To the editors:
I am in agreement with Mr. Phil Albee [Letters, September 15] concerning the President Bill strip. It is not a good addition, and even a suspicious one. Presumably political, it conveys what little message it has by the simplistic substitution of stereotyped left/progressive content into the form of the unfortunately all-too-real practices of the far-right wing. Drug camps are frightening enough without an "oppositional" cartoon playing with the idea of similar camps for "food offenders." Hasn't this century had enough camps? Although I assume the point is to illuminate the damaging aspects of our society (e.g., food additives) that are accepted as "normal," there are better ways to do this. Fascism is fascism whether the "offense" is drugs or junk food. At best, President Bill unironically mimics the stupidity of what it ostensibly opposes. At worst, it seeks similarly to dominate and to do violence.
PS: I too would like to see Phoebe & the Pigeon People moved back to the first page of Section Three. (The "Snap Judgments" feature doesn't merit this place any more than President Bill.) Also, the recent practice of providing capsule summaries of the comics is worse than a distraction. Part of the enjoyment of the Reader's comics is the pleasure of discovery as one leafs through the back section. The strips are entertaining enough, and do not need advance billing.