Apparently the Chicago Public Library system wanted “stars on thars” and decided to remove six Dr. Seuss books from circulation because some of the illustrations are now seen as offensive. In a burst of Orwellian glee, one critic went so far as to count all the characters that Theodor Geisel created, place them in categories and tabulate how many were unacceptable. If every offensive book, image or thought were banned, culled or canceled, the library would be nothing but empty shelves, with a few volumes that rotate in and out of favor like Sneetches, with or without stars on their bellies. Fortunately our local libraries were not “ga-fluppted” and kept their collection of Seuss books intact. Many of the best books I ever read initially offended me, and some still do.

Larry Peterson, Rochester

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