There is no excuse for the comments made about a Miss America contestant who is a nurse by Joy Behar and Michelle Collins of "The View" ["'View' hosts apologize for nurse comments," News, Sept. 17]. Their apology to Kelley Johnson was even more offensive to nurses than the thoughtless remarks made during the show.

Nurses devote their lives to caring for the most vulnerable people, making sure that they are treated with dignity and respect. Clearly, the members of "The View" felt it was more important to ridicule the contestant than to actually listen to her amazing story of caring for a patient with Alzheimer's disease.

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Jennifer Bryer, Hewlett

Editor's note: The writer is a registered nurse.