Frankly, I find this cartoon snafu darkly funny. The humorless are killing each other over cartoons. There has to be some irony there.

It amazes me that people think there is some right not to be offended. If you don't like what is in a book, don't read it. If you don't like what's on TV, don't watch it. If you don't like a cartoon, don't buy the newspaper which prints it. Vote with your feet. But for goodness sake, don't try to prevent others from seeing the funny stuff.

The humorless have no way of fighting what the cartoons say, so they try to get them squelched. It happens all the time in this country, too.

Publish it all, I say!

Our journalism today is too serious, too tame. We have no H. L. Mencken knocking down the pretentions of the humorless, whether they be left-wing utopians or right-wing moralizers.

I don't watch much TV, but when ever I come across South Park, I find it wonderfully funny. It steps on everybody's toes equally. Fun stuff. But it ain't for everybody.

So, it makes me kind of sad to see newspapers tripping over themselves to find an excuse not to publish cartoons which offend the humorless. We should revel in our free speech! Irresponsible free speech is yelling "fire" in a crowded theater. Speech which merely offends is probably on to something.