Let’s catch up on the political cartoonists’ takes on recent social and political issues: for example, the Corona virus pandemic, the Jan. 6th attack on the Capitol, U.S. involvement in the Middle East, racism and “critical race theory,” and, of special concern to the cartoonists, freedom of speech.  We’ll look at a wide variety of opinions on these issues.  As cartoonist Signe Wilkinson (Philadelphia Daily News) says, “Let the controversies be the beginning of conversations, not the end.”