Friday, April 30, 2010
Looks like my cartoon about the passage of national healthcare has stirred up a great deal of discussion in Northern Virginia. For three weeks after the publication of the cartoon to the left, The Purcellville Gazette has featured discussion about my little drawing. An opponent of the cartoon even went so far as to demand that I be removed from publication because, apparently, my opinions don't match up with what he sees as the opinions of 'modern Virginia' (i.e. I need to shut up because I don't agree with him).
Expressing any sort of political opinion these days seems to result in a greater-than-usual backlash of anger from those that might disagree. I suppose that's just a sign of our turbulent political times. I certainly have received my fair share of 'hate mail' in the past several years for my opinions expressed through my cartoons. I count these letters as a positive. Disagreement and discussion is, hopefully, an indicator that substantive ideas are being analyzed. In a free society, it is absolutely essential that all opinions and points of view have the freedom to be expressed and discussed. That's one of the most sacred duties of the public forum that is available on the editorial pages of our many small-town newspapers. Many thanks to all of our local newspapers for fulfilling this function.
And many thanks to the Purcellville Gazette for publishing their kind editorial in the exchange posted below. Let the discussion continue!
6 - April - "Get A Real Cartoonist"
I hate to be the one to tell you this but you really need to replace your cartoonist. His drafting skills are pathetic. A case in point is the cartoon in the March 26th edition of the Gazette. While he did a passable job of illustrating the thugs, morons and bullies that hurled racial epithets at members of the Congressional Black Caucus and bricks at the windows of other congressmen. He failed miserably to show us the millions of jubilant Virginians who gave President Barack Obama all of our electoral votes so that he could deliver on the century old promise of health care reform.
Find yourself a new cartoonist, someone who represents modern Virginia.
David Sheckler Round Hill
13 - April - "Don’t Pick on our Cartoonist!"
Regarding David Sheckler’s letter of April 2. May I suggest to Mr. Sheckler that he consult the cartoon pages of the Washington Post if he likes the views of the “millions of jubilant Virginians who voted for President Barack Obama ....”.
Mr. Sheckler is like most liberals---not content to allow another point of view to be expressed without going berserk.
I, along with most other modern Virginians who read the Purcellville Gazette, LOVE your cartoonist. Keep up the good work, Mr. Lansing!
Virginia Trapp Leesburg
20 - April - Editorial - "A Cartoonist for the Masses"
With all the concern over our cartoonist, Ben Lansing, in recent weeks, we thought we would share with you a little information about Lansing and his talents. While some will say he may be one sided or perhaps “too harsh”, that is not what other professionals and the general public are saying. In fact, support for Lansing is growing.
Ben Lansing’s work is currently featured at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. and his cartoon related to the Virginia Tech massacre went viral just days after being published in the Purcellville Gazette. T-Shirts, books, and blog sites around the world now feature his work.
Just recently, the Virginia Press Association awarded Lansing with a 2009 First Place for Illustrations in a Non-Daily Newspaper....his fourth consecutive win. Are we happy with Ben Lansing as our cartoonist, you bet! In fact, he also was nominated in 2008 for a Pulitzer Prize by the Freedom Forum. Based on their review process, his peers believe that he is not only a great artist, but his cartoons contain deep thought provoking issues, issues that need to be talked about, discussed and openly debated. Lansing is now releasing a book of all his drawings from 2005-2009. All of these cartoons were featured in the Purcellville Gazette and can be found online in our archives.
So next time you see our editorial cartoon of the week and get upset or laugh, remember, he is doing his job and that is to make you think about the subject matter.
Congratulations Ben and keep’em coming!
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