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ABUSE OF GRAMMAR
Gary Warner, KVIA-TV Anchor (retired) | El Paso, TX | June 09, 2016

Until I read the June 5th Sunday strip. I thought no one else had noticed ABC's abuse of grammar. A year ago, I sent the item below to ABC World News Tonight. So far, no reply.

"Abusing grammar...spurring me to write. Your fine product is mostly first rate, except when you incorrectly conjugate. What would Koppel say, or Jennings? “Too much verbing with i-n-g endings!” Restoring good practice, this is my errand. Halt misuse, please, of the poor little gerund! One more thing and then that’s all, about those other verbs, gone AWOL. Your news copy is replete with sentences incomplete! Do you not find that it disturbs when lonely subjects have no verbs? For young journalists starting anew, exampling you, not what they should do. They may seek to emulate your fine Mr. Muir, mistakenly thinking his language is pure. As for me, Walt Whitman I am not. About verse and meter I know not a lot. But I wrote much news in my career and strove for correctness year after year. Please, it is your help I beseech to promote proper parts of speech. Copy can be dynamic with correct grammar. Just write with a pen instead of a hammer."

FUNNY
Allan Levine | Toronto, CANADA | June 05, 2016

Today's strip. Funny.

THE EVENING NEWS
Toni Shaheen | Dover, NH | June 05, 2016

"Torrent of participles" expresses perfectly my frustration with the (mostly ABC) evening news. Leaving out verbs, implying unknown horrors, aiming for Fox's fear-fostering, their listeners annoyed -- what gives? Thank you.

p.s. Scott Pelley on CBS -- without peer! (Sorry, it's contagious...)

FORTY-SIX YEARS
Kepcziac Spelicek | Sultan, WA | June 05, 2016

"Mom, did you know Prince?" Forty-six years you've been doing this, and you can still elicit sardonic belly laughs.

MOTHERHOOD
Jeff Strogny | US of A | June 05, 2016

Between last Sunday's comic and this Sunday's comic, it has come to my attention that Alex has lost the beads in her hair. I wonder if this has something to do with her entering motherhood. Perhaps Sam will lose the barette in her hair after childbirth.

AMAZING
Bill Hansen | Yola, NIGERIA | June 03, 2016

It amazing to consider that Zonk got membership in the House of Lords and invited to a royal wedding all because Curtis got mayonnaise on his Monet.

ARISTOCRACY
Lord J.B.P. | Eureka, CO | May 30, 2016

If the British aristocracy must continue to exist, then gentle, decent, and completely out-of-it Zonker is its perfect role model.

THE MONARCH
Rev. Dr. Bob Faser | Hobart, AUSTRALIA | May 28, 2016

There's a slight error in Zonker's cramming session on Debrett's. In the UK (and elsewhere in the Commonwealth), the monarch is addressed as "Your Majesty," while other members of the royal family are addressed as "Your Royal Highness."

I expect that Zonker, with his dual nationality, is looking forward to singing "God Save the Queen" in some safe location in Yorkshire in the dire event of a Trump Administration actually becoming a reality.

TRUMP SERIES
Patricia Gentry | LA, CA | May 27, 2016

I have been a fan of yours for decades but, when did you become a prophet? I just read the FAQ Trump series.

PRAETERITIO
Perry | Boston, MA | May 25, 2016

The current Mudline takes me back to high school, not my favorite place, and to Rhetoric, not my favorite class. We learned about rhetorical dirty tricks, including praeteritio -- "I shall ignore" -- a great favorite of The Donald. No thanks for the memories.

NON-PLUSSED
Jeff Greenberg | Milan, NY | May 24, 2016

Zonk is a true hippie, so non-plussed at having lost most of his fortune.

THINGS
Melinda Capozza | Huntington, IN | May 24, 2016

Re: Today's Classic strip: In so many ways, things stay the same. I was brought up to consider money discussions somewhat vulgar, unless within the  family or between business associates.

STILL WAITING
Mike Willson | Vineland, NJ | May 22, 2016

Regarding the Five-Years-Ago-Today Flashback strip -- "Make the case for a Donald Trump candidacy. Lnes are open -- Go!" It's been five years and I think we're still waiting for a logical response.

TRUMP QUOTES
David | GERMANY | May 21, 2016

Thanks for the Trump quotes in the strip and "Say What?" He's really giving off an impression of the second coming of Sarah Palin, on testosterone -- illustrating that we still have not achieved gender equality, since men of limited acumen still have better career prospects than their female counterparts.

ONLINE
Doug Hechter | Santa Barbara, CA | May 19, 2016

 I follow your strip online. The Mudline crawl, Say What?, the great reruns, and the always relevant sunday strip -- you are such an important voice in my life. Thanks.

CLASS
Fiona | North Wales, UK | May 17, 2016

From whence but Zonker's mouth would you hear the words, "There's mayonnaise on my Monet!" Class.

PET SOUNDS
Jason Sebell | Franklin, MA | May 16, 2016

When I was 13, Andy Lippincott died of AIDS while listening to the newly remastered CD of the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds. I knew that I needed to hear that album and understand it. Today is the 50th anniversary of its release, and on my way home from work I listened to it for the 10,000th time and broke into full tears over how much I love this album, and how much it means to me. I just wanted to say thank you for the introduction. It, along with your work, has been a major influence on my life.

OBVIOUS
Peter Mork | Allston, MA | May 16, 2016

It's so obvious! Zonker and Zipper can rename their bud "America"!

SKILL
Big Guy | New York, NY | May 15, 2016

I looked at the strips on the Flashbacks page just now. Garry works at improving his artistic skill every time he draws a strip. The most recent strips all are more difficult to draw, yet better drawn, than the strips from 5, 10, 15, 20+ years ago and so on. Also, the punchlines are tighter. Thanks to GBT for respecting his readers by not just putting in the same effort now as he did decades ago, but also by working to improve his skills.

OUT OF PLACE
Antonio Velarde | Mexico City, MEXICO | May 13, 2016

I was a happy kid in the '60s, a long-haired teenager in the '70s, but I never understood the '80s. Most of the time I felt out of place, so I definitely understand how Mike felt. Things went from simple to complicated, people searching for answers in all the wrong places -- hairstyles, clothing, ornaments: very little substance.