Keith Bell a cartoonist for the Roswell Daily Record is no stranger to controversy and offensive caricatures. Bell, who forever linked Robert Maples with the image of a urinal , should be held accountable for irresponsible and often false portrayals of the facts. It is true that Robert Maples has offended many, but Maples is a good man who did not deserve the tasteless association of Urinal with his good name.
The truth is that Keith Bell has no core values in any of his cartoons. He is a talented cartoonist whose efforts create shock value or temporary sensationalism. He is a hired gun with no discernible political affiliation(updated point of view: Keith is pretty far to the right)
Keith Bell’s cartoon suggesting that property taxes will go down if Bond C is defeated is another example of a poorly researched point of view and proof that Keith Bell produces cartoons that fits the political views of whoever his current boss happens to be. I guess we are all prostitutes to some extent.
NMMI superintendent Jerry Grizzle did a great job of suppressing his disdain for Bell while composing a letter to the editor of the RDR. The NMMI head honcho smoothly refuted Bell’s very weak position while enumerating the benefits to the community and higher education if Bond C passes. I now better understand, a couple of years later,why Keith vehemently opposes giving ENMU any money.
Keith Bell is a little bit of loose cannon. Guys like him are a dime a dozen(updated point of view: he is actually a cut above many cartoonist who have sold out to their employer, and no this is not an implication that he has sold out to his!), but his employer the RDR should be held accountable if enough of his nonsense cartoons leak into circulation.
However his humorous way of characterizing the absurdities of every day life are priceless, and I have never seen him disrespect one’s choice of religion even when it involves murdering people who were openly critical and insulting of another’s religion.