Cartoon abuses liberals

Letter to the editor

Posted: Sunday, July 18, 2004

I find your political cartoon (July 14) to be highly abusive, and reminiscent of the "good ole days," when we labeled people as "pinkos." How would this cartoon be received if you substituted the figure with a black man? I am a liberal Democrat and proud of it. My forebears had to battle coal mine owners, who set up Gatling guns to prevent union organizing. My forebears were also forced to go to the Supreme Court, so that their wages would be paid in U.S. money, instead of scrip, which was only valid at the general store owned by their employers. I'm tired of having liberal turned into a dirty word. It certainly isn't acceptable to hold other races or religions up to this sort of ridicule.

Renate Riffe


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