Peanuts is here to stay

Several months ago, you announced that the Peanuts comic strip was going to be discontinued in the Mail Tribune and replaced by another strip. Whatever happened to that plan? — Kathy L., Medford

Well, Kathy, times change, even if comic strips sometimes do not. As part of our announcement, we asked for suggestions from readers about what they would like to see in place of Peanuts.

We received a variety of responses, but the clear choice of the people was . . . (drum roll, please) . . . keep Peanuts, you knuckleheads!

It seems that it's hard for some of our readers to give up on Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy and the gang, even though their maker, Charles Schulz, has been dead for more than eight years. It seems we can't get enough of that lovable bunch, even if what we get are reruns.

The latest theory on why people keep reading Peanuts is that Schulz produced the comic since 1950, so there are a lot of gags that most of us have missed over the years, either because we weren't born when some of them were published or we were busy doing other interesting things at some point in our lives. (Remember the '60s? OK, neither do we, but it does seem that there were a lot of distractions in those days.)

As for the other comics that got favorable reviews when Peanuts was on the chopping block, the top vote-getter seemed to be Get Fuzzy, which also features a dog, this time with a cat thrown in for good measure.

If you were looking forward to a new strip, well, all is not lost. Plans are afoot to add a comic or two. Now if we could just figure out what to drop without raising a ruckus...

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