Letter: Read the Funnies, People

To the Editor:

Each Sunday, I search first for the funnies, then set them aside in order to savor them after the essential task of reading the paper. When I was a little kid in the late 1940s, the best time of the day was when my dad would read us the funnies. That was Alley Oop, Red Ryder and The Littles, I think they were called. He had just returned from Germany and Gen. Patton and World War II. Now the funnies are both a connection between him, my wonderful dad, and today. Who can beat Doonesbury for political commentary? The Pearls Before Swine column, in which the cartoonist placed the names of all the little children killed in Newtown, Conn., in a beautiful starry sky, is still on my refrigerator. Baby Blues, For Better or for Worse and Zits are often cut out to share with my children, who now are surviving the hard work of raising children of their own. I don’t “get” Dilbert, but then I’m not a computer person. I know others who love him. I wish Sally Forth was in the daily paper. Oh well, you can’t have everything. Dagwood and Peanuts, Mutts and BC — they’re all special in their own way and I respect M a llard Fillmore as a balance to those who might dislike Doonesbury.

Read the comics, the funnies, people. They are a great way to balance the front page.

Jeanne Ward