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TIMELY
Glenn Gordon | Racine, WI | April 26, 2017

Today's "Where's Korea?" strip, though 29 years old, is timely.

GEOGRAPHICAL IGNORANCE
Terry Posey | Crawfordville, FL | April 26, 2017

The student's geographical ignorance in today's strip is no worse than that among the current crop of social media experts. Gil should lean on his geometry expertise as he introduces the most basic foundation of geography -- the world is not flat, it is a sphere.

TEACHER FANTASY
Jahn Ghalt | Anchorage, AK | April 25, 2017

Given our math professor's heroic efforts to educate his students in geography, I can't resist sharing my "teacher fantasy." Whatever the subject, I would be sure to help my students understand their good fortune to be born in the wealthiest country in history that also respects individual liberty (pretty much like all of the West, Japan, South Korea, etc). To start would be a brief review of human history -- war, slavery, disease, and a very high mortality rate due to "neighborly" violence.

GEOGRAPHY
Melinda W. Capozza | Augusta, CA | April 25, 2017

Geography is a Jeopardy category?! Now I know I'm getting old, because it was a subject in elementary school -- even had a textbook, and tests you had to pass.

KUDOS
McAlvie | Washington, D.C. | April 24, 2017

Kudos to Gil for being willing to tackle the problem. I was thinking recently about all the hoopla over STEM skills and wondering why it has completely taken the place of concerns re basic literacy, geography, and -- last, but it should certainly not be least -- history and government. I do not argue the importance of STEM education, but the reality is that most of us do not use higher math in everyday life. But everyone needs to know how to read and write. Good writing skills equal good communication skills, and we are leaving the newer generations woefully unprepared -- to say nothing of the fact that kids today probably know less about U.S. history, and certainly less about how our government works, than at any other time in our history. The world's greatest nation is getting dumber all the time. Seventy years ago when my parents were growing up in a small, rural mountain town, people wanted their kids to get educated and have more opportunities. What happened? Make America great again: Encourage your children to learn something, so that the future isn't so scary. They'll have to deal with it anyway, at least help them prepare.

ART
John Ghalt | Anchorage, AK | April 24, 2017

GBT was right on the money with J.J.'s self-involved, self-aggrandizing, concept that Mike had thrown out "$300,000 worth" of her art. I believe that 1988 cartoon predates an incident at a London art museum in which a custodian doing after-hours cleaning took an installation's "found objects" to be trash.

GEOGRAPHY
Edward Cherlin | Columbus, IN | April 24, 2017

Gil is right. Geography is math. The lengths of days and nights at different latitudes and seasons, navigation, prevailing winds, weather, fractal coastlines, the Four Color Theorem, political redistricting, demographics, medal counts at the Olympics, the impact of Global Warming; something for everyone.

SWEET
Mark Miller | Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS | April 24, 2017

The forty-five-years-ago-today-Flashback strip is sweet: The christening of Walden Puddle.

GOOD TIMES
Patti H. | Rome, NY | April 23, 2017

Wow! The Flashbacks page gave us a momentous week in Doonesbury history: a wedding, another wedding, the birth of Samantha, and the founding of the Walden Commune. Good times, great memories!

ROLAND HEDLEY
Maryhelen Posey | Calgary, CANADA | April 21, 2017

Now that I see that Roland Hedley also associates Trump's armada with the Armada, as I did, I'd like to suggest that everyone should recall what happened to the Armada.

DOOLITTLE RAID
John Brennand | Maple Ridge, CANADA | April 19, 2017

Today's DAILY BRIEFING article on the Doolittle Raid of 1942 gave me reason for a sad smile. While it is true that Col. Cole is the last survivor of that Army Airforce mission, it will live on in literary form. In Craig Johnson's Walt Longmire series, there is a secondary character named Lucian Connolly, the retired sheriff of the fictional Absaroka County. Variously described as mean, cranky, feisty or other generally negative adjectives, he resides in Mr. Johnson's novels as a tribute to the brave, if not foolhardy, flyers who undertook that mission. Live long and prosper, Col. Cole.

45-YEARS-AGO STRIP
Charles MacBride | Sioux Falls, SD | April 17, 2017

I love reading the Flashback strips, especially the very early ones, and watching the evolution of the visual style (not to mention the gang themselves). Yesterday's 45-years-ago strip seemed like a pretty substantial jump forward in the care, craft, and detail of the drawings. The fourth panel especially, with its perspective view of Mike and Mark walking towards the frame, seems like a bold, graphic step forward. So to speak.

BOOKSELLER
Maryhelen Posey | Calgary, CANADA | April 14, 2017

Thank you for "Emergency Room for the Mind," about the fourth-generation bookseller in Jordan. How have I not known about Atlas Obscura? Now I have another site I must visit every day!

GIGGLE
Melinda Capozza | Augusta, GA | April 11, 2017

Re today's Classic strip: "Hard bodies and soft minds" could be said of many people. As usual, Garry, you make me giggle.

ACCIDENTLY?
Patrick Furness | Bel Air, MD | April 11, 2017

"Accidently?" I was ready to chide GBT or his editor on letting a typo slip through in panel three of today's strip. Then I thought I'd better check, just in case I was the bad speller, and whaddya know, I learned something. Words can have more than one correct spelling. 

WHY SETTLE?
Edward Cherlin | Columbus, IN | April 09, 2017

Why settle for the evil that Trump does? Write your own Trump Executive Order here.

TODAY'S STRIP
Brian Harvey | Berkeley, CA | April 09, 2017

I don't get today's strip. The Executive Orders Trump signs in public are evil too.

GO GET 'EM
Melinda Capozza | Augusta, GA | April 09, 2017

I love today's strip -- especially the first two panels. Go get 'em, Garry.

AVID READER
Fred Waiss | Prairie du Chien, WI | April 08, 2017

I was, and am, an avid reader of Doonesbury -- pretty much from the start of the strip. But in the late '80s I was in a small town in Nebraska and their paper did not carry it, so all this with Mike and J.J. is new to me. Thanks, Garry, for the Classic reruns.

MYSTERY
Maryhelen Posey | Calgary, CANADA | April 06, 2017

Thank you, thank you for the wonderful DAILY BRIEFING article from Smithsonian! I might well have missed it, but I have been enamoured of the Minoan/Mycenaean mystery of since I was a teenager. And what a wonderful alternative to reading about Trump!