Letter: Fentanyl cartoon a disservice to readers

Reader deems editorial cartoon 'singularly distasteful'

Re: Editorial cartoon, Oak Bay News, Sept. 21.

I was absolutely staggered to see the asinine publication of the singularly distasteful “IRICE 16” contribution on any page let alone the Editorial page of the Sept. 21 edition of Oak Bay News.

This “cartoon comparison” of the brains of drug dealers is not only totally fatuous but in my view, an insult to the readership of this homely local newspaper, not least because it is known to all of us that all drug dealers of all persuasions have absolutely no brain whatsoever. Just as they have no morals nor indeed any characteristic deserving of anything but utter contempt.

It is they – every last one one of them –  who are responsible for the sickness, degradation and death of those who fall or are dragged into their foul, intimidating world and it was a sad day when it was decided to inflict upon us, such an ill-conceived reminder of them in any format let alone an editorial cartoon.

The Oak Bay News and its readers are worthy of much better judgement and journalism.

Derrick Johns

Oak Bay

 

 

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