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Show some respect, Ramirez

Michael Ramirez is an outstanding artist. I have really appreciated his finely detailed depictions of buildings, bridges, planes, ships, sailing vessels, etc. I only wish he would show at least a modicum of respect in his portrayals of President Barack Obama, which are rude, ugly, disgraceful and disgusting.

His latest ugly depiction of our president on Feb. 18, Presidents Day, as usual does not even resemble a human being. And the fact that it was directly below the column heading of “Distinguished Panels” was especially insulting.

Betty Hill



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