To the editor:

The freedom of the press was so important to our founders that it was included in the very first amendment to the U.S. Constitution. They saw freedom of the press to be essential to the furtherance of the American experience.

Political cartoons are, in fact, an expression of that freedom of the press to publish ideas that may be controversial, challenging, and, to some, offensive. Freedom of the press has added to the American experience by challenging readers to think about formative issues such as abolition, womens’ suffrage, civil rights, opposition to the war in Vietnam and many others. Without freedom of the press, we simply would not be America as our founders dreamed it to be. We would not be the America that millions of men and women fought for in every war in our history.

Political cartoons are meant not only to present a view on a particular issue, but to challenge all who see them to think and address the issues they portray. They hold the same weight as letters to the editor, which a writer took advantage of March 6. I found the letter to be inaccurate and offensive when the writer portrayed progressives and their supporters as “spineless.” However, I would never object to the Leavenworth Times printing the writer’s letter because the writer has a point of view that should be heard. Political cartoons also have a point of view that should be shared with the reading populace.

So, Mr. Dean, if you want to be able to share your views in print, so do others, including the political cartoonists who are published in the Leavenworth Times. Please take a moment to read the Bill of Rights and accept the values gifted to us by our founders.