Bill Wallace: If I were a cartoonist

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Golly, I wish I were a political cartoonist for the Steamboat Pilot & Today. What a life!

I could morph important local issues into simplistic caricatures, distorting the facts or leaving out important elements as it suits me. After all, why would I want a reason to mess up my cutsie drawings?

Take, for example, the recent cartoon showing a bunch of eagles carping about the Ed MacArthur property on U.S. Highway 40 (Sunday, March 27, page 4A). Would I want to show that the Colorado DOW representative depicted MacArthur's proposed redevelopment plan was very protective of local wildlife? Heck no. Would I want to sketch in the proposed Lafarge gravel pit and industrial operation that will sit at the foot of Rabbit Ears Pass if projects such as MacArthur's are turned down? No way. Would I want to contrast MacArthur's extensive contributions to the community against Lafarge's net zero? Don't be silly.

Would I want to portray the city's and county's perennial hissy fit about McArthur's piles of gravel as nonproductive? You've got to be kidding.

Bill Wallace

Steamboat Springs

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