Friday (2/27/09) is the last day of publication for the Rocky Mountain News, as another excellent cartoonist, Ed Stein loses his job. Ed sent me his last cartoon and his last blog post for the paper. Â Ed's cartoons will continue on our site as he will keep drawing for syndication.
Â Well, folks, this is the last cartoon I'll draw for the Rocky MountainÂ News. I've had a wonderful run for the last 31 years, producing more thanÂ 8,000 drawings. It's the career I dreamed of having when I was a kid, andÂ it's been more rewarding than I ever could have imagined. I've had the greatÂ good fortune over the years of toiling for editors who appreciated my skillsÂ and who believed in the editorial freedom a cartoonist needs to do the bestÂ work, even when they disagreed with my opinion. I've worked with moreÂ talented journalists than I can possibly name. I'm especially grateful toÂ the many loyal readers of the Rocky for having given my long career meaning.
Thank you for your comments, kind and critical, over the years. It is youÂ who have kept the discussion, so vital for a vibrant democracy to flourish,Â alive all these years. I will miss hearing from you. Â --Â Ed Stein