“Before launching into an analysis of why today’s comics suck so badly, let’s be fair and get the opposite perspective. I called Lee Salem, editorial director of Universal Press Syndicate in Kansas City — which handles ‘Cathy,’ ‘For Better or For Worse,’ and ‘Doonesbury,’ among others — and his rationale did have a certain conservative logic. ‘I think you are being too harsh,’ he said. ‘I’ve gotten letters from readers saying, ‘I don’t think ‘Calvin and Hobbes’ is funny.’ Humor is in the eye of the beholder.”