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This past week I heard many people complaining about the sudden rise of gas prices at the pump A cartoon published last Sunday February 27 2011 in The Spartanburg Herald-Journal gave a light-hearted view on a very serious subject Dick Lochers untitled political cartoon addresses the rising price of gas at the pump Also published on February 27 2011 by the editorial board of The Star-Ledger an editorial was written with an opposing view on this issue Elevated gas prices are going to affect every American from the young to the old in some wayFigure 1 Gas Prices are Taking Toll on AmericansAs seen in figure one there are two young children and half of an adult woman A play gas pump and a car are also depicted in this cartoon The two children are playing Gas Station and the little boy takes almost all of the girls allowance because she asks for a fill-up Even the young girl understands that it should not have taken almost her whole allowance to fill up her toy car The words in the cartoon very clearly match up with the visual images portrayed by the artist This simple cartoon speaks to the many viewers who are also feeling the pain of this increase when feeling their car with gas The message of Lochers cartoon is that more and more Americans are paying more out of their pocket to fill their cars with gas each week I believe that all Americans would agree with this message With spring break and vacation months approaching those in the tourism industry would agree with this message and are watching this issue with great concern The adult viewers who saw this cartoon either in their printed paper or their online news source would find this cartoon entertaining because it made them smile about a subject that most Americans are unhappy with While the artist does not really use logos or pathos the
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