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A clear example of the prescient nature of the political cartoons created in the early 20th century by Jay Norwood “Ding” Darling, this one, titled “Our Engineers Plan Water Uses for Everything Except Nature’s Objectives,” foretold the reality of losing water resources. Like many of his Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoons, in its complexity it pokes fun at a number of political blunders – from the dikes of New Orleans to draining important wetlands. As we celebrate the 75th anniversary of the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Dec. 1, 2020, we look back at his cartooning philosophy: “Every cartoon,“ should have a little medicine, a little sugar-coating, and as much humor as the subject will bear.”