in their actions and desire to assist regardless of race, creed or color of the flood's victims. That Mr. Luckovich would insult law officers and the intelligence of the public with his vile cartoon, especially at this time, is evidence that his intentions are only to agitate and not to facilitate intelligent discussion of any kind between anyone.
When I discovered that Mr. Luckovich is not even the editorial cartoonist for the Times Picayune but rather the Atlanta Constitution and that the cartoon was bought and paid for and then run by the editors of the TimesPicayune/NOLA.com I became even more infuriated. While NOLA Media Group President Tim Williamson claimed that "I care passionately about New Orleans", his oversight of his newspaper seems to suggest differently. Harry Truman said "The buck stops here." In this case, the buck stops with Mr. Williamson. I suggest that Mr. Williamson immediately address this publicly if he truly cares about his customers and the future of New Orleans as he claims. Divisive commentary like this serves only to keep our communities fragmented and contentious in a time where we need communication to be most effective. Its about time that NOLA.com become proactive to heal our wounds, not pick at the scabs.
Jay O'Quinn, President
Louisiana State Troopers Association