#250 Doonesbury Comic Strip Carries Message Newspapers Avoid

Date: Mon, 28 Jan 2002
Subject: #250 Doonesbury Comic Strip Carries Message Newspapers Avoid

DrugSense FOCUS Alert #250 Monday Jan 28, 2002

Doonesbury Comic Strip Carries Message Newspapers Avoid


On Sunday Jan 27, the well known comic strip DOONESBURY, penned by
Garry Trudeau delivered to readers a message that is not usually
delivered by major media. In the limited space a Sunday comic panel
affords, the strip drew a direct comparison between the dangers of
tobacco and marijuana. Using the well known satirical icons of Mr.
Butts (representing tobacco) and Mr. Jay (marijuana), a short
conversation ensues. Butts remarks that once again he was responsible
for over 400,000 American deaths last year. Mr. Jay admits he killed
no one, but did allow that he was responsible for over 700,000 arrests
by police. With their conversation taking place at a gathering of the
‘Sin Lobby’, Jay confesses feeling like a fraud.

If you have not seen the comic strip, it is online


Note that newspapers are not required to print the first two panels –
some did – some did not – based on their own layout needs.

Please consider writing a letter thanking newspaper editors for
carrying Doonesbury and asking them to please give this subject more
attention than just satirical comic messages.

Doonesbury has a history of providing pro-reform messages. For

Doonesbury BEFORE the passage of Prop. 215 http://www.kubby.com/Cartoons/cartoons-doonesbury1.html

Doonesbury AFTER the passage of Prop. 215 http://www.kubby.com/Cartoons/cartoons-doonesbury2.html

Doonesbury AFTER Ashcroft ordered raids against cannabis buyers clubs

In 1997 Garry Trudeau received The Edward M. Brecher Award for
Achievement in the Field of Journalism from the Drug Policy Foundation
for the Prop. 215 comic strips.


Phone, fax etc.)

Please post a copy your letter or report your action to the sent
letter list (sentlte@mapinc.org) if you are subscribed, or by
E-mailing a copy directly to MGreer@mapinc.org if you are not
subscribed. Your letter will then be forwarded to the list with so
others can learn from your efforts and be motivated to follow suit.

Subscribing to the Sent LTE list (sentlte@mapinc.org) will help you to
review other sent LTEs and perhaps come up with new ideas or
approaches as well as keeping others aware of your important writing

To subscribe to the Sent LTE mailing list see http://www.mapinc.org/lists/index.htm
and/or http://www.mapinc.org/lists/index.htm#form

This is VERY IMPORTANT as it is one very effective way of gauging our
impact and effectiveness.


Here is a list of newspapers for which we have been able to confirm
that the Doonesbury strip was printed:

Anchorage Daily News (AK) letters@adn.com

Appleton Post-Crescent (WI) pcletters@appleton.gannett.com

Arizona Daily Star (AZ) letters@azstarnet.com

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (AR) voices@ardemgaz.com

Auburn Journal (CA) ajournal@foothill.net

Bakersfield Californian (CA) opinion@bakersfield.com

Baltimore Sun (MD) letters@baltsun.com

Blade, The (OH) letters@theblade.com

Boston Globe (MA) letter@globe.com

Capital Times, The (WI) tctvoice@madison.com

Charlotte Sun Herald (FL) hackworth@sun-herald.com

Chicago Tribune (IL) ctc-TribLetter@Tribune.com

Contra Costa Times (CA) dhatfield@cctimes.com

Courier News, The (NJ) cnletter@c-n.com

Daily Mining Gazette, The (MI) bheisel@mininggazette.com

Daily News Journal (TN) pirtle@dnj.com

Dallas Morning News (TX) letterstoeditor@dallasnews.com

Daytona Beach News-Journal (FL) letters@news-jrnl.com

Des Moines Register (IA) letters@news.dmreg.com

Detroit News / Free Press (MI) [combined Sunday edition]
letters@detnews.com letters@freepress.com

Elkhart Truth (IN) peoplesforum@etruth.com

Florida Times-Union (FL) jaxstaff@jacksonville.com

Foster’s Sunday Citizen (NH) letters@fosters.com

Free Lance-Star (VA) letters@freelancestar.com

Grand Rapids Press (MI) pulse@ccmail.gr-press.com

Green Bay Press-Gazette (WI) forum@greenbaypressgazette.com

Hendersonville Times-News (NC) tnletters@ioa.com

Honolulu Advertiser (HI) letters@honoluluadvertiser.com

Honolulu Star-Bulletin (HI) letters@starbulletin.com

Houston Chronicle (TX) viewpoints@chron.com

Indianapolis Star (IN) stareditor@starnews.com

Inquirer (PA) Inquirer.Letters@phillynews.com

Kansas City Star (MO) letters@kcstar.com

Lansing State Journal (MI) dmelot@lsj.com

Las Vegas Review-Journal (NV) letters@lvrj.com

Lincoln Journal Star (NE) oped@journalstar.com

Los Angeles Times (CA) letters@latimes.com

Marin Independent Journal (CA) opinion@marinij.com

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (WI) jsedit@onwis.com

Norman Transcript (OK) editor@normantranscript.com

Oakland Tribune (CA) eangtrib@newschoice.com

Olympian, The (WA) moakland@theolympian.com

Orange County Register (CA) letters@ocregister.com

Oregonian, The (OR) letters@news.oregonian.com

Orlando Sentinel (FL) insight@orlandosentinel.com

Plain Dealer, The (OH) letters@plaind.com

Post and Courier, The (SC) letters@postandcourier.com

Press Democrat, The (CA) letters@pressdemo.com

Press-Enterprise (CA) letters@pe.com

Register Citizen (CT) editor@registercitizen.com

Register-Guard, The (OR) rgletters@guardnet.com

Reno Gazette-Journal (NV) rgjmail@nevadanet.com

Reporter-Herald, The (CO) news@reporter-herald.com

Richmond Times-Dispatch (VA) letters@timesdispatch.com

Sacramento Bee (CA) opinion@sacbee.com

Salt Lake Tribune (UT) letters@sltrib.com

San Francisco Chronicle (CA) letters@sfchronicle.com

Santa Fe New Mexican (NM) letters@kcstar.com

Seattle Times (WA) opinion@seattletimes.com

South Bend Tribune (IN) vop@sbtinfo.com

Spokesman-Review (WA) editor@spokesman.com

St. Louis Post-Dispatch (MO) letters@post-dispatch.com

St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN) letters@pioneerpress.com

St. Petersburg Times (FL) letters@sptimes.com

State Journal-Register (IL) letters@sj-r.com

State, The (SC) stateeditor@thestate.com

Tacoma News Tribune (WA) letters@tribnet.com

Tampa Tribune (FL) letters@sptimes.com

Tri-City Herald (WA) letters@tri-cityherald.com

Tulsa World (OK) letters@tulsaworld.com

Washington Post (DC) letters@washpost.com

Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier (IA) tflattery@wcfcourier.com

Wichita Eagle (KS) weedit@wichitaeagle.com

NOTE: Please address each newspaper one at a time using the To: field of
your email program. Be sure to use the newspaper name somewhere in each
message. Newspaper editors expect that you are addressing them only – they
are quick to hit the delete key if they think you are sending something to
multiple publications.

The above list is probably not even a majority of the Sunday papers
which printed the Doonesbury cartoon. If you know of other newspapers
that did, you may find their email address here:


Do you know of newspapers that do not carry the daily or Sunday
Doonesbury? Consider sending them a note asking them to carry it. You
can be sure Doonesbury will carry our message in the future!


Extra Credit:

Sunday the Baltimore Sun also printed an OPED by a couple of shills
for the prohibitionist lobby which is at


If you have the time, a Letter to the Editor defending both Zonker and
cannabis truth would be nice.



To the editor

I write to thank G. B. Trudeau and editors of your newspaper for the
excellent Doonesbury strip of Jan. 27.

Arresting hundreds of thousands of Americans for marijuana, a drug
that doesn’t kill anyone, represents a wasteful and cruel absurdity.
Understanding the damage caused by marijuana prohibition, I would
never endorse the prohibition of tobacco. But as Doonesbury pointed
out, our tolerance of potentially lethal tobacco makes marijuana
prohibition seem even crazier.

While the cartoon was an excellent example of political commentary
mixed with black humor, the situation it describes is truly tragic.
Even sadder is the fact that the situation rarely gets attention in
any newspaper – outside of the funny pages.

Stephen Young contact info


IMPORTANT Always include your address and telephone number Please
note: If you choose to use this letter as a model please modify it at
least somewhat so that the paper does not receive numerous copies of
the same letter and so that the original author receives credit for
his/her work.


ADDITIONAL INFO to help you in your letter writing

Writer’s Resources http://www.mapinc.org/resource/



TO UNSUBSCRIBE SEE http://www.drugsense.org/unsub.htm

Prepared by Stephen Heath and Richard Lake, Focus Alert Specialists – with