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DAILY DOSE
D. Leonard | Kansas City, MO | December 07, 2016

I'm not sure I can cope with the next four years without a daily dose of Vitamin D.

CLOSE-UP
Joshua | London, UK | December 05, 2016

Re: CLOSE-UP: "Saw a phone instead of a coffee cup..." Actually, I see a brewski. Times changed not once but twice since 1987!

IRONY
T.J. Martin | Denver, CO | December 04, 2016

The underlying irony in today's strip is subservsive as well as sublime.

LOVE YOUR SITE
Rabbi Joel Berman | Anaheim, CA | December 02, 2016

I love your site, and, in addition to the insights and nostalgia from the strip and other features, I am especially fond of the daily videos.

CLOSE-UP
Misha | USA | November 29, 2016

I doubt I'm the only one who looked at the close-up of B.D. in today's 1987 strip and saw a phone instead of a coffee cup...

WHOOP-DE-DOO
Sherry O'Sullivan | Williams Lake, CANADA | November 29, 2016

Today's 1987 Doonesbury Classic reduced me to unbuttomed laughter (albeit rueful) at G.T.'s uncanny "deja vu all over again" powers. All of Boopsie's hype, disinformation, whoop-de-doo, reminds me poignantly of our own recent Dis-Harmonious Convergence! Does anyone have a monkey wrench?

HURT
Jason Thorn | Phoenix, AZ | November 28, 2016

I can respect "My honor, not yours," but this is B.D.'s wife. If someone did that to my wife, I would take names and pay visits. Not because of some caveman "property" issue, not because of some patriarchal obligation. If someone hurt the woman I loved, then they hurt me, even indirectly.

B.D.
James McFarlane | Cape Town, S.A. | November 28, 2016

Re: BRAVO. Actually, I'm not sure B.D.'s heart is in the right place. When he finally agreed to take Boopsie out to a restaurant after his infidelity on the cruise ship, he entered her in a Wet T-Shirt Contest! If she gave him a list of names, he'd be on it.

BRAVO
Alix | Pawtucket, RI | November 27, 2016

A million thank-yous for the last panel of today's strip. In five simple words ("It's my honor, not yours"), GBT managed to point out the essential fallacy behind an entire list of troubling traditions, from girls pledging their virginity till marriage (to their dads!) to the horror that is honor killings. A woman's sexuality belongs to her, not to any man in her life. B.D.'s heart's in the right place, but this isn't his battle. Bravo, bravo.

DISCRIMINATION
Carl | San Francisco, CA | November 24, 2016

In the strip 35 years ago today, young Howie says that the country wants sex discrimination in the face of the failing effort to pass the ERA. Now in 2016, the country suffers the prospect of a president-elect whose words, campaign, appointments, and supporters advocate not only sex discrimination but also discrimination on the basis of race, sexual orientation, ethnic origin, religion, and more. It's sad and infuriating that we still need to fight these battles. Discrimination dies hard. I'll be pleased and surprised if Trump does anything to advance the country's long national struggle to overcome discrimination and its many harms.

REPLACED
Roy S. | US of A | November 24, 2016

The 35-years-ago Flashback strip from 11-24-81 makes we wish we could find out whatever happened to Ellie and Howie. I expect that the "B" on Howie's baseball cap has been replaced with "Make America Great Again."

SOUND FAMILIAR?
Mike | Princeton, NJ | November 24, 2016

The 35-years-ago-today-Flashback-strip from 1981, about the battle for the Equal Rights Amendment,  has Howie telling Ellie "The boys won fair and square!...The country wants sex discrimination." Sound familiar?

YOUR STRIP
Dan Musicant | Berkeley, CA | November 23, 2016

Hey Garry, I want you to know that Doonesbury is the only comic I bother to read in the San Francisco Chronicle. I never miss the Sunday, and I check out the dailies when I notice them. So cool, and I love your politics. Today I read all the quotes about Trump's incipient presidency on the MUDLINE tickertape you have running across the top of the home page. It mirrors my thinking. Your strip is great, steady, valuable, necessary. Thanks so very much, and please please please keep it coming.

HELPED
Mona Stern | Gary, IN | November 21, 2016

Your strip about Der Gröpenfuhrer helped me no end. I will no longer cry over Mr. Trump, I will happily laugh at him.

NEW HOST
Chris F. | St. Augustine, FL | November 21, 2016

I love that you brought Arnold Schwarzenegger back in Sunday's strip, since he is going to be the new host of Celebrity Apprentice.

GREAT EXAMPLE
Lee Gugerty | Central, SC | November 20, 2016

Today's strip is a great example of using euphemism to justify one's bad actions, both to others and to oneself. This is pointed out in Steven Pinker's book The Better Angels of Our Nature. He quotes Orwell's description of how bombing villages and mass imprisonment are called "pacification" or "elimination of unreliable elements."

SECOND CLASS
Douglas Mitten | Sacramento, CA | November 20, 2016

Trump is the Gröpenfuhrer second class. Thanks for all the laughs over the years. Keep 'em coming.

ICON
Rich | US of A | November 20, 2016

Well, now we know what the new presidential icon will be in the strip. Brilliant delivery.

MOURNING
Susan Allen | Sparks, NV | November 20, 2016

I have recommended today's strip to every woman on my email list. While we are all in deep mourning for our hero Hillary, your work makes it more bearable with humor. I have great admiration for you and for your talented partner Jane.

BBC VIDEO
Craig Baumberger | Greenville, IL | November 19, 2016

Thanks for the BBC video on Saturday, "Is Donald Trump Racist?" It is strange to hear a white man, after white men have run America for three hundred years, whining about not getting to talk when he wants.