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Posted: Friday, August 14, 2009 12:00 am

A number of readers were ticked off by an editorial cartoon published Thursday that made fun of Fox news, Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin and town hall meetings.

Several readers said they were offended and were considering cancelling their subscriptions.

We try for a mix of cartoons on the page, both right and left, but some readers were especially piqued by this image, drawn by Chris Britt, who is a syndicated cartoonist.

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Choosing cartoons and columns can be a perilous task. We know most of our readers are conservative, but some are liberal. We want to provide a balance of viewpoints in both columns and cartoons.

We don’t intend to inflame readers, but this cartoon obviously did.

So:How do we provide a diverse and engaging page without inflaming readers?

Is that even possible?

(Not long ago, we heard from a reader who said our page was too conservative. He, too, threatened to cancel his subscription.)

I’d be interested in your thoughts on this particular cartoon — and our guiding philosophy of trying to provide a balanced blendon our editorial page.