To our readers:
We have heard your complaints loud and clear regarding the syndicated editorial cartoon by Dave Granlund published in print Friday as the nation awoke to news of the shooting deaths of five police officers in Dallas. The “itchy trigger finger” cartoon was in response to police-involved shootings that had occurred earlier last week in Baton Rouge, La., and outside St. Paul, Minn.
The deadline for printing our newspaper sometimes crosses late-breaking events. The editorial content and cartoons are selected in advance and do not reflect breaking news. However, the provocative message of the cartoon was ill-timed.
This newspaper’s editorial page has long supported, and continues to support, the mission of our nation’s first responders. We regret the timing of the cartoon selection, which had no deliberate association to the unfolding events in Dallas.