Readers have spoken: Comic standbys will stay

Readers have spoken: Comic standbys will stay

You're a good man, Charlie Brown. You and your friends from "Peanuts" are still in the starting lineup.

And "For Better or For Worse," our readers are wedded to you until death you do part.

In early February, I reported that The News-Gazette was dropping "Get Fuzzy" and adding "WuMo" to our daily and Sunday comics pages. Further, I asked you, our readers, what you like or do not like about our other comic strips.

And many of you took me up on the offer: I received 123 emails and letters over the last six weeks. And there was a fairly consistent message: "For Better or For Worse" and "Peanuts" are still very popular and well read, even though both of them have been in reruns for years. You can be sure that you'll continue to read both strips in The News-Gazette.

But your opinions about our other strips were more varied. Some of you are not impressed with our new strip, "WuMo," while others are willing to give it a chance. I must admit that my expectations for "WuMo" have not been met, but we'll keep the strip and see how it develops.

Many of you enjoy "Baby Blues," "Zits," "Pickles" and "Red & Rover." It's gratifying to hear readers say they look forward to reading our comics page, for their daily dose of humor and philosophy.

And speaking of philosophy, I have to be philosophical about the numerous conflicting comments I received. For every fan of "Beetle Bailey," "Dinette Set," "Non Sequitur" and other strips, someone else is saying, "please make them disappear." One reader's gem is another's "totally inane."

One last note about comics: The serial strips — such as "Rex Morgan" and "Judge Parker" — have significant audiences. They'll stay on the island.

I do have a new "assignment" for you, dear readers. What features on our daily puzzles page (left) are you using? Is the daily TV grid a valued resource or do you rely on our weekly TV book or other sources? Would a daily TV story, highlighting the evening's best bets, be more helpful?

Are the Dear Abby and Carolyn Hax advice columns must-read items? Does our bridge column offer good insights on the game? And are there any changes you would like to see in crossword, sudoku, kakuro, Jumble or Celebrity Cipher puzzles?

To share your thoughts, email:

puzzles@news-gazette.com

If you prefer sending a letter:

News-Gazette Puzzles

P.O. Box 677

Champaign, IL 61824-0677

I look forward to your comments.

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