Letters from Readers: Readers explain their appreciation for the Times-Union, support editorial cartoons and a balanced approach.

Reader appreciates Times-Union,


asks how to help the paper


For those of us who feel a day is not complete without the daily paper, the smoke signals are seriously troubling.


We have been aware for a long time that the daily paper is becoming less important to millions of Americans who believe they can get a comprehensive view of the world in 15-second bites.


Like every other Times-Union reader, I am aware of the struggles the paper is going through as evidenced by the shrinking volume of articles on a daily basis long before the coronavirus hit. The question is, what can we do to help?


My heartfelt thanks to dedicated newspaper staff members who still remain with the paper, fighting like all of us to survive this pandemic.


Rick Mansfield, Ponte Vedra Beach


Note to readers: The best way to help is purchase a subscription, either print or online. If you already subscribe, give the gift of watchdog local news coverage. — Mike Clark, Editorial Page Editor.


Reader sees the value of a


product delivered at dawn


What else can you get delivered to you at the crack of dawn for a few dollars?


If it fits your budget we recommend getting the T-U. Whether you are liberal or conservative we all know TV news has become too slanted to accept as reliable.


Everyday we are seeing other news outlets cave to a mob mentality.


Local newspapers still fill a vital role and give the readers more detail and with a wider range of story sources. It's a much better way to internalize the facts of a story than a talking head on TV repeating themselves ad nauseam.


We recommend supporting and reading the T-U and other local businesses.


Mike Wallace, St. Augustine


Readers appreciates attempts at


balance with editorial cartoons


Thank you to the Times-Union editorial staff for striving for balance.


The juxtaposition of the two letters complaining about political cartoons — one supporting President Trump, the other supporting Joe Biden — just shows that you do try to achieve balance.


I, for one, appreciate the effort.


Susan Miller, Jacksonville


Political cartoons serve useful


purpose in skewering politicians


Apparently, some readers just can't stand political cartoons. They show foibles, inanities, corruption and downright stupidity of various politicians that help to set the record straight with humor.


The recent cartoon showing President Donald Trump's idea of injecting disinfectants or using ultraviolet light within the body was not disrespectful. Instead, it clearly shows his lack of medical knowledge when his press conferences should have been left to the actual scientists rather than being used as political rallies.


Political cartoonists serve a wonderful purpose in American journalism whether we agree with them or not. Most are right on the money.


Terri Quint, Ponte Vedra