To the Editor:
Time for a change of pace from Lent and Easter. Besides the value of a print copy of the newspaper for news, I want to zero in on the comics page, but not just comics – there is a brain exercise called Jumble, and of course the famous, or better to say, infamous, NY Times crossword puzzle.
According to WorldBook, comic strips, as we know them, date back to 1895. Further, WB says: “Other popular comic strip characters of the early 1900s included Mutt and Jeff, Popeye, Krazy Kat and Little Orphan Annie.” Certainly, one or two of those you must have read, at least as a child.
I’ll mention only a few of our favorites. There is Classic Peanuts, of course. Amazing, isn’t it, that Dick Tracy is still in print. Dagwood still amuses me. Joyce and I both like For Better or Worse with Ruthie, but we gave it up when we dropped the Beacon. Pickles is often a pretty good chuckle. Dustin has a good variety of subject matter. There is Zits, with its teenage trauma, but it is often too realistic. Prickly City struggles with some of the real issues of the day. This past Sunday, Carmen says: “I think, therefore I am.” Winslow responds, with irony: “Then a lot of people aren’t these days…” Mutts, with the cat and dog, has a gentle humor: Today, the dog is sleeping on his bed; the cat comes and gives him a pat and the dog dreams of love. Cat walks away thinking: “dogs are so easy.” True, isn’t it?
I’ll close with the wisdom from a sermon: Our preacher observed that the “joke” about the camel passing through the eye of the needle is not about needles nor camels, but to poke fun at those in the establishment who think they are entitled to privilege. He pointed out that humor can help us see the contrast between the reality of what is and what we think it should be.
Rev. Bob Dell