I was appalled at the cartoon appearing on the Opinion/Viewpoint page of Sunday's Juneau Empire. Rarely has the Empire displayed such poor editorial judgment. Would you have ever run a cartoon of previous Interior Secretaries such as Stewart Udall, Cecil Andrus, James Watt, or Bruce Babbitt running naked in the wilderness? Of course not! To do so with a characterization of current Interior Secretary Gale Norton is not just discrimination based upon her gender - it is tasteless and totally unwarranted exploitation of her gender.
You and the editorial staff may be amused by the work of cartoonist Toe. I was not. You owe Secretary Norton a personal apology. Furthermore, you owe every Empire reader the assurance that you will diligently guard against such base and blatantly sexist material in future editorial and opinion features and cartoons.
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