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Doonesbury Cartoons on Frank Sinatra

June 20, 1985

The Times has received 221 letters commenting on its decision not to print all of Garry Trudeau's Doon e sbury strips on Frank Sinatra; 206 criticized The Times' decision and/or praised Trudeau; 15 criticized Trudeau and/or praised Sinatra.

Congratulations on refusing to run the controversial Doonesbury strips. This satirist turned muckraker has offended me since his return from a self-imposed hiatus with his biased and unfounded attacks on public persons. Worse of all, he is not even funny anymore.

DANIEL M. HILL

Seal Beach

Editor's Note: The Times risks lawsuits again and again because taking the risk is often the only way to get important information to its readers. Most of the Sinatra panels were withheld, not because of fear of litigation but because the newspaper was strongly advised by its lawyers that they would have substantial problems defending in court any libel suit that might have been filed.

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