Our thoughts are with Mike Lane, our brilliant, liberal, award-winning cartoonist, who is in the hospital after undergoing open-heart surgery.  He was scheduled to get an aortic valve (pig's valve) replacement and one bypass.  Shortly before his surgery, Mike wrote: "I'm asymptomatic (pain and evidence free) but the valve's about closed now and will kill me down the road, without surgery.  So, it doesn't look like I'll draw much in September."

We'll keep Mike's spot on our site warm and we'll report any news on Mike's condition when Mike is feeling up to telling us how he's doing.  Anyone who would like to send warm wishes to Mike can e-mail him.  Visit an archive of Mike's cartoons here.  That's one of Mike's recent masterpieces below.