The coarsening of America

Dozens of readers were horrified when The Patriot-News decided to run a front page picture of a man convicted on drug charges sticking up his middle finger at the camera. How do you justify running this picture where nearly every child at a breakfast table will see it? Executive Editor David Newhouse: "We believed that this photo powerfully drove home the true impact of drugs."So there you have it, kids, keep off the methamphetamine or you too might end up throwing the bird.