As Memorial Day approaches, I feel I must speak out in disgust with the way Army personnel are depicted regularly in the "comic" strip "Beetle Bailey." We know that humor can be found in the day-to-day routines of any occupation, but Mort Walker's depiction of life at Beetle's Army base is, in my opinion, demeaning to those who voluntarily devote their lives to the defense of all of us.
The story lines are more like those of kids away at camp -- hiding from Sarge to avoid doing work, getting lost on a hike, sneaking a nap, etc. The first mention of the war came on May 22, with the general planning a garage sale of supposedly now unneeded tanks. Then, on May 23 came the depiction of a soldier not knowing how to place a shell in a tank gun. As the wife of an Army vet, I find this insulting, not only to Army personnel but to all servicemen and -women and their families. I wonder if Mort Walker was ever in the service.
I hope I'm not the only person who feels that he continually demeans the skills, intelligence and talents of those who serve our country.
MARTHA C. SHANLEY