Several days ago, when I drew my annual Groundhog Day cartoon for The News-Herald, I joked about the coming snowfall (which hit us Monday) and bitter cold (which moved in last night). Now, in the midst of it, it's clear that it's SO cold, it's not funny! Be smart and careful if you must be outside. This is the coldest it's been in many of our lifetimes - dangerously cold. That's the Point!
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!
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!