‘Thanks for Nuthin’ cartoon was an offensive spin on an 11-year war

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Last Wednesday’s paper had me steaming. Terry Wise’s cartoon showing Obama saying “Thanks for nuthin” at a military grave was neither funny nor ironic. Political cartoons are supposed to be one or the other or both.

It is a gross oversimplification to blame Obama for an 11-year war that is more complicated than most Americans understand. And why does Obama say the word “nuthin”? Is there a meaning to this? It’s not very sensitive to people of color.

Wise should’ve included figures of Bush and Cheney in the background chanting about WMDs and the evil-doers. Who sent troops to Iraq in the first place? We inserted ourselves into a religious war that has been going on for hundreds of years.

Ten years from now, if we have re-engaged in the Iraq war, what president will be standing over new graves and what will he say?

Iraq is not even a country in the eyes of many who live there. After World War I, the line was drawn with the stroke of a pen. The terrorists who attacked us on 9/11 were Saudis hiding in Afghanistan.

So why Iraq? We know it was about American oil interests. So blaming the deaths of American and Iraqi troops solely on the president, because he hasn’t decided to do anything (just yet) is just plain silly.

On a more positive note, I would like to thank the new publisher, Chris Hamilton, for his excellent piece on the recycling program in Anderson County. The new containers are very accessible and easy to use. I save all my recyclables in a giant, Walmart, leaf bag. When it’s full, I tape the top and throw it in the trunk of my car. Hint: the containers at the middle school are always empty!

Speaking of recycling, I carry a sturdy, large, canvas bag with smaller cloth bags inside for use at the grocery stores.

I have noticed that the cashiers and baggers at our stores seem a little uncomfortable or confused using these bags. What ends up happening is they put everything in plastic bags anyway then place them in the cloth bags! I don’t think it’s their fault. I think it’s a lack of training, perhaps.

To solve the problem, I usually go to the self-checkout.

Thanks to everybody who cares enough about the environment to do whatever you can to help.

Joan Burke

Lawrenceburg, Ky.