Letters to the Editor

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Tag: doonesbury

March
13th

DOONESBURY: A little controversy can be a good thing

If you are opt out of publishing a Doonesbury segment or story line, at least respect your readers enough to note that you are substituting a meaningless panel that was published in the past. Admit to your act of censorship or give your readers the option of acting like adults. Do not hide the controversial panels and hope the brouhaha will disappear. The world is not a simple black-and-white place and a little controversy on the comics page can sometimes be a good thing.

One of my reasons for a News Tribune subscription is to get Doonesbury – all of

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March
12th

DOONESBURY: Hypocritical decision to pull strip

I am a devoted fan of Garry Trudeau’s “Doonesbury.” So, I am frustrated having to seek him out in your online pages.

I find your reasoning for excluding him from the “‘comic” page extremely hypocritical. The same people who might be offended by Trudeau’s satirical take on the Texas ultrasound controversy may be the ones trying to explain to their children his strips on PTSD, drug use in the military and Afghan warlords.

Either make room for uncensored “Doonesbury” on the editorial pages or, as The Seattle Times chose to do, give it a home in the national

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March
12th

DOONESBURY: Uncensored comic strip preferred

I see that this paper is one of the papers choosing to censor Doonesbury. I prefer to read Doonesbury as it was intended to be published, and not the backup strip being offered.

I will make my own decision if I want to read this particular series of Doonesbury or not.
I am not happy about this. What other editorial decisions are you making for me?

 

March
12th

DOONESBURY: Print readers aren’t sophisticated enough?

I appreciate that this morning’s paper alerted me to The News Tribune’s decision to not print publish the Doonesbury comics regarding abortion sonogram requirements. As a result I was able to enjoy the satirical content online as advertised.

However, I think your decision is a cowardly evasion of an issue that deserves exposure from all perspectives, include the satire of the comics page. Further, to put the strip online but not in print smacks of elitist thinking.

To wit: If you are sophisticated enough to look online, you can be trusted to handle the issue without adverse reaction (e.g.,

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Feb.
14th

GUNS: Firearms prevent millions of crimes

The Sunday Doonesbury cartoon (propaganda) was somewhat incomplete. Indeed, over a nine-year period, 270,000 Americans died from firearms use. Sounds terrible, doesn’t it? Until, that is, you consider that over the same time frame, 22.5 million crimes were averted through the use of civilian-owned firearms, most without death or injury to anyone.

The above defensive-use statistic comes from the most thorough (and un-biased) such study, done by criminologist Dr. Gary Kleck. Thirteen other studies show similar ratios of defensive usage to criminal/suicide/accident usage. A couple of other studies show lower numbers, but these are seriously flawed. Nonetheless, they are the

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