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Snorkel's bullying must stop

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Re: The anatomy of a controversy (March 11). Once a week, at least, on the Free Press cartoon page, poor old Beetle Bailey is brutalized, kicked, punched or hammer-locked by Sergeant Snorkel. Can we not cut this demeaning cartoon, for it incites in me "the sense of fear, of intimidation, humiliation, distress, etc.," and whatever other jargon words I cannot think of right now. For other like words, check Bill 18.

We need an expensive government inquiry to report on the thousands of people who, like me, have been soul-smitten by these malodorous cartoons. It is time to stop this nonsense for it only encourages other real-life Sergeant Snorkels to bully other sad sacks like Private Bailey.

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One day, I forecast, Snorkel will kill Bailey, and what will we say then, we who have stood by and not protested this brutality?

CHRIS KENNEDY

Winnipeg

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 12, 2013 A8

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