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Your Opinion: Editorial cartoon denigrates beliefs

Your Opinion: Editorial cartoon denigrates beliefs

April 11th, 2012 by Richard Telthorst, Jefferson City in News

Dear Editor:

Will somebody sit down with Jim Dyke and explain the difference between a thoughtful editorial cartoon that comments on public issues and one that needlessly denigrates the belief system of many of the Tribune's readers?

His recent cartoon comparing the resurrection of Jesus to increasing gasoline prices was one of the most egregious examples I have seen of someone who just doesn't understand the values of the community. And of course, it was published on Good Friday, what better day to make some crass connection between the core message of Christianity and the price of gasoline at the pump.

A community newspaper should respect, or at least be aware of, the values held by its readers. And if an editorial cartoonist doesn't understand this concept, an editor should take the pen out of his hand and send him back to the drawing board to try again.