Comic strips too often mirror our own reality

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In today’s world it seems challenging to find a lot of things to laugh or smile about . . . particularly when you start your day reading the morning newspaper or close the day with the 10 p.m. TV newscast. Maybe that’s why I read the newspaper comic strips or as some of us old timers call them “the funny papers.” As for the evening smiles I’m rarely awake for the late night news at 10.
Over the years reading the funnies, I’ve found more and more of those strips seem to be a mirror of my own and the Betterhalf’s daily activities. I’ve become a little concerned of the increased frequency, but I am comforted by this thought. . . The funny paper content is better than watching a TV soap opera and seeing a replay of your life going on the screen before you.
This gender thing seems to be getting carried a little too far. A community has announced it will not have any more “man-hole” covers centered in their community’s streets. The title of such covers will now be known as “maintenance covers.”
And the world keeps changing. Watching an old movie on television, I mentioned that I can’t recall the movie stars’ names. I received a blank stare from one of the youngsters. I clarified my statement of the old term “movie stars’’ by explaining now we have more than just movies calling for casting. Today’s entertainment expansion into TV, stage, musicals, etc. now calls for “actors and actresses.”
I couldn’t help but add even in today’s political arena we get the feeling some of our politicians have become pretty good actors and actresses. They can hardly wait to get before a camera.
Had a tough day? This Swedish businessman’s day will be hard to match.
For 13 long years he labored on a book about Swedish economic solutions. He took the 250-page manuscript to be copied, only to have it shredded in to 50,000 pieces of paper in seconds when a worker confused the copier with the shredder.
Walter Cronkite’s wife was quoted as saying, “Errol Flynn died on a seventy-foot yacht with a 17-year-old girl. Walter’s always wanted to go that way, but he’s going to settle for a seventeen-footer and a 70-year old”.
RL Furse  is publisher emeritus of the News-Register

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