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  • CLASSIC

    Ronald | North Little Rock, AR | July 10, 2019

    Re today's Classic strip: "Jeepers." I like that. Not nearly enough people say "jeepers" any more...

  • REAGAN

    Dave | Elmira, NY | July 04, 2019

    Thank you for the July 4 "Say What?" from Ronald Reagan. That farewell speech was one of the best he ever made: "We lead the world because, unique among nations, we draw our people, our strength, from every country and corner of the world. And by doing so we continuously renew and enrich our nation."

  • ADVENTURE

    Allen Levine | Toronto, CANADA | July 03, 2019

    If adventure has a name, it's -- The Red Rascal! Raspberry. Whatever.

  • RED RASPBERRY

    Thomas Shoesmith | New York, NY | June 30, 2019

    Did the Red Raspberry (Rascal, whatever) really say he was there to "affect" regime change? I guess that's the result of spending too much time in the mountains of Afghanistan and not enough in school.

  • LAUGHING MATTERS

    Gar Smith | Berkeley, CA | June 30, 2019

    Hi Garry. I love the strip but today's installment troubled me. Showing the assassination of the leader of a foreign country could serve to "normalize" the possibility. Because there is no critical context for the action depicted, this could further trouble Iran's leaders. There's a similar problem with Mark Tatulli's strip Lio and his frequent depictions of nuclear rockets and mushroom clouds. Neither nuclear war nor the assassination of foreign leaders are laughing matters.

  • REFERENCE POINTS OF SANITY

    Kevin W. Donovan | Decatur, GA | June 26, 2019

    We all have our reference points of sanity and Doonesbury has always been one of mine. I've been a reader from the early '70s and when Mike (and I) graduated from college in 1983, I endured many of the same job market struggles in NYC as he did. Thank you Garry, and please hang in there, because we need you now more than ever.  

  • GBT WITH JANE PAULEY

    Patti H. | Rome, NY | June 24, 2019

    It was great seeing GBT with Jane Pauley on CBS Sunday Morning again yesterday! I gotta tell you, when he read out the strip of B.D.'s grievous wounding, I got goosebumps.

  • SAD

    James Garner | North Little Rock, AR | June 19, 2019

    Another GBT crystal ball home run with the 15-years-ago-today Flashback strip. A most sad prescient view. 

  • YOU AND COLBERT

    Tiger69 | Animas Forks, CO | June 15, 2019

    First, a salute to “Ole Guy” (below). As a 72-year-old aspiring curmudgeon myself, I identify with him as if he were my father. Like Ole Guy, I could not have made it this far and kept my sanity without the conspiratorial observations and humor of you and Colbert.

  • RESCUE

    Melinda Capozza | Huntington, IN | June 14, 2019

    Re Sunday's strip: Joanie expecting Lacey (of 20-years demise) to rescue us from Trumpdom -- Lacey's too nice, and of civil manners. Can you imagine DT's tweets on her? But I suspect that all the candidates have people who are discussing DT's lack of manners and morals. What worries me is his crusade to obliterate every bit of Obama that he can.

  • LACEY

    Roger Webb | Little Rock, AR | June 14, 2019

    It was great to see Lacey in Sunday's strip even if she was a figment. I had been hoping for an appearance. For me, she was the last good Republican, a symbol of the old WASP upper class. I remember the day when, as she left to work on taxes and deficit spending, Dick reminded her that they were rich. The real world version was G.H.W. Bush, and Lord knows, he compromised his principles to stay in the Republican game. If Lacey's people had stayed in control of the Republican Party after 1960, I could have imagined being one. I watched the Party go evil from a prime seat in the South.  

  • JOANIE

    Brian Harvey | Berkeley, CA | June 09, 2019

    No, no. Joanie supported Elizabeth Warren back in the day. I hope she hasn't really come to think that centrist not-making-waves is the way to beat Trump! ("The country yearns for calm, for decency, for common sense!") 

  • MEDICAL MARIJUANA

    Bluejay Young | Bloomington, IN | June 05, 2019

    Today's Classic Doonesbury strip may be where the education of the general public about medical marijuana really got started. It was sort of vaguely known that marijuana helped with chemo side effects, but this storyline seems to have brought it to the forefront.

  • OLE GUY

    Emiel Meisel | Culver City, CA | May 24, 2019

    Thanks!! As a 94-plus year ole guy -- a true curmudgeon -- thanks for makin' me laugh every mornin'. I love you, Garry; your strip has as much to do with my longevity as anything I can think of -- except my two-plus years in Paris, my 24 years as an ex-pat in Mexico, and finally, my almost 69 years of wedded bliss with my wife Harriette! Thanks from one curmudgeon to another.

    -- Emiel aka Emiliano aka ole guy 

  • #@*!

    Peter Baird | Stevenson Ranch, CA | May 20, 2019

    #@*! For the first time in nearly fifty years I'm identifying with B.D. Baby ducks, baby ducks, baby ducks...

  • NUANCES

    J.C. Charles | Portland, ME | May 17, 2019

    Mike and Zonk are reading the wrong letters. I've been reflecting for months on the subtle nuances in your drawings. I'm amazed you can communicate the poignancy of humanity so accurately. Thank you!

  • DUDESS

    John Ghalt | Anchorage, AK | May 16, 2019

    I quite agree that the deplorable "dudette" disrespectively diminishes "dudess" -- though I like a well-placed solecism as much as the next corrupter of standard usage. For instance, I once heard my daughter exclaim to her mother: "DUDE! MOM!" 

  • BEST

    Dane Winberg | Pueblo, CO | May 16, 2019

    Today's strip, last panel: I love this self-referential humor. This is the best example I've seen in a long time.

  • DUDESS

    Jim Milstein | Pagosa Springs, CO | May 15, 2019

    Good to see in a recent Doonesbury Classic strip that Zonker is using the proper feminine form of "dude," which, ever since Mark Twain, should be "dudess." It is a deplorable solecism to use "dudette." Some dudesses are large. To squeeze them into a dimunutive like "dudette" is disrespectful.

  • JOANIE CAUCUS

    David Hallett | St. John's, CANADA | May 14, 2019

    I just realized that Joanie Caucus made her debut on 9/11 (in 1972). A positive moment to hold up against the more negative later associations with that date.