I reply to the retired teacher who was disgusted by the Mallard Fillmore cartoon, which she claims is racist.

First, who is the arbiter of exactly what is racist and what is not? It disheartens me to think that “racism” is used to describe anything that someone does not agree with.

Mallard Fillmore is satire and should be seen as such. Are we a nation that has lost its sense of humor? If so, I feel a great deal of sadness for this country.

ANNE F. JOHNSTON

retired state employee

Baton Rouge

Letters: Reader sees 'Fillmore' comic as racist for mocking Chinese leader