Among the many artfully decorated tugboat models in downtown Huntington is one refitted with wings and painted in the likeness of the Enola Gay, the airplane that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, on Aug. 6, 1945. The appropriateness of such an item of public artwork drew more than 200 responses on The Herald-Dispatch's Facebook page, including some that suggest people are overlooking the artists' real intent. A sample of their comments follows.

Danny Lykins: "United states of the offended, if you don't like it, don't look at it. Everyone wants to protest or have a parade. Live your life and quit ruining everyone else's."

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Deborah Bauer: "That bomb may have killed thousands, but it also saved hundreds of thousands of lives. I don't see a thing wrong with naming it Enola Gay."

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Jacob Lambert: "Is no one going to mention the South Park reference in the cockpit of the boat plane?"

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Thomas True: "Hey, I've got a great idea! Let's create artwork that glorifies the killing of over a hundred thousand men, women, and children! It's for a hospital! And for an extra touch of class, we'll slap on a picture of a sexy woman who's riding a...um...um"

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Jeffrey Cavender: "I would like to hear from the artist. The plane is depicted as being flown by a killer whale and a porpoise. There are bombs under each wing. What was the artist intent with this piece?"

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Suzanne Strait Jeffrey Cavender: "Yes I found the cuteness in the cockpit totally took away any historical education it might have and just found it as an offensive way to celebrate the killing of thousands of citizens including children"

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Ben Wilhelm: "Jeffrey Cavender no deeper meaning to the porpoise and whale. It was from an episode of South Park, where the US doctors a video to show a dolphin and whale flying the Enola Gay to shift blame away from themselves. So much for it being about history!"

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Matt Rowe: "What's next? A slaveship tugboat? We can be proud Americans while still recognizing the horror and violence America has wrought on the world in the name of 'freedom.'"

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Gene Eastham: "We need to remember history lest we repeat it. This is not one of our proudest moments in history. Millions of innocent people were murdered by the USA. Some younger people don't even know. Art is supposed to provoke a response. Some people are just more sensitive."

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Larry Wayne Johnson: "The last Hoops project was a train theme. A very well trained (BFA from MU) and talented young lady chose to feature Huntington historically life's blood as her theme, steel and coal. I was surprised by the criticism she receive for the perceived support for those 'dirty' industries. Too bad all the snow flakes cannot just enjoy the art for art's sake."

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Paul Belisle: "Looks more like P-51 to me. 'Enola Gay' was a B-29. I think the REAL crime is the interpretation of Paul Tibbets's mother, (if this is indeed meant to be Enola Gay), straddling an anti-tank missile. Regardless, the creativity is commendable. If you don't like it, then don't look at it."

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Richard Eichberger: In reality, the dropping of the bombs (also at Nagasaki) saved millions of lives. As others have stated, we didn't start the fight but we finished it. Although thousands died, it could have it been much worse had we not had the intestinal fortitude to drop that bomb. God forbid a nation ever has to make that decision again."

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