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Jim Borgman has been the Enquirer's editorial cartoonist since 1976. Borgman has won every major award in his field, including the 1991 Pulitzer Prize, the National Cartoonists Society's Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year in 1993, and most recently, the Adamson Award in 2005 as International Cartoonist of the Year. His award-winning daily comic strip Zits, co-created with Jerry Scott, chronicles the life of 15-year-old Jeremy Duncan, his family and friends through the glories and challenges of the teenage years. Since debuting in July 1997, Zits has regularly finished #1 in reader comics polls across America and is syndicated in more than 1300 newspapers around the world.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

No Compassion


at 9/12/07, 1:20 PM Anonymous Andrew said...

Pardon me if I totally misunderstood the purpose of your picture today, but I find it to be totally off base. I assume this is about the school board and local citizens questioning whether Brenda Nesselroad-Slaby should keep her job as an assistant principle. How you can question and challenge the compassion of these people is utterly ridiculous. While I believe what the women did was inexcusable, I also understand that is wasn't criminal based on the current statues. With that said, it is only right that the people should question her ability to adequately look after or be involved with their child's safety in anyway. I would be more concerned if we failed to do that. If you could fail to care for her daughter, why should she be trusted with someone else's child? It was unfortnate what happened and it was very likely an unfortnate accident, but there are still consequences. Similar to the difference between someone being found innocent in a criminal court buy guilty in a civil court. A better example would be a school bus driver that is given a DUI in their personal vehicle, would we think twice about about letting that person transport our children?

There is a fine line between being compassionate, versus being so forgetful as to let your child die because of your actions, then not expecting any consequences for those actions. Yes I understand she will be living a personal hell for the rest of her life. That doesn't change the fact that we should now question her ability to affectively manage our children in the school system if she can't do that for her own children. Seems fairly logical to me.

at 9/12/07, 2:01 PM Blogger Brian said...

Amen, Jim.

at 9/12/07, 2:19 PM Anonymous Schotzie03 said...

Seems like an attack that could be leveled at so many.

At any given time there are legal situations being played out around the water cooler and nonsense cable tv news channels by people who are full of sin AND devoid of knowlege.

I think Slaby should be prosecuted, but not by me.

at 9/12/07, 2:23 PM Blogger Steve Willhite said...

What I like about this toon is, although I'm far removed from the local issue, this cartoon can be applied to sooooo many situations. Just change the words on the building.

That's two in a row that I've truly loved. Thanks, Jim.

at 9/12/07, 2:34 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Christ Our Rock

at 9/12/07, 3:12 PM Anonymous Dan said...

No Compassion?

I feel terrible for her loss and the guilt she will carry the rest of her life. I hope one day she will find peace.

But if I were on a parent or on the school board, I would want her removed from her job, at least for a year, so she could re-collect herself and then come back and give appropriate attention to her job.

at 9/12/07, 5:18 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

If she loses her job with the school district, The Enquirer should hire her to administer/ report for "cincyMoms" blog or other similar position.

at 9/13/07, 3:46 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

for the first time in awhile for me, Jim.

Good Job!

at 9/13/07, 11:38 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Might as well put Iraq on the building as well, and Katrina, etc.

at 9/14/07, 1:36 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is the man in the cartoon Jesus Christ, or Prosecutor White ???

at 9/14/07, 6:59 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Jim,

Thank you. Last week, I saw a car similar to the one Ms. Nesselroad-Slaby was driving. On the back was written "Well, at least she remembered the donuts." That floored me. I'm still bothered about it. I think the person who had that on the back of their car should be ashamed of themselves.

at 9/14/07, 7:45 AM Anonymous LBD in Loveland said...

Questioning her ability to work and applying the law to the case is wholly different from the public execution this woman has endured in the press.

Jim, great cartoon. We should all be thoughful in our words an actions. We have all made mistakes and thankfully for us they just didn't turn out as bad as hers did. That doesn't make my sins any better than hers or yours Andrew(a previous poster).

at 9/14/07, 12:54 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

To all of you who give this woman a pass, consider this. A "mistake" is forgetting to lock the car, locking the keys in the car, forgetting the donuts, not buying enough donuts, forgetting that some of the staff are diabetic or have low-fat, low-carb needs, or some other trivial (by comparison) act of "forgetfulness."

Leaving a 2 year old child in a car seat on a hot day while going about one's business is far more than a "mistake". It is a serious lapse of judgement,responsibility, and basic human morality, as well as the worst kind of parental neglect: leaving your own child unprotected and exposed.

I am the son of a teacher and administrator. I am the parent of 2 elementary school age children. I would no sooner have left my 2 year old son or daughter alone in a car seat unattended for 30 seconds. I would not leave my dog alone in a car on a hot day for 2 minutes. What thought process/ logic/reason/emotion leads to the conclusion that leaving children (or pets) locked up in hot vehicles for any length of time is somehow "not so bad "?

Many of the commentators on this blog are quick to criticize persons like myself, who feel criminal charges are proper and necessary to uncover the truth and present all the facts of this tragedy in open court. To you, and to the Enquirer staffers like Mr. Borgmann, Mr. Wells, Mr. Cooklis and Ms. Ramsey I ask: what if YOUR child was in the carseat of Ms. Slaby's car ? Would that make any difference in your opinion of appropriate consequences?
If Ms. Slaby were an "average" citizen, without rank or prestige,not your neighbor or friend, not part of your everyday circle,would you be so quick to give her a pass ? If she were not "like you" (in terms of ethnicity, gender, socio-economic, educational, or career status), would you feel so strongly in defending her conduct ?

Since when are "I forgot" and "I don't know" acceptable excuses for anything ?
My 7 year old and 10 year old can't even get away with those answers when asked why they didn't take a bath, or why they didn't finish their homework.

I ask for justice, not condemnation. Pretending that no wrong was done, no crime committed, "no harm, no foul - let's move forward" trivializes the horrible events of a fateful day when an innocent child died due to the neglect of her own parent. The least the community can do is have her answer in open court, without press/media filters, the questions many of us continue to have.

Read John Lennon's words to fully comprehend the reasoning process why so many are so angry at Mr White.

"I'm sick and tired of hearing things
From uptight, short-sighted, narrow-minded hypocritics
All I want is the truth
Just gimme some truth
Ive had enough of reading things
By neurotic, psychotic, pig-headed politicians
All I want is the truth
Just gimme some truth

No short-haired, yellow-bellied, son of tricky dicky
Is gonna mother hubbard soft soap me
With just a pocketful of hope
Money for dope
Money for rope

No short-haired, yellow-bellied, son of tricky dicky
Is gonna mother hubbard soft soap me
With just a pocketful of soap
Money for dope
Money for rope

Im sick to death of seeing things
From tight-lipped, condescending, mamas little chauvinists
All I want is the truth
Just gimme some truth now

Ive had enough of watching scenes
Of schizophrenic, ego-centric, paranoiac, prima-donnas
All I want is the truth now
Just gimme some truth

No short-haired, yellow-bellied, son of tricky dicky
Is gonna mother hubbard soft soap me
With just a pocketful of soap
Its money for dope
Money for rope

Ah, Im sick and tired of hearing things
From uptight, short-sighted, narrow-minded hypocrites
All I want is the truth now
Just gimme some truth now

Ive had enough of reading things
By neurotic, psychotic, pig-headed politicians
All I want is the truth now
Just gimme some truth now

All I want is the truth now
Just gimme some truth now
All I want is the truth
Just gimme some truth
All I want is the truth
Just gimme some truth"

I hope that those who offer the straw dog argument that"it could happen to anyone" or "it could have been me and my child" understand the depth and level of caring responsibility most parents have (and ALL parents should have) concerning the safety and care of children. This neglect does not "happen all the time". The attitude leading to the behavior which led Ms. Slaby to do what she did does not exist in the hearts and minds of responsible parents with regard to their children. Please re-examine your consciences, priorites, values, ambitions, etc, and do whatever it takes to protect your children

Cecilia Slaby, rest in peace. I can only hope that you have not died in vain.

J Law

at 9/14/07, 3:44 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

J Law: Thank you.

at 9/14/07, 10:38 PM Anonymous A West Clermont Mom said...

Mr. Borgman, are you trying to say that in our public outcry against Mrs. Nesselroad-Slagy, we are causing harm to our own school? Do you honestly believe that allowing her to continue to administrate at Glen Este Middle School would be a wise choice for our children?

Did you forget there are living, breathing students in that building with the broken windows? We'd like to keep those kids alive. Quite frankly, why in the world would we consider allowing this woman to be in any way responsible for our kids?

at 9/14/07, 11:35 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

To me the cartoon represented people that think they are without sin. I can say from personal experience that being over stressed and constantly over multitasking will cause short term memory loss at the least. Today's woman has to hold down a career, manage a household and raise children. This is no easy task.

The women, that have the oppurtunity to be an at home mom, usually don't make serious mistakes. Unless you count drowning your children in the bath tub as serious.

For a working mom it is very easy to forget where you are going, when you are going, and Lord help you if the multiple tasks are going in a different direction than the norm. I am guilty of being late to pick up my kids, driving in the wrong direction, ariving at the wrong place, and yes even forgetting my child in the car. But get this, the child was 6 foot 3 inches tall and sitting right next to me, and I still turned to go to work instead of driving him to the high school.

Am I an idiot? No! I constantly multitask, because my job demands it. Stress increases cortisol in your system. Cortisol in excess does cause SHORT TERM MEMORY LOSS! And that is a fact! No mom ever wats to harm her child.

Please forgive Brenda as her heart is already in prison.

at 9/15/07, 8:39 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

To 11:35. I was raised by a single-parent working mother who happened to be a SCHOOLTEACHER. This was in the 1970s and 1980s, a generation removed from today's " over stressed and constantly over multitasking" working mothers. Difference was Mom's priorities: children first, everything else follows. These qualities made her an excellent treacher and even better mother.

My wife is a full-time professional who also attends college part time. I work full time. We consistently communicate with our kids' caregivers and each other to ensure that the kids' well being comes first.

Children deserve much better than some adults seem willing or able to offer
We must forgive, but never forget.

at 9/15/07, 9:47 AM Anonymous WC Mom said...

Let me ask you this. If Mrs. N-S was a preemie nurse, would you trust her in your neonatal unit? A pediatrician? A day care teacher? An administrator in YOUR school district? You're welcome to her, folks. All of you bleeding Jesus people can have her. Are the parochial systems hiring?

This is about trust. We don't trust her to adequately handle her high pressure cortisol-inducing position well enough to remember to put our kids in a position of priority. Who is going to forgive her when she forgets procedure or a kid during a lock-down or tornado?

If you want to apply "glass houses" theories, apply them to Mrs. N-S's personal life. Have at it. I personally don't care what happens to her at this point. But keep her the heck away from our kids. She has enough to deal with, taking care of her own.

at 9/15/07, 11:24 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Mercy triumphs over judgement" is in the American Republican Christian bible, too (somewhere)

at 9/15/07, 1:10 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

this lesson is too hard; we first need to learn how to share

at 9/15/07, 6:57 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

1 John:1-3

at 9/16/07, 12:14 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe he means no compassion as in people are vilanizing her. it could have been her dog, it could have been the doughnuts- but sadly enough it was her child. no sentance could put her through more agonizing pain then knowing that. It would have been worth charging her if she wasn't at all moved but she was. i can't believe you people 'cast the stone' and want her to be even more punished. You all act taken back when you hear this story and immediatly want her charged but you know nothing of the situation.. her own husband forgave her and he cared more for this child then anyone who can point a finger, so why can't you? no compassion, i agree, you've said it perfectly here Mr. Borgman

at 9/16/07, 4:44 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey 12:14. Are you a member of her family or circle of friends ?? Why are you so quick to blindly accept her words, given the serious consequences of her deeds ?

at 9/16/07, 5:57 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

If the stress has caused this terrible mistake...

Relieve your stress -Mrs. S.--take a much needed break for the love of your own family

You were more worried about your poor scores on tests mandated by

Leave NO Child Behind

Now is the time to reevaluate priorities--Why would you not want to show your family where your heart really is?

Also be smart don't talk about how the car is worth and what a loss you will take...

I am a parent and it scares me that you even mentioned it.

at 9/16/07, 6:01 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...


Why did she say she could only get $4500 for the car now?

at 9/18/07, 6:45 PM Anonymous karla stamps said...

How about some compassion for the little 2 year who died? I am not on a witch hunt, just justice... Many of us are pushing, and will continue to push for a full investigation into not only this incident but also into the other facts which have come out. I guess it shouldn't come as such a shock that this woman has people backing her, even Ted Bundy had fans!

at 9/20/07, 2:02 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Staying close to the Shepherd

at 9/23/07, 3:37 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

how come the american republican christians bemoan the fact that america is going to hell (the democrats' fault of course) when they model their churches after corporate america, with all the pensions and stock options, fraud, etc.; it's as painful to go to church as it is to go to work!

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