Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Today's Cartoon: Back to Normal, Whatever It Is

The News-Herald, January 2
The new year really begins today, right? You can't count a national holiday, when everyone's recovering from New Years Eve celebrations and watching meaningless college bowl games as day one. So - today we're back to normal. Wall Street is holding its breath, the president has unleashed another Twitter storm and here in metro Detroit, auto workers and newspaper staff members are awaiting word on layoffs. Normal has gotten more stressful than the holidays!
That's the Point!

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Happy New Year! Here we go again, for the 31st year ...

The News-Herald, December 30
Early deadlines - especially over the holidays - are a fact of life in the newspaper business, so my "first" cartoon of 2019 is dated 2018. Nonetheless, the best wishes for a Happy New Year are timely. This cartoon closed my official celebration of 30 years of editorial cartooning for The News-Herald. It was fun looking back, but tomorrow it's back to the drawing board. There's a 31st year to begin!
That's the Point!

Monday, December 31, 2018

2018 Top 5 Topics: #1 - One (Legal) Toke Over the Line

Crain's Detroit Business, December 3
I didn't have to reach far back for my #1 cartoon of 2018 - only to the December 3 edition of Crain's Detroit Business. When Michigan voters OK'd recreational marijuana in the November mid-term election, it was a cultural milestone for many of us early 1970s college students. Those who are so inclined may now take that one toke over the line legally, at a yet to be established retail price - and including, of course, state sales tax.
That's the Point!

Sunday, December 30, 2018

2018 Top 5 Topics - #2: The Fourth "R" - Readiness

The News-Herald - April 4
Even our elementary schools feel the negative pressures of our current society and culture. Today's students (the generation of our grandchildren) experience active shooter lockdown drills and evacuation drills, in response to social media threats. These threats, it seems, are more personal and terrifying than the threat of nuclear war that motived our duck-and-cover drills in elementary school in the early 1960s.
That's the Point!

Saturday, December 29, 2018

2018 Top 5 Topics - #3 A New Battle for Rosie?

Crain's Detroit Business, April 9
With hints of coming tariffs and a looming trade war in the spring, many in manufacturing - especially those in SE Michigan - pondered if this was the sort of war we could win. As the year closes, collateral damage from this war seems to be minimal and the president is hinting that a deal with China is near. As wars tend to do, it's spilling over into another year and perhaps in 2019 we'll see moves toward "trade peace?"
That's the Point!

Friday, December 28, 2018

2018 Top 5 Topics: #4 - All On Board With This

Crain's Detroit Business - March 26
When Ford first announced plans to acquire and renovate the old Michigan Central Station in Detroit, everyone was "on board." While details (that we now know) were still to be revealed, it meant that other businesses - and the related redevelopment - would also soon be making tracks for Cork Town.
That's the Point

Thursday, December 27, 2018

2018 Top 5 Topics - #5: Void Where Prohibited

A look back at the Top 5 Topics of my editorial cartoons from 2018
The News-Herald, January 28
Immigration was an important national issue in 2018, but the humanity (or inhumanity) of the issue had an impact in everyone's back yard. As a first generation American, whose mother and father were immigrants (with my grandparents) from Lithuania and Syria respectively, I grew up with an understanding of the richness and diversity that immigrants bring to America's culture. It's sad to see how this had changed under the current administration; and sobering to realize that my paternal grandparents wouldn't even be welcome in this country anymore.
That's the Point!