September 9, 2013

Letters to the editor: Expanded comics pages have fans

It has been on my mind to write to you to let you know how much I have enjoyed the changes you have made to the comics section in the Maine Sunday Telegram, and Dahlov Ipcar's critical letter on those changes has actually prompted me to sit down and write ("Comics fan not laughing at Sunday section changes," Sept. 1).

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A character from “Shoe” takes part in a 2012 retrospective. Criticism of a decision to add this and other strips to the Sunday Telegram comics section led to a spirited defense of the strips.

“Shoe”/MacNelly/King Features

I must say, "Thank you!" for bringing back "The Wizard of Id" and "Shoe," two of my all-time favorite strips.

I also enjoy all of the other strips Ms. Ipcar dislikes -- "Frank and Ernest," "Hi and Lois" and "The Lockhorns."

"Close to Home" is also hilarious, but one does have to have a certain sense of humor to "get it."

I care not one whit how you fit everything in as long as everything is there, so the fact that some strips are smaller than others does not bother me in the least.

Complaints?

None really, except that I would love to see you bring back "Mother Goose and Grimm" and I could easily live without "Non Sequitur," "Adam at Home" and "Red and Rover." They aren't funny and are just plain dumb.

On the whole, though, your increased interest in the comics section has made your price increases and de-contenting of the last few years a little more palatable!

John Griffith

Norway

I must respond to Dahlov Ipcar's letter published Sept. 1.

I, too, have been reading the comics section all my life, and habitually read it over breakfast every morning. I have been doing so for probably the last 50 years.

Unlike Ms. Ipcar, I commend you for expanding the Sunday comics.

You are now publishing several of the strips I have enjoyed in other newspapers published where I have lived, including several I always enjoyed and have missed: e.g., "Shoe" (one of my favorites), "Wizard of Id," "Hi and Lois," "Hagar the Horrible," "Sally Forth" and "Frank and Ernest."

I hope you will not eliminate any of these new strips.

If anything has to go for space reasons, I nominate "Mark Trail," an entirely predictable and boring strip.

Warner W. Price

Harpswell

I couldn't disagree more with Dahlov Ipcar's comments in Sunday's paper.

The comics are important to me, too. (They're one of the reasons I subscribe to the newspaper!)

I love that "Shoe" (an old favorite) is included, and I like the addition of others.  

The only one I'd take out is "Get Fuzzy," which I'd also take out of the daily comics. After trying to connect with it (when you first included it), I've just stopped trying and don't look at it at all anymore.

So I think you're doing a great job with that.  

Ms. Ipcar maybe just doesn't like change.

Kathy Kolb

Yarmouth

Story scapegoats opioids in impaired-driving accidents

The wire service article "Drugs, driving: Prescription for danger" (Sept. 1) has the potential to mislead. 

Its implication is that people taking opioids for pain are dangerous while driving. While it does say other medications can be a problem (and leaves it at that), it cites a case where a driver "supposedly" ran a red light hitting a school bus and was killed. 

He had both a sedative (which would likely be the culprit to cause impairment) and an opioid on board. (I also say "supposedly" because the wife is suing as she claims it was the school bus that ran the red light. It does seem that what actually happened is unclear.) 

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