In the July 29 issue of the Letters section, an editorial from Luis Perluna commented that Derf’s comic strip “The City” “achieves shameful new levels of stupidity, ignorance, and offensiveness.” I don’t know who Derf is, but I want to thank him personally for his hysterical point of view on modern living, as well as his honesty. His personal portrait of black/white race relations in the July 29 issue is brutally honest, as are his emotions in the last frame. We do learn from our ignorance at times, and gain a better understanding of our fellow man once the stereotype has been shown false. Derf’s illustrations make me laugh at what is funny and think about what is not. I hope the Reader is lucky enough to hang onto such a talented artist.

Peter Erickson