I have to say I was taken aback by the advertisement on the back page of your March 16 issue of The Chronicle. For those who missed it, the portrayal of President Obama as a mob boss smoking a cigar surrounded by his cabinet members in a nightclub is in my opinion offensive. It would not be offensive if it was a political caricature or someone’s political opinion voiced in the paper, but to see it as a paid advertisement is regrettable and reprehensible. The advertisement by Young America’s Foundation also shows our country’s attorney general seated in the dark shadows of this government gang; a reprehensible image for the nation’s chief enforcement officer and undeserved! Free speech should not be hindered, but PAID speech is quite another thing. I cannot believe that The Chronicle is so hard up for cash that it would publish an advertisement of this type.
Paul Triulzi, Graduate Liberal Studies Program