This is the time to drop the comic "Mallard Fillmore" altogether or make it available only on the Web site. Previously, I thought this comic was occasionally insightful, but now it appears to have become mostly mean-spirited, petty, and angry. Saturday's (Oct. 25) cartoon belittles people who choose to enter public service. Previous strips have mocked teachers, newspaper editors and many others who try to make the world a more informed, humane place to live. I haven't figured out what this author advocates - he seems to be more interested in wasting his "bully pulpit" on merely venting anger. Other comics, such as "Prickly City," "Non Sequitur" and "Doonesbury" also convey opinions, but without being vindictive or spiteful.
This newspaper has editorially supported a change in direction for the nation, including an effort to try to bridge the differences that were obvious in the recent election results. One way to heal some of the frustration on both sides would be to encourage a more civilized discourse. One way to start that healing would be to encourage public service, especially by younger generations, and stop the name-calling by getting rid of "Mallard Fillmore."