Do you feel any sympathy for them?
Frank Rich wrote "In Defense of the 'Balloon Boy' Dad," which was published in the New York Times over the weekend. "As a freelance construction worker and handyman, he couldn't find much employment in an economy where construction is frozen and homeowners are more worried about losing their homes than fixing them," Rich wrote. "Once his appetite had been whetted by two histrionic appearances on 'Wife Swap,' an ABC reality program, it's easy to see why Heene would turn his life and that of his family into a nonstop audition for more turns in the big tent of the reality media circus."
And a mother and daughter in Fort Collins have distributed fliers asking residents to drop notes of compassion on the lawn of the family at the center of the balloon spectacle.
"They might have made a mistake, as we all have done and will continue to do," the daughter, Tamara Failla, said. "So rather than condemn, let's come together and raise this family up with our support. Let's remind them that they are not alone. We feel like it's perpetuating so much anger we wanted to turn it around and make people feel more positive; bring them together."
Do YOU have compassion for the Balloon Boy family?