My backwoods mother had a saying, "No one kicks a dead horse." I think of that saying every time I read a letter criticizing Bret Kofford. His detractors accuse him of name- calling, then call him worse names. They do this because they are out of sync with Bret's brand of humor.
Writing a humor column, or "trying to be funny" in any way, is a perilous venture. It can be hazardous to the humorist's health or to his well-being.
Like beauty, humor lies almost entirely in the perceptions and receptiveness of the beholder.
Worse, what seems funny one day may seem reprehensible the next, even to the same person. The mood of the beholder at any given time affects his receptivity.
Some people have no sense of humor. Like Rose Niland of "Golden Girls" fame, they take everything literally. The subtle nuances of sophisticated humor are lost on them. They don't understand irony or hyperbole or the value of comical imaging.