Thursday, October 10, 2019

Michigan Autumn - When the Leaves Turn and the Politicians Turn on Each Other

Crain's Detroit Business, October 7
One of the best things about living in Michigan is the changing of the seasons, and we can always be sure that as the leaves turn in autumn, our politicians will turn on each other in budget season.
That's the Point!

Thursday, October 3, 2019

A Little Less Pumpkin Spice (Yay!)

The News-Herald, October 2
With Michigan's ban on flavored vapes taking effect at the start of autumn, at least we're spared a little bit of pumpkin spice in the air!
That's the Point!

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Cartoon of the Week: 'Tasteless' Vaping

Crain's Detroit Business - September 9
We've legalized marijuana, but now banned flavored vaping. It's important to protect the health of minors - I'm a father and grandfather, so that's my concern as well. But I wonder if tighter enforcement might have been the answer. Don't come after my maple flavored Crown Royal!
That's the Point!

Monday, August 5, 2019

Cartoon of the Day: It's Complicated

The Daily Tribune - May 8, 1984
With the passing of L. Brooks Patterson, the longest-serving Oakland County Executive, many people in the metro area are thinking about his complicated legacy. A champion of Oakland County and proud of the team of professionals he recruited who guided the county to financial stability and growth, he was a controversial - often divisive - figure as well. My relationship with him was complicated too. Beginning in May of 1984, he never hesitated to let me know if he disagreed with one of my editorial cartoons. He never complained about them - he just let me know I was wrong.

That said, he also appreciated the role of editorial cartoonists - he even had a couple of my originals; and I was always happy to support The Rainbow Connection, the children's charity he founded in 1985.

And it gets more complicated. As a corporate communications director for Tier 1 automotive suppliers from the late 1990s until 2017, I worked closely with him and his team on economic development and international business issues in Oakland County. He was a sincere and enthusiastic supporter of Oakland County businesses.

L. Brooks Patterson was one of a kind - and that certainly means different things to different people. One thing's for sure - it's going to be different without him. Especially for one local editorial cartoonist.
That's the Point!

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Cartoon of the Week: Powerless!

Crain's Detroit Business - July 29
Summer in metro Detroit has its seasonal challenges - humidity, thunderstorms, the occasional threat of a tornado and ever mosquitos on warm summer nights. But, no matter what Mother Nature throws at us at this time of year, the most frustrating seasonal challenge (especially when it threatens the food in your refrigerator/freezer and means sleeping without air conditioning) is being powerless. No "juice," gone dark. Sometimes it's understandable - high wind, a down tree … sometimes, however, it's unexpected and - apparently to us - inexplicable. And, when we can't get accurate information about when it might be restored … well, that brings me back to being "powerless!"
That's the Point!

Monday, July 8, 2019

Freedom: A Gift and a Responsibility

The News-Herald, July 3
The freedom that is the cornerstone of our independence is both a gift and a responsibility. It is a gift from the founders of the United States of America and all those throughout the centuries who have nurtured and defended it. It is a responsibility that we all have to nurture and defend, and to pass on to generations to come.
That's the Point!

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Cartoon of the Week: Got You Covered (?)

Crain's Detroit Business - June 10
In Michigan, we all know that auto insurance is expensive - too expensive. We also know there's a lot of debate regarding levels of coverage, "regional" pricing and related issues. Well, thanks to the bipartisan hard work of our legislators, all that was fixed with the recently passed auto insurance reform legislation. Now, premiums will go down, and we're still covered! Uh … right?
That's the Point!

Off the Drawing Board: This week's cartoon was a true collaborative effort with my CDB editor, Mike Lee. From these two original concept drawings, I took elements that became a much more effective presentation of the issue. The "hanging in the air" visual reinforces the uncertainty regarding this reform package; and the edited secondary gag more effectively supports the punch line.