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Letters to the Editor: "Jim's Journal" Is Hardly Okay: Jim is a Waste of Space and Money: Don't Get Rid of "Jim's Journal"

"Jim's Journal" Is Hardly Okay

I have never found "Jim's Journal" amusing or enjoyable. When I first arrived at MIT, I read it regularly, in search of some glimmer of humor or artistic merit. Perhaps Jim was a sort of "Zippy"-esque commentary on the life of Everyman, or perhaps a subtle statement about the lack of content of some comic strips. Or, as I have learned, perhaps not.

After over three years of exposure to him, I've never found Jim any more interesting than your opinion policy or the regular Stuyvesant alumni chapter classified ads.

Perhaps the space would be better used by reprinting choice excerpts from the Encyclopedia Britannica? I'm sure the MIT community would appreciate the change of content.

Eric J. Mumpower '96

Jim Is a Waste of Space And Money

I've been reading "Jim's Journal" for three weeks now, waiting and waiting for just one of them to be funny. Not one has. Not only is Jim a waste of space, but a waste of money. Get rid of "Jim's Journal."

Jeffrey S. Brown '99

Don't Get Rid Of "Jim's Journal"

I am writing in response to the recent letter to the editor by Christopher E. Bachman '99 ["Tech's Printing of Jim's Journal' Excessive," Sept. 15 ] criticizing "Jim's Journal."

Please do not get rid of Jim. I enjoy "Jim's Journal" very much; it is wry, poignant, ordinary, humorous, cute, and funny. And those are only the adjectives I can come up with in thirty seconds. I can think of more, especially when I am reading "Jim's Journal." Jim draws the best cartoon cat of any of the strips, including Bill the Cat. But I never think of Jim's Journal as a mere cartoon - it's more than that. I find it oddly comforting. Please don't even consider dropping it.

Therese Z. Henderson

Energy Laboratory