W. Scott Butcher’s Jan. 17 Free for All letter, “Protecting the vote,” which responded to the Jan. 12 “Doonesbury” comic strip about voter suppression, was off-base in two ways.
First, he maintained that new photo ID laws are about ensuring “the integrity of the voting process.” Such practices have historically been used to keep black and other minority voters away from the polls in Southern states, and poor blacks are among those most negatively affected by them today.
Second, Butcher claimed that such commentaries “do not belong in the comics.” On the contrary, political topics have always appeared in the comics, from “The Yellow Kid” in the Hearst newspapers to Walt Kelly’s “Pogo” in the 1950s, to “Doonesbury” today. Such points have every right to be made in the comics.
William Craig, Washington
In making his complaint about the Jan. 12 “Doonesbury” comic strip mocking voter ID laws, W. Scott Butcher accepted their proponents’ argument that such laws are necessary to prevent voter fraud. Well, they aren’t. Supporters have never been able to document significant identification fraud at polling places.
“Doonesbury” had it right. Voter ID laws are designed to prevent voting fraud to the same extent that the old Southern poll taxes were designed to raise revenue.
Scott Kallman, Silver Spring
While reading the Jan. 21 Style section, I was overcome with the desire to say how much I enjoy reading the comics every day. I constantly find more wisdom in this part of The Post than in almost any other. Comics writers are some of the most innovative people I have come across in many, many years of reading.
Allan R. Hoffman, Reston