Well, it's a humor strip, so my first responsibility has always been to entertain the reader... But if, in addition, I can help move readers to thought and judgment about issues that concern me, so much the better.
I don't think so, but it's always in the back of my mind that many of the soldiers being wounded and killed in Iraq are about the same age as my kids. My godson is going over soon, so the war's about to get personal for me.
I regularly give out my contact info to soldiers, but I only occasionally get updates from soldiers after they leave WRAMC, understandably.
second-guessing editors. They're obliged to be responsive to their individual communities, and I'm not the one who has to deal directly with reader blow-back.
Lives have been altered in fundamental ways, and later, after they acquire a more complete understanding of what goals are actually attainable, many are left facing a lot of pain and frustration. And yet, there's no culture of complaint.
And since the stench of death will always attract flies and vermin, the arrival of Geraldo was perhaps inevitable.
There are so many ways to get it wrong, ... They figured, correctly, I could use all the help I could get.
In any event, it's not exactly a secret to regular readers what my views on the war are.
Editors finally began to understand that the audience was largely self-selecting, and that the readers the feature attracted were unlikely to be offended.
It was at a time when U.S. troops were taking heavy casualties, and I wanted the strip to reflect the sacrifices that our countrymen were making.
That's for the readers to adjudge, but I will say that in general public commentators have nowhere near the clout that we enjoyed 35 years ago, the age of four TV channels and no Internet, ... As far as I'm concerned, it's all good. You can't have too man
I try to take people one at a time, with all the contradictions and compromises that most of us live with.
Those were very self-serious times, ... The end of the Vietnam War changed all that. The nation exhaled, Saturday Night Live' hit big, and satire really took off.
Life is like a movie-since there aren't any commercial breaks, you have to get up and go to the bathroom in the middle of it.
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