Saturday, January 31, 2004
I have studied the untitled three-part editorial cartoon in last Sunday's Pilot & Today (1/25/04) all this week, trying to decipher its meaning.
As best one can piece the three parts and the elapsed time together, the young skier came over the pass at about age 20. He then settled into the realities of life in a ski town for the next 10 years. Over the next 20 years, he developed the "close the gate after me" syndrome, became negative ("no" on his jacket) and rednecked (skull, scowl and blunderbuss etc.)
What is the cartoon's intended meaning? One could easily infer that it is a broad swipe at those of us who oppose runaway growth, excess summer tourism and events promotion, Chamber subsidies and ties to the City Council and are not shy about saying so.
As editor, you had to approve this cartoon. Now please explain its meaning to those of us too dumb or unimaginative to get its true meaning. Sunday's Pilot & Today will do nicely.
Perhaps this form of editorial -- which can be just as effective and hard-hitting as one in writing -- should also be vetted by your six-person Editorial Board? An "intellectually challenging and stimulating" review could avoid gaffes like this one.
Omar M. Campbell