Letters, Sep. 12, 1960

The Plight of Pilot Powers

Sir:

I have no objection to a short prayer for Francis Powers, as some have suggested, but doesn't it seem more important for us to pray for a clearer national direction and a more genuine educational system, so that technicians like Powers might learn more than simply which buttons to push? All the tears, family sentimentality and public sympathy can't wash away the ''damned spot" of Powers' only apparent motive and interest: that $30,000.

The U-2 flight was no crime, but the education, mind and values of its pilot...

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