‘Doonesbury’ on the Op-Ed page: Readers react
The decision by The Times to move this week's "Doonesbury" comic strip, which is taking on Texas' abortion law, to the Op-Ed page has prompted dozens of emails from readers, not to mention a Twitter campaign to restore the strip to the comics page.
Most readers said they appreciated that the strips weren't canceled, and many supported the move to the Op-Ed page, for a variety of reasons. Others saw no reason for the move. And a few made tongue-in-cheek suggestions of topics that could move to the comics page.
Here is a sampling of the response:
Congratulations to the L.A. Times for being so forward-thinking as to put this week's strips on the Op-Ed page. By running them in this section you are so brave considering the subject matter. You have performed a public service to ALL women, not to just those poor souls who must live in Texas. My hat is off to you guys. You make me proud!
--Selby Segall, Los Angeles
Thank you for not burying "Doonesbury," or worse censoring it this week. And a wise move to put it on the Op-Ed pages. Maybe a few folks that could benefit by the obvious might finally understand. But probably not.
--David Reid, Hollywood
Thank you, thank you for your article and for deciding to publish the "Doonesbury" strips regarding the Texas law affecting women. The Op-Ed section is an excellent place for this important subject. My husband and I support your decision.
--Anne-Marie Kaukonen, San Diego
I applaud the Times for publishing the "Doonesbury" comic strip. I did not see justified reasoning for moving it to the Op-Ed section, but thanks for bringing more attention to it. While you are moving information around based on the nature of their content, may I suggest you put the Republican platform in the comics?
--Karen Suarez, Monrovia
OK, so you move "Doonsebury" to Op-Ed from the comics -- so be it. Now move Goldberg from Op-Ed to the comics -- fair's fair.
--Norm Toback, Studio City
I was so pleased to see this cartoon strip in the Op-Ed pages, but my reason has nothing to do with its content. Unlike its regular home in the funnies, where the type is so microscopic that I can rarely make out the dialogue, at least in the Opinion pages, the text is readable. Oh, happy day!
--Todd Koerner, Hermosa Beach
I disagree with your decision to move this week's "Doonesbury" strips to the Op-Ed page. They should be on the front page of the paper!
--Mike Feinman, Costa Mesa
Odd that when "Doonesbury" took the late Saint Ronnie, Dubya and even Obama to task you did not put him on the Opinion pages, but you do it now as GOP governors want to take us back to the '50s with intrusions into women’s reproductive lives.
--Virgil Jose, Apple Valley
I'm writing to express my disgust with the L.A. Times' decision to run this week's "Doonesbury" on the Op-Ed page instead of in its regular spot on the comics page. My pre-teen and teen daughters read the comics daily, and I would rather have them be exposed to the intelligent, relevant satire of Garry Trudeau pertaining to real-life issues than say, the writhing pseudo-feminist characters of "9 Chickweed Lane."
--Mari Reynolds, Huntington Beach
Moving this week's "Doonesbury" off the comics page? Are the convictions of the fourth estate so weak so as to avoid even a hint of controversy? There was a time when provoking discussion was welcomed, and frankly, the "Doonesbury" strips are an excellent way to do that -- they're lightly provoking, but not so shocking that it's impossible to have a reasonable debate about them.
--Scott Frank, Los Angeles