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Back then, when I was a little boy, my brother and I would sit on my grandmother’s lap and she would read us the comics. We were too young to read. She would read slowly and explain the pictures while she read.


I can still remember the characters as if it were yesterday. There was Gasoline Alley, Alley Oop, Lil Abner, Snuffy Smith, Popeye, and many more. I could go on and on. What a wonderful legacy to leave.

I will be 80 years old next month and still get teary-eyed when I write about my grandmother.

This takes me back to the Dec. 30, Sunday paper. The comic strip of Beetle Bailey, showing him coming out of the sea as a fish, crawling and then turning into a monkey with no tail, and turned into Beetle Bailey. What in the world are the comics teaching our children? They have stooped to teaching to the lowest of low, showing that type of disrespect to our Lord and Savior.

I spoke to my daughter about this and gthe way it’s teaching our children. Her reply: They probably don’t read the comics anyway. They’re too involved with video games and violence on TV.

At the end of the comic strip the sergeant was beating Beetle. This led to bullying in the end. What legacy will be left for the children of today?

Harlan Holmvig


Sarah Nelson
Sarah Nelson joined the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2010 and works as a online reporter, content editor and staff writer. She is a world traveler, accused idealist and California native now braving the winters of Central Minnesota. She believes in the power of human resolve and hopes to be part of something that makes history by bringing an end to injustice in the world. Sarah has worked as a criminal background researcher, high school civics teacher, grant writer, and contributing writer with — tackling every issue from global poverty to bio-degradable bicycles. Her favorite thing about living in Minnesota is July. Sarah left the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2014.
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