I owned a wonderful trail horse for ten years and was able, after some practice, to lift and throw those hay bales around myself. When our hay fields down here in MO were cut and baled into square bales, the hired hands were more than happy to let the conveyor grab those heavy, dusty rectangles and plop them onto the trailer bed. Of course some lucky person had to feed them onto the conveyor and someone else had to be at the top to catch and stack them, but automation was highly regarded. Today, most of the hay is gathered into round bales and, for the most part, no one has to even touch them.
Diane Siracusa - Hollister, MOToday's strip (19 July) on weeds and organic farming was a massive display of ignorance and malice. For shame !
Sam AbramsI generally love the strip. Have been reading it for decades and have all the books. I thought the swipe at organic farming in today's strip (7/19/12) was inaccurate and rather nasty. To paraphrase Lynn's comment: "Anybody who makes derogatory comments about organic farming doesn't know the meaning of the term".
Kathy, Central New YorkDear Lynn Johnston, What did you think about Aislin (Terry Mosher) being inducted into Giants of the North: The Canadian Cartoonist Hall of Fame, at the Doug Wright Awards this year? I seem to remember that he was one of your artistic inspirations.
Paul S. Oro Valley, ArizonaTerry Mosher absolutely deserves this award and more. He is one of the best caricaturists on the planet. He is politically astute - creating great gags from stuff that makes voters gag... he has been consistently great at his job for many years..... and I "stole" his dandruff, so I owe him! (Every character he draws has dandruff. When I saw the Queen with a dusting of flakes, I laughed out loud. Now, my characters often need the blue shampoo. I credit Terry with this minute but worthy embellishment.) LJ