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THE GRAY LADY
Marcia | Boulder, CO | April 01, 2011

The current Straw Poll about the Gray Lady is well timed! I was waffling between trying to squeeze by on 20 articles/month or ponying up, and Doonesbury made the difference. Real journalism must survive. My monthly NPR donation puts the $15 to the Times in the shade -- why was I even hesitating? Of course, if they'd thrown the Crossword Puzzle into the price of the subscription, I wouldn't have. The WaPo puzzle page is still free.

BMZKLFRPZ
Mary L. Grabski | Florence, WI | March 31, 2011

Supreme, exalted, unrealistic President for Life Bmzklfrpz must be Scott Walker's role model.

EVASIVE ANSWERS
Benjamin Watson | Mansfield, CT | March 31, 2011

"What part of president-for-life do you not understand?" That phrase is remarkably similar to my Swiss Army knife of evasive answers: "I do not see how that is relevant to the present conversation." Keep it up, President Bmzklfrpz!

ANXIOUSLY WAITING
Roger Webb | Little Rock, AR | March 31, 2011

I am anxiously waiting to see the Red Rascal story continue. Surely something good -- and outrageous -- will come of this.

SINCE DAY ONE
Gary Ely | Huntsville, AL | March 30, 2011

Your current Duke story line may be the best ever. I have been reading the strip since day one and I cannot remember another more compelling, funny and must-read than this one.

DIDN'T YOU KNOW?
Tim | Vancouver, CANADA | March 29, 2011

Hey Duke, didn't you know? You break it, you own it!

KARMA
Andrew Page | Acton, MA | March 29, 2011

Duke has discovered karma.

DUKE
D.G. Gar | Manchester, UK | March 29, 2011

Poor old Duke! Perhaps the Red Rascal will have to do another extraction.

MAYHEM
Richard | Olympia, WA | March 29, 2011

I really appreciate the para-military, sorta-psycho (see "Sons of Guns") inter-generational mayhem. Thanks. The bitter-sweet soft-sided presentation makes it far more palatable than my personal intensity would allow. By the way, Duke deserves to bunk with one of his clients. What goes around, comes around...

HARD TO FIND
Joe Morice | O'Fallon, MO | March 28, 2011

I've been reading Doonesbury for a lot of years. These days, it's hard to find clever humor that deals in the hypocrisy and subsequent humor of US policy. My thanks to you for bringing smiles and laughter in a time of hate and sadness. Today's strip brought a belly laugh.

MORE
Stephanie Bolduc | Natick, MA | March 28, 2011

Oh how I love Alex and Toggle. Please can we have more of them? Sunday's strip was fantastic!

CLIFFHANGERS
Allie | Gettysburg, PA | March 28, 2011

I hate cliffhangers. Didn't like them in "Batman," (yeah, the corny one) when I was a kid. Don't like them in comics now. I blame my inner child. I want more Rascal.

 

TRIBUTE
Pete | Hillsdale, NJ | March 27, 2011

Even if unintentional, today's Flashback ski strip from 40 years ago is a nice homage to "Get Smart."

RECOVERED
Larry S. | Delaware, OH | March 25, 2011

Today's strip about Bernie's aLIST idea reassures us that he has recovered from his moment of madness ten years ago -- seen today on the Flashbacks page -- when he said that he would only sell boring stuff that people really need.

JEFF
John N. | Columbia, SC | March 25, 2011

Jeff is America, sort of, sometimes.

GENERATION GAP REDUX
Mike Stiles | Portland, OR | March 24, 2011

I see Jeff as the Generation Gap Redux. Now it's the damn kids with their Xboxes instead of the damn kids with their grass and communes. The Boomers' views of Gen-Y is just as jaundiced as the views about the Boomers 40 years ago.

NATURAL CONSEQUENCE
Jack Cerf | Chatham, NJ | March 23, 2011

The Red Rascal is the natural consequence of two generations of educating children in unearned self-esteem.

GPS
Steve | Wadsworth, OH | March 23, 2011

I just got the Charlie Sheen GPS. Every time I make a correct turn -- "Winning!"

ESCAPADES
Anne | Belfast, N. IRELAND | March 23, 2011

Red Rascal's escapades make Ray Hightower's awful problems more poignant and real. I see Jeff as a 21st-century version of Voltaire's Candide -- triumphing despite his naivete, through a series of improbable adventures that echo current or recent historical events.

RE "NOT ENAMORED"
Treva Obbard | CALIFORNIA | March 23, 2011

Comparing Jeff to Ray is like comparing Stephanie Meyer to Shakespeare (no offense to Twilight fans). We all care about Ray, and know that he's doing the hard stuff, and I don't know about you, but I genuinely worry if he'll be alright. Jeff I don't worry about, because killing Jeff would be like killing Bambi. It just can't happen...