- - Monday, August 4, 2014

While I don’t like seeing Americans detained abroad, it’s hard to feel much sympathy for those stupid enough to travel to North Korea on quixotic escapades only to become pawns of a psychotic, communist cabal (“2 Americans detained in North Korea seek U.S. help,” Web, Aug. 1).

Private travel to North Korea should be banned outright, and Americans should be warned that such travel will be at their own risk and consequences. It’s contemptible enough seeing prima donnas endanger themselves on dangerous excursions, but to expect rescue at our country’s expense is particularly galling.

D.A. SAMS

West Jefferson, Ohio