The opinion expressed in "Drop ‘Baldo’ comic strip" (letter, Jan. 12) is valid in terms of why "Baldo" shouldn’t have strips on delicate subjects such as immigration.
However, taking it as far as requesting to have the comic removed completely from Stars and Stripes is absurd, considering that some military personnel from all branches have become naturalized citizens while serving in the military, and among those who have claimed U.S. citizenship, a small portion at one point were illegal immigrants.
Among those who were "illegal" and who serve proudly in the U.S. military [are those who] have achieved senior ranks and a great deal of respect from superiors, peers and subordinates. So to some, the letter comes off as offensive and slightly racist toward Hispanics, including myself.
Bottom line, it’s a comic strip that helps pass the time and escape reality for about the 10 whole seconds it takes to read.
The letter writer should concentrate more on his airmen and their well-being and the mission instead of crying over a small comic strip.
To the writers of "Baldo," great job and keep up the good work. Your comic strip brings smiles to many faces.
Sgt. Abraham Romero-RoelCamp Arifjan, Kuwait