Comparison of Bulger, Summers was insensitive, not clever

Your sensitive assessment of the legacy of Whitey Bulger in your lead editorial Aug. 18 suggested that we “acknowledge his irrelevance to the Boston of today [and] forget about him” (“As book closes on Bulger, time for a new story”).

This message was undercut by Dan Wasserman’s cartoon next to it (“Wise guys in the news”), a side-by-side comparison of Bulger and Lawrence Summers. It was insensitive, not funny or clever. It exalted Bulger and defamed Summers.

I was embarrassed for the Globe, and the Globe should be ashamed. You owe an apology to Summers and to your readers.

David Matlack

Southwest Harbor, Maine