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Dan Duffy | Durham, NC | March 26, 2013

John! I last saw him in Ha Noi, 1994, weeks after Viet Nam granted Americans with visas permission to travel freely there. He played the Soviet Youth Friendship Palace, biggest venue in town, with surely not enough seats to make his nut. We were doing the same thing, opening up our countries at personal expense. I would not have been caught dead at a John Denver show under any other circumstance. I married the Foreign Business School student who invited me to that concert. We're divorced, John is dead, and his music that night remains a lovely memory.

Deric | Colorado Springs, CO | March 26, 2013

All right! Some of us in the Springs will welcome the Zonk man, as well as his industry -- we need jobs not funded by the Defense Department or the VA.

Jack Wallick | Colorado Springs, CO | March 26, 2013

Please send Zonk, I mean Kevin, to Colorado Springs! GBT could shred this place.

Barb | Bend, OR | March 26, 2013

How sweet it is, to see John Denver mentioned in the strip again. Poor Duke, he never did appreciate his musical neighbor. I am saddened to see that Mr. Denver is not mentioned in either Duke's or Zeke's biographies, nor are they listed on Mr. Denver's Wikipedia page. But again, it's good to see his name in the strip once more, and just in time for his tribute album! "It's a Colorado rocky mountain high/ I've seen it rainin' fire in the sky ..."

Jack Amott | Salt Lake City, UT | March 25, 2013

I thought last week's storyline was more about gently poking fun at Biden and Boehner (and those before them) when they have to sit behind the POTUS during the State of the Union speech. It is so distracting to watch them. Biden is such an enthusiastic Home Team Rooter, and Boehner seems to be thinking about not tipping his hand to the wrong people. He also looks generally like the doctor just told him he was going to be experiencing some "mild discomfort."

Seven | Alexandria, VA | March 25, 2013

Today's strip is truly "living the dream!" Hopefully someday I will find my traction. Many thanks for making my day!

Everyman | Longyearbyen, SVALBARD | March 24, 2013

If Jeff wants more women to buy his book, then he needs to include vampires in it. Then again, no one cares about Afghanistan any more, so I doubt anyone will buy it even if he does.

Ed Cherlin | Columbus, IN | March 24, 2013

Sorry, Zip, Jeff has a deeper problem getting women to relate to him. He is currently a metaphor for Reince Priebus's attempt to get the party of The War on Everybody and "legitimate rape" to look at itself. Eww!

Allie | Zurich, SWITZERLAND | March 23, 2013

Would somebody please tell me why, after all these decades in law and on the Hill, Joanie is taking real-time coaching, and from a child young enough to be her granddaughter? *facepalm*

Ed Cherlin | Columbus, IN | March 22, 2013

I couldn't be in the background of a Senate hearing. I would be falling off my chair laughing. I do love C-SPAN.

John McQueen | Chantilly, VA | March 22, 2013

Let's see. Ronald Reagan left office c. two weeks shy of his 78th b-day. Nancy Pelosi now nears 73. Last November, the twentysomething Reagan fan Luke Russert took it on himself to scold the House minority leader for "failing to make way for" a "younger" colleague. Enter Joanie -- now 74 or 75. Evidently, so long as nepotism, sexism, and George-Burns-knows-what trump feminism, the term "senior stateswoman" will remain as rare as hen's (make that rooster's) teeth. Till things change in the world at large, if Betty White could pop in to put Joanie's afflicters in their place, I'd be grateful.

Hannah Purdy | Branford, CT | March 21, 2013

As a new mom, I acutely feel Alex's pregnancy anxiety and jealousy, especially as her body contorts to carry twins. Bravo to her great relationship, and to Toggle's sweetness. I'm happy to see Alex continue to develop as a complex character, not always lovable, as none of us are.

Sue Lester | Comstock Park, MI | March 21, 2013

I have a feeling that if Joanie confers with Senator Warren, Miss Ponytail may by looking for a new job.

Brett Pantalone | Pittsboror, NC | March 21, 2013

As a 44-year-old male, if my wife told me she was going to appear on C-SPAN, the question "What are you going to wear?" would never enter my mind. Yet, somehow GBT gets me to empathize with Joanie and see things from her point of view. That's one definition of damn good writing.

Francesca | SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA | March 20, 2013

Unfortunately, the young "minions" who work with Sen. Warren are all about social media. Consequently, looking good (read "hot") on iphone, Skype and TV is a priority. This is a generation that is having their "lady parts" surgically revised to look better visually, for goodness sake. With financed plastic surgery a given, it's all about delivering your message while looking young and hot no matter how long in the tooth. Think Susan Lucci and get with the program, Joanie!

A.B. | New York, NY | March 20, 2013

I so badly wanted to see Joanie reply to her younger colleague, "You know what? I've been fighting since before you were born so that women can be valued for what we do, not for how we look. I'm appropriately dressed and my hair is combed, and if that's good enough for all of the men who show up in the C-Span feed, then it's good enough for me." In fact I was counting on it. I know it's a comic strip, but every once in a while I need vindication.

John Brennand | Langley, CANADA | March 19, 2013

I feel Joanie's pain and confusion. I look in the mirror and while I see the grey hairs on my head and the white ones in my beard, I still see the face that was there when I was eighteen. People of my parents' generation have gotten older, and some of my contemporaries are showing the ravages of age, but I am still the same. Aren't I?

Norm Benson | Lower Lake, CA | March 19, 2013

Thanks. After 40 years of following Doonesbury (I started following in college during the 70s), I still love it.

John Muller | Colleyville, TX | March 19, 2013

Hmm. Second wave feminism seems to be well past its crest, eh? At least Joanie is still getting paid for her childcare work!

Ilyn Murphy | Providence, RI | March 19, 2013

Joanie is taking it hard, but she needed that. We definitely don't want to lose sight of the big things, but a little fluffing and buffing now and then can improve morale at any age and help prevent grimness from settling in. Excuse me, I have to go now. I just remembered it's time for my quinquennial appointment at the nail salon...