Disappointed in Cartoon

Dear Kokomo Perspective Editor,

I was disappointed with your decision to run the ‘Kokomo Dog Days’ cartoon in your publication on August 14th. Sterling Clark’s cartoon was inappropriate and I found it to be offensive. The only two things that it got right were:

1.    It correctly depicted that Abbie Smith is above the political fray of mudslinging and politics-as-usual that seems to consume today’s political discourse. A quick review of Abbie’s leadership record is indicative that Abbie consistently takes the high road. Rather than waste time on this type of useless gossip, Abbie puts the interests of the most vulnerable in our community above her own. This is exactly the type of Mayor I want, and one reason I plan to vote for her on November 5th.

2.    If we must dehumanize Abbie and depict her as an animal, Mr. Clark was spot on to depict Abbie as a poodle. Poodles are among the most intelligent of dog breeds. Poodles are fiercely protective when it counts and choose their battles wisely, rather than react to any and every skirmish. Again, another reason why Abbie has the forward-facing leadership qualities that Kokomo needs to serve our community as the next Mayor.

I hope that in the future, you are more selective of the content of the cartoons that you choose to publish. I expect more from this publication. 

Leslie Fatum

Howard County Councilwoman

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