The July 24 letter by Steve Saffron (“Both sons were loved dearly”) is an affront to any civilized culture and a violation of decent comportment. All people know that it is shameful to speak ill of the dead. Not only does Mr. Saffron vilify the dead with accusations of which he has no personal knowledge, he cloaks his hateful diatribe in hypocrisy by claiming to be a parent. I am amazed that your paper chose to print this abomination. Apparently civility is not a requirement for your editors.