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HOOTERS
Tom | San Francisco, CA | April 30, 2017

Well, when it comes to Trump, J.J. would know. She painted the "hooters" on the nymphs on his yacht, while repeating to herself under her breath, "You have a family..." I wonder whether she is one of the contractors he has stiffed.

FINALLY
Karen | Layton, UT | April 30, 2017

Finally, after all these years, we get a positive story about J.J.! (I always felt a little sorry for her anyway.) Yes, art remains her primary motivation, but at least her muse is pointing her in the right direction.

THE, UM, HATS
Chris W. | U.S. of A. | April 30, 2017

I'd always assumed J.J. was the one who designed the, um, hats. You know the ones I mean.

WONDERFUL
Kerry Killingsworth | Auburn, AL | April 30, 2017

As a man and a feminist, I think it is wonderful to see J.J. in this light.

MASTERFUL
Charles Browne | Hogansville, GA | April 30, 2017

I've always been a fan, but today's strip, for some reason, just "said it all." Masterful indeed to evoke such a visceral response with the final panel. Well done!

MISGUESSED
David | Waltrop, GERMANY | April 30, 2017

You know, I completely misguessed the punchline today. I thought J.J. would have been one of several artists commissioned to do a theme like "the largest inauguration crowd in history" as a counterweight to the protests. But I have to admit that this calls more for the photoshopping talents of, uh, Zipper?

J.J.
Matthew | London, UK | April 30, 2017

J.J. has acquired a social and political conscience? Why, it's a Trump miracle!

TRAVEL
Margaret Delgatty | Vancouver, CANADA | April 28, 2017

Speaking of geography, travel is a great way for people to find out about the world, but it's a double-edged sword with regard to making the world a better place in the long term. All those people flying around constantly, burning vast quantities of fossil fuels that pollute the environment and add to climate change; there's not a lot of point to learning about the world if there's not going to be much of a world left to know about...

GEOGRAPHY
Grant H. | Hamilton, CANADA | April 26, 2017

Geography is so important. And travel. After teaching university for four years in a wealthy Persian Gulf country, to mostly Muslim students whose parents were from 20-plus countries in the Middle East, the Indian subcontinent, and SE Asia, my memories are of happy, cooperative, friendly, and hospitable people -- mostly women -- who love to laugh and who respect teachers. With "family values." So different from the image one gets from TV. If only more (U.S.) Americans would travel and see that the majority of people in the world just want to get through their lives, support their families, and have the pleasures of socializing. They all would wish me Merry Christmas, by the way, and Christmas trees and ornaments were for sale in many stores.

SUBSTITUTE
Steve Miracle | Wadsworth, OH | April 26, 2017

In today's Classic strip on North Korea you could very easily substitute Donald Trump for Miss Nouri.

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.