Humor can inform and break down stigma, which is a huge issue in the military.
I've never taken any issue off the table for lack of suitability. Only for lack of imagination.
Medical decisions have been politicized. What doctor wants a state legislator in his consulting room?
Well, it's a humor strip, so my first responsibility has always been to entertain the reader... But if, in addition, I can help move readers to thought and judgment about issues that concern me, so much the better.
When you're young, with less on the line, it's easier to be audacious, to experiment. So I introduced the concerns of my generation - politics, sex, drugs, rock-and-roll, etc. - to the comics page, which for many years caused a rolling furor.