Journal of the San Juan Islands


Message emerges through eye of the beholder | Letters

August 8, 2014 · 12:52 PM

Dems 'demonized' by depiction; apology owed

I was disturbed to view the cartoon on the Opinion page of the August 6 Journal depicting the "San Juan  Dems" as....how can I describe it?... an avenging donkey on the warpath.

This cartoon crosses a line of good taste and demonstrates a partisanship that is inappropriate for a community newspaper. I believe the Journal should not allow a cartoonist in its employ to promote extreme partisanship, demonizing a political party that has widespread support in the community it serves.

Indeed "San Juan Dems" are the majority party on San Juan Island if the results of state and national elections are any indication.

Instead, I encourage the Journal to reexamine its editorial policies so that it encourages respect among differing points of view. We may disagree on issues in this community from time to time, but we should agree to treat each other with more respect than is shown in this cartoon.

An apology to "San Juan Dems" is also needed.

Rita Weisbrod/San Juan Island

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Cartoon captures irony of support for 'do-nothing' incumbent

San Juan Dems beating themselves over the head (cartoon of Aug. 6) really catches the irony of the heavy vote for our do-nothing incumbent Rick Larsen.

Challenger Mike Lapointe agrees with the Democratic Party Platform; he opposes the Cherry Point coal terminal and Navy Growlers, while promoting jobs in Green Energy and phasing out fossil fuels. Wake up, Democrats.

Joyce Harrell/Friday Harbor

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