Recently we have been contacted by a handful of readers about our political cartoons, which routinely run on the “Opinion” page of the newspaper.

Recently we have been contacted by a handful of readers about our political cartoons, which routinely run on the “Opinion” page of the newspaper. These cartoons are generated from syndicated cartoonists from GateHouse Media and are selected each week from our database. And we want to stress that these cartoons run on our “Opinion” page - which is a place where all viewpoints are welcome. It is true that cartoons that may be accepted by constituents of a certain geographical area in the U.S. may not be accepted here in Runnels County. But each week we carefully choose cartoons which sometimes show what the atmosphere may be in other parts of the U.S.

And, let’s make sure that in no way do the cartoons that we run on our “Opinion” page reflect the overall views of this publication, the staff or its readers, but so far we have not felt compelled to place a disclaimer on said cartoons, hoping that the readers may make decisions for themselves.

Last week, a cartoon depicting former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson drew the ire of some readers, but it was certainly not intended to do so. The cartoon depicted Tillerson asking why he was fired and showed a button on his shirt calling President Trump a moron, which according to most news outlets was something he allegedly said and never denied.

However, we did have some push back from readers who are sensitive to anything that appears to attack the office of the president. In no way was the Runnels County Register attempting to become “political” - we were simply running a political cartoon which depicted a chain of events. Just as the majority of our readers believe in second amendment right to bear arms, so do we believe in the first amendment, which includes freedom of the press. And it is that right and freedom that allows all viewpoints to be put in the public domain - and the readers may decide for themselves. That is what this country is all about. This goes for columns on the Opinion page as well - not everyone always agrees with them.

Each week our readers may perhaps get a chuckle or a jolt out of what is coming out of the other areas of the country. If you like these items great, let us know, if you don’t, let us know - send us a Letter to the Editor - that is your right as a reader of the Runnels County Register and a citizen of this country. We heartily welcome your viewpoints.

Send letters to the editor to chawkins@gatehousemedia.com.