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OH DEAR
Patti H. | Rome, NY | October 17, 2017

Oh dear. The 40-years-ago-today and 45-years-ago-today strips on the Flashback page are particularly pertinent and poignant this week.

THE SAME
Glenn Gordon | Racine, WI | October 16, 2017

Today's Classic strip: The more things change, the more they stay the same...

THIS ONE
Edward Cherlin | Columbus, IN | October 12, 2017

I know this one! It's the stateroom scene from A Night at the Opera by the Marx Brothers!

HONEY'S MARRIAGE
Ronald | North Little Rock, AR | October 10, 2017

At least Honey's marriage to Duke lasted long enough for them to co-found Honeydukes Chocolates in Hogsmeade Village, Scotl -- no -- wait a minute...

EDITORIAL CARTOONING
Alan Smithee | Philadelphia, PA | October 09, 2017

I'm still blown away by Doonesbury. So-very-smart editorial cartooning. Trudeau, Pat Oliphant, and Signe Wilkinson are the best. I wish G.B. would go back to the daily strip...

MICHAEL CLEVELAND
Rick | US of A | October 08, 2017

Thank you so much for today's video introducing me to Michael Cleveland! He's wonderful!

TIMING
G. Roberts | UNITED KINGDOM | October 08, 2017

Timing is all. The morning after I watch a TV doco on the pros and cons of legalisng pot here in the UK, Zonker reports in on his latest, presumably already street-legal US crop. Brilliant.

STRIP
Paula | Durham, NC | October 06, 2017

Thanks. Just thanks, for all the pleasure and funny pain you've provided over the years. Your strip is a National Treasure.

DE NILE
Edward Cherlin | Columbus, IN | October 05, 2017

A boating accident on de Nile? What a lovely simile. I remember those days. There was a lot of denial on many sides, then and for a long time: AIDS was a punishment from God, including on rape victims and their babies; HIV wasn't the cause of AIDS; the FDA knew of cures but wouldn't approve them. I had Nigerian friends assure me with great certainty that the virus was a CIA plot to kill off all Africans. The worst delusion I know of was that sex with a virgin (in practice, raping little girls) could cure AIDS.

For years now we have had real knowledge. One of the most important things we have known for a while is that AIDS patients with the virus suppressed cannot normally pass HIV on, so that San Francisco and other places have detailed plans to get to zero new cases. Here's a link to the International Journal of Preventive Medicine's "Zero New HIV Infections, Zero Discrimination, and Zero AIDS-Related Deaths: Feasible Goals or Ambitious Visions on the Occasion of the World AIDS Day?"

OH WELL
Paul | North Canton, OH | October 04, 2017

A big thank you for the "Oh Well" video the other day -- one of my all-time favorites from my college years. Great album too, Then Play On. Thanks for stirring the memories.

HEF
Scott Fletcher | London, UK | September 28, 2017

Hef is dead and I'm worried that the silk-pajama and velvet-smoking-jacket trades won't be able to take the fall in demand. I see Boopsie was Babe of Honor at Hef's 1989 nuptials. Do you have pictures?

Editor's Note:

 Indeed. And here's another.

REMISSION
Simon Kneebone | Sydney, AUSTRALIA | September 28, 2017

Australia is heading towards being AIDS-free. I think the current CLASSICS story arc on Andy's remission and (spoiler alert) eventual succumbing to the disease, is among the very finest work Mr Trudeau has done.

FEMINISM
Amphibious | Donegal, IRELAND | September 27, 2017

Boopsie has come a long way since the Walden commune daze, when Nichole tried to interest her in feminism.

MISSING LINK
Derek S. | Peoria, IL | September 26, 2017

On the FLASHBACKS page, the 20-Years-Ago-Today strip is still being represented by a string of bad code. What is the correct archive link for that strip? I'd like to keep up with the flow. Thanks.

Editor's Note:

 We have a tech repair pending on that. Meanwhile, here's a link to today's 20-Years-Ago strip, from which you'll be able to click forward all week. Sorry for the inconvenience.

FEMINISM
Tom | San Francisco, CA | September 24, 2017

Re today's strip: The throwaway panels are pretty silly -- gender identity isn't something one chooses -- but the rest of today's Doonesbury is spot-on. Whenever I hear or read someone saying, "I'm not a feminist," I jump. How could anyone not be a feminist?

No matter which wave of feminism, feminism boils down to the same questions. Should women have the autonomy to make their own decisions, to determine their own life path? Should women and girls have the same access to education, employment, recreation, public discourse and influence, personal safety, health care, and the fulfillment of other basic needs, that men and boys do? Should anyone be subjected to violence because of their sex or gender?

Given the high numbers of child brides all around the world, the fact that child marriage is still legal (with parental "consent," which can often mean "command") in every state of this country, and the prevalence of human trafficking in this country, we need feminism now more than ever. Feminism is the right of every child to grow up unmolested and whole, safe and sound, regardless of gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation. It's also the right of every child to grow up with guidance to help them steer clear from becoming perpetrators of sexual cruelty. We need feminism so badly these days. For all of our children.

ONE OF THE BEST
Tom Wojcik | Toronto, CANADA | September 24, 2017

Just read today's strip and laughed out loud. Had to show it to my 22-year-old feminist daughter, who never reads comics and had to be told which direction the panels went. She loved it!! One of the best Doonesbury comics of all time. Great Job!

SAM'S ATTITUDE
Terry Layman | Newbury, UK | September 24, 2017

The longevity of GBT and his creations is partially due to his prescience and ability to incorporate such in his story lines. It took 25 years for his strips on DJT running for president ("Okay, but if you did run for Congress..." "President. Think president.") to come true. It took 15 years for his strips with myfacts.com (and Noah’s Ark with the drownable dinosaurs) to describe the world view of many. May I live long enough to see Sam's attitude wide-spread in society and, more importantly, accurate.

FEMINISM
Melinda Capoza | Augusta, GA | September 24, 2017

Re: today's strip on modern-day feminism: My daughter and I have discussed the situation quite a few times. She tends to be harsh about young women who take supposed equality for granted, while dressing hooker-chic sometimes and/or acting like a Stepford wife. Furthermore, she's aggravated that my generation spent time on the barricades, struggling so hard for gender equality and the right to control our own bodies, only to see that some young women do not appreciate our efforts and gains. On the other hand, I have reached an age, and attitude, at which "People are what they are, and do what they do" is somewhat comforting to my ideals, which have neither changed nor dwindled.

TRUMP
Chris W. | US of A | September 24, 2017

I wonder if I am missing the Trump reference in this week's strip. It's not Doonesbury if it's not keeping DJT at the forefront of our attention. Kim and Alex showed us a couple months ago that nothing is important if it doesn't involve Trump. People didn't watch the Emmys because they cared about TV shows, they wanted to hear about Trump.

WRONG?
Richard Hart | Luton, ENGLAND | September 24, 2017

Are Sam's ideas about feminism so wrong? The fact is feminism manages to be about equality of opportunity in some minds and equality of outcome in others. These are two diametrically opposed idea in philosophical terms, with one having its roots in freedom and the other in communism. Then there are feminists popular with media outlets whose publicly stated views imply in the strongest possible way that women are superior to men. Feminism, like any idea left lying around for long enough is going to find itself hijacked by some pretty nasty people and made to serve their ends.