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'RANDOLPH ITCH' IS ONE OF THE BEST

How sad that several News readers find nothing "funny" or "intelligent" in the comics. Each comic conjures up some type of world for the reader to enter into. The nature of comics historically has been to depict life, a frame of mind, observations on human or other behaviors, a political outlook or social commentary.

"Randolph Itch: 2 a.m.," takes an ordinary situation or event and skews it, or just changes one aspect of it. I love it because Tom Toles has a gift for looking at the ordinary from a new perspective.

Comics can be funny, but they don't have to be. "Funky Winkerbean" is frequently poignant; "Betty," satirical; "Garfield," silly; "For Better or Worse," based in reality. "Boondocks" is about a boy coming to grips with the world as he sees it.

Maybe these unhappy readers should let themselves be pulled into the comics, and look for the perspective of the creators. I doubt that any one person connects to all of the comics, but surely there are some to give pause for thought, a smile and on occasion even a tear.

CAROL ANN HARLOS

Amherst

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