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STILL ENJOY
W.W. B. | Concord, CA | November 17, 2017

I just turned 50 years old a few weeks ago. As an individual whose parents did not encourage television, when I was still in elementary school I found Doonesbury -- a comic I still enjoy, both in the newspaper and in the books I own. Your work is wonderful! And Uncle Duke is in the dollhouse I built and decorated on my own. Fare thee well.

MR. BUTTS
Ronald | North Little Rock, AR | November 16, 2017

I presume that Mr. Butts knows that what he's saying is right-wing Reaganite propaganda. In which case it doesn't make much sense for him to be spewing it to the one entity(?) in the world who more than anyone else knows just how true it isn't.

CALM RATIONALITY
John Ghalt | Anchorage, AK | November 16, 2017

Good to see that GBT was (in the guise of Mr. Jay) the voice of calm rationality vis-à-vis pleasure drugs. The contrast with the blustering prohibitionist (and tobacco propagandist) Mr. Butts was (and still is) illuminating. Butts may be right in one narrow way; given that Prohibition makes pot and the rest of the pleasure drugs more available to kids than liquor, pot may actually be a "gateway" to booze.

NOT FUNNY?
Mary Collins | Long Creek, SC | November 16, 2017

Trump not funny? Maybe not intentionally. But pointing out his absurdities in GT's incomparable way is what many of us fans live for!

TRUMP
Grant H. | Hamilton, CANADA | November 16, 2017

To paraphrase yesterday's Say What? Trump quote: "While in the Philippines I was forced to confront reality, which I have not done in months, and again realized how bad, and fake, it is. Loser!" Please keep punching. Looking back, via the Doonesbury Flashbacks page, anyone can see how you keep on a theme for multiple strips. It's an education in recent history.

SMOKING TIP
Amphibious | Donegal, IRELAND | November 15, 2017

Yesterday we saw Mr. Jay pinch out his smoking tip, but in today's strip, Duke is sucking that end...

NOT FUNNY
Travis Thornhill | Austin, TX | November 15, 2017

I've looked at your old comics online; they used to be funny. Please make a new type of comic not involving Trump, because whenever I read the comics Sunday morning it's not funny anymore.

REGRET
Ash | Chandler, AZ | November 12, 2017

I loved today's strip -- but you forgot about the further comment Obama made that night, one I think we will all live to regret: "Say what you will about Mr. Trump, he certainly would bring some change to the White House." Sigh...

REALITY
Terry D. McGee | Sydney, AUSTRALIA | November 12, 2017

It seems that Mark Slackmeyer has identified the exact historical moment when reality was changed by one Obama joke too many, moving the presidential spotlight onto Donald Trump, where it was captured and held, for no light can escape a centre of gravity as vast and dense as his ego.

THANKS
Edward Cherlin | Columbus, IN | November 12, 2017

Right on, Mark! It's Obama's fault that Republicans can't pass TrumpDon'tCare, or The 2017 Tax Cut Cut Cut Cut Bill, or bring back coal, or build the darn wall. It's his fault that the Mueller investigation and the Congressional investigations and the media investigations won't go away. It's his fault that the White Supremacists are outing themselves. And worst of all, it's Obama's fault that the Supreme Court is about to declare partisan gerrymandering unconstitutional, and there are Democratic challengers to tens of thousands of Republicans for the midterms, far more than in the Tea Party wave. Thanks, Obama!

MR. BUTTS
RONALD | North Little Rock, AR | November 11, 2017

So, within the strip's universe, even the cops can see, and touch, Mr. Butts? Seriously, I do not get how this stuff works...

THANKS
Maerzie | Florence, WI | November 11, 2017

Well, it looks like the 1989 strips were written by a stoner, but the Mudline is still excellent! Thanks.

ONLINE HARASSMENT
George | Tequesta, FL | November 08, 2017

Re today's video about the online harassment of women: Here's a simple test for all the brave, anonymous e-mailers as to whether your comment is appropriate or not. If your message was addressed to your mother, sister, wife, aunt, grandmother, would you still press the "send" button?

PARODY
Melinda W. Capozza | Augusta, GA | November 08, 2017

If Roland and the "live drug bust" was intended to be a parody of Geraldo Rivera, it was a good one: such a true picture.

THOSE DARN KIDS
Amphibious | Donegal, IRELAND | November 07, 2017

Mama is right in a way -- it is those darn kids, raised on who knows what. Roboclad jump-out squads, somehow content to be a force that only needs to be pointed at a target, no need for cogitation. A prescient look at the late-teens 21st Century.

RESISTANCE
Cy Birr | Maumelle, AR | November 06, 2017

Speaking of resistance: Sunday's strip mentions the fake words "venti" and "grande." I just say "I'll have a large." It's my own small morning victory every time I order.

IT'S CLEAR
Lark | Littleton, MA | November 05, 2017

It's true, it's here. Have no fear. From the inner dialog, it's clear: Mike is secretly Underdog!

JELLYFISH
Ted Whitham | Bangor, ME | November 02, 2017

I've never forgotten B.D.'s line from the 45-years-ago-today strip: "He's a psychopathic jellyfish." Poor George McGovern.

ROLAND
David | Poppi, ITALY | October 31, 2017

When Roland tweets about the "dying comic," does he understand his own existence is threatened?

INTEGRITY
Yeti | Slush, CO | October 29, 2017

Roland finally locates his long-misplaced integrity! His days at Fox are numbered.