Letter to the Editor

Unfunny editorial cartoons

To the editor: I have been a subscriber to the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner for about 40 years. During that time I’ve always enjoyed the editorial page(s). The quality of most letters to the editor demonstrate that we have a discerning and literate community, well-spoken, and articulate, and the editorial page should feed that community.

My complaint today though is about the quality of your editorial cartoons. I don’t know how you select the offerings you give us, but I find your choice of editorial cartoons appallingly bad. They are hardly ever funny, and often they seem chosen to be mean, venal and degrading. Certainly they don’t serve a useful educational service as regularly as they could and should.

I subscribe to another magazine monthly called “Funny Times.” It carries a wide selection of cartoons, some of the best for each month from the whole country, and includes many editorial cartoons. At least a few of those every month are really witty, clever works of art and are worthy of our News-Miner readership. Yet I don’t see that same level of quality and humor in your editorial cartoons. They just are sad, often dumb and hardly ever witty and funny. Good, clever and well-executed editorial cartoons are out there and would be a huge lift for your editorial page.

You are our only paper, and consequently our only source of editorial cartoons for the newspaper community. I do wish you’d stop selecting from the bottom of the heap and get a little better at giving us what we deserve and need. I’m asking you to help us all to become more aware and to poke righteous fun at some of the political folly that we experience and raise the level of discourse on the editorial page. The Fairbanks community, as I’ve said in past letters to the editor, is a bright, discerning community that deserves better, and you are one of our best sources. Be all you can be for us.

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