It's not guesswork! The process, done correctly, involves research and thoughtful consideration. It demands a careful examination of records and it takes a little bit of faith. Preparation for Election Day next week? If only. Sadly, people prepare more carefully for their Fantasy Football lineups than they do for elections - especially local elections, like those coming next week. Don't leave the direction of your community over the next two to four years to chance. Do some research and cast an informed vote. The people you elect are the lineup that will have a greater and more lasting impact on you and your family than who you play at QB or wide receiver next week. That's the Point!
The Royal Oak Historical Society has honored me by adding a feature to the ROHS quarterly member newsletter titled "The Cartoon Vault." The Vault runs selected editorial cartoons of mine from The Daily Tribune dating back 25-30 years. I thought this one (from "only" 23 years ago) was particularly timely, with former President Carter's recent offer to travel to North Korea to begin a rational dialogue rather than escalate the Twitter War.
A reminder, just in case you don't remember this local issue from 1994:Former
President Jimmy Carter had firmly established his post-presidency legacy as a
global mediator and peace maker. In this cartoon, I wondered if his expertise might have been able to bring peace to
the dispute over parking in downtown Royal Oak – the cost, limited availability and strict (some
would say over the top) enforcement. Well, Mr. Carter
never came to Royal Oak, and 23 years later, the debate continues. I want to thank the ROHS for opening the Vault and sharing these cartoon memories with its members. Additionally, I want to thank State Representative Jim Ellison and Jodie Ellison for making the winning bid on this original during the silent auction at the ROHS Annual Dinner Gala on October 20. The ROHS appreciates your support, and I'm flattered that you wanted it! And, while I'm thanking people, I want to thank all my colleagues from those wonderful years at The Daily Tribune - the reporters, whose stories inspired me and the editors who helped me refine my work. I love you all, and I loved that time together. That's the Point!
Responsible pet ownership, of course, means making sure that every pet is wanted and that the community doesn't face the problem of countless unwanted - and often homeless - dogs and cats. Downriver's PAWS Clinic does wonderful work, and thanks to a recent grant from the Petco Foundation, is able to do even more. That said, I couldn't resist a tongue-in-cheek comment from a feline patient. Here's a new twist to the old saying, "if it ain't broke, it's still responsible to fix it!" That's the Point!
Auto insurance "policy" within Detroit seems to be pricing coverage beyond the means of most people to pay. With Detroit rebounding, led by the growth of good jobs and affordable housing, the cost of auto insurance is becoming a prohibitive expense. That's the Point!
Off the Drawing Board: In addition to the idea that was refined and finished, I considered a direction that was based on a parody of a popular and long-running series of auto insurance TV commercials.
And that's the problem! Most of us don't take the theme of Earth Day seriously, and of those who do, many make it only a once-a-year observance. We should be celebrating our stewardship of the planet Earth every day - every day is Earth Day! That's the Point!
I drew this for my Downriver readers, but it's true throughout the metro Detroit area. From day-to-day, we're not sure "weather" it's winter, spring or fall. Sometimes, it's all three! That's the Point!