William A. Adams
Be Like Me
This is a classic case of someone who is not comfortable with the fact that people are different than them (Letters to the Editor, December 23).
What’s Six Years?
This is in regard to The Honeymooners, Jackie Gleason and Audrey Meadows (Letters to the Editor, Website Comments, December 23). There was a six-year difference in their ages. Jackie Gleason was born on February 26, 1916, in Brooklyn. Audrey Meadows was born on February 8, 1922, in China. This was not an old-man, young-chick series on television. Six years is not a long time between a man and a woman.
I’m calling regarding the Neil Obermeyer comic strip (December 23). There’s a white family, a father and mother and daughter. It goes, “Look outside, dear! It’s the white Christmas we’ve always dreamed of!” and then it cuts to the next segment, and it goes, “New census figures show increasing segregation among white and Hispanic neighborhoods!” Then it goes, “God bless us every one!” with the little people raising their hands and all, whoopee. And that’s a pretty racist statement. And I’m kind of sick of people constantly, constantly implying that all white people are racist, all white people are racist, racist white people. I’m really getting sick of it. If the Mexicans are segregating from whites, that’s kind of their own choice, and they have the right to do that. My girlfriend is from Mexico.
You know, there are a lot of racist white people, but there’s a lot of racist blacks, a lot of racist Mexicans, a lot of racist Asians, and I’m just getting sick of this “the only racist people out there are white.” If the Mexicans want to segregate themselves and congregate by themselves, that’s their thing.
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Sheep? Dog? Cell Phone? Pickle?
I have a question about a cartoon that appeared on page 125 by P.S. Mueller. I can’t figure out this crazy cartoon. The cartoon is captioned “Timmy’s Last Text” (December 23). There’s some sort of an animal, I don’t know, it has legs like a sheep, but it has a head and a tail like some sort of dog like an Afghan hound, and it’s looking at probably what is some kind of a gadget — cell phone or who knows what — lying in the grass. And then there’s some object to the right of the cartoon half buried in the grass. It looks like a pickle crock with the lid missing. What’s the point of this cartoon? I don’t understand it.
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Timmy fell down a well because he was too busy texting on his cell phone. The comic is a takeoff on a TV program titled Lassie (1954–1973), in which a collie named Lassie habitually rescues a boy named Timmy.— Editor