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DONATION CARDS
Bobfaser@hotmail.com | Hobart, AUSTRALIS | February 01, 2016

I wish to defend the use of charity donation cards as presents for Christmas (or other occasions). They work particularly nicely when combined with other smaller gifts. A $30 charity card plus a $5 lottery ticket plus either a CD/DVD/decent bottle of wine, makes a nice and substantial gift for many discerning adults. (And, besides, the smiling goat on the gift card gives a distinctive touch to the collection of various seasonal cards.)

PUZZLED
Michael Mowle | Rochester Hills, MI | January 31, 2016

I'm not sure how to take today's strip. My family made the decision long ago to forgo the ludicrous consumerism that tarnishes the season and instead make charitable contributions for one another. (Except for the kids too young to understand). I, for one, think it is a beautiful thing and am puzzled by what appears to be a stand for consumerism, debt, and a lot of things I didn't think GBT stood for.

TODAY'S STRIP
Neal | Concord, NH | January 31, 2016

I think the point of today's strip isn't that someone who makes a donation to a charity in lieu of a physical gift is bad, but that someone who makes a single (presumably tax deductible) donation to a charity of his choice, rather than the choice of the recipient, then takes credit for it among his friends and family, is probably doing it for less than altruistic reasons.

AUNT MARY
Allison Warfel | Gettysburg, PA | January 31, 2016

"Aunt Mary?" I wonder if Mike's brother Ben got hitched while we weren't looking.

PUZZLES ME
Roberta Lyman | Raleigh, NC | January 31, 2016

Today's strip puzzles me. I wonder if Mr. Trudeau is suggesting that the person contributing to a charity in someone else's name is selfish, while the person who resents not receiving a physical gift instead is virtuous. Or this may be one of those Miss Manners things: It's better to be politely traditional than kind.

SARANAC
Steve Carlic | Syracuse, NHY | January 29, 2016

I thought Doonesbury readers might find this interesting; an article about GBT's contributions to the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival.

LOGO
David Gibson | U.S. of A. | January 28, 2016

The recent Sunday strip about removing the Elias Walden statue seems especially appropriate for those of us in New York state reading about the village of Whitesboro trying to keep their town logo, which shows the founder apparently choking a Native American.

THE BIKE
Chris | St. Augustine, FL | January 28, 2016

Ah, yesterday's ten-years-ago Flashback strip is a classic: Elias the VA counselor telling the story of losing his leg in a Harley accident, and the automatic reply, "Bike okay?"  I had the pleasure of hearing GBT's model for Elias in an NPR interview 10 years ago. He'd lost his leg in 'Nam but told people it was on his Harley because he got more caring responses.

BACH
George | Tequesta, FL | January 26, 2016

Bless you for the Bach video this morning. We were in desperate need of a reminder of what the human race is capable of.

HAVING THE POWER
Jason Thorn | Phoenix, AZ | January 24, 2016

Lincoln once said, "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power." It's a little scary to see how Zonker reacts to having the power that much money gives him, almost as much as how easily Duke will submit for the chance to get his hands on it.

DUKE AND HONEY
Neal Byles | Concord, NH | January 22, 2016

The series now running in the 40-years-ago section of Flashbacks: the first meeting of Duke and Honey, which sets the stage for four decades of the best dysfunctional relationship ever! "He also wishes your wife good health."

MISS IT
Geoff Chapman | Llandeilo, WALES | January 19, 2016

I'm 51, a UK resident, and have been following Doonesbury since I was 16. And I miss it, sooooo much. Don't get me wrong. I'm grateful for the Classics and the eight new panels every Sunday. But ever since the new dailies stopped I can't get away from the feeling a big piece of my heart and my mind got ripped away. I know you have Alpha House. But we can't get Alpha House in the UK, and even if we could I'm not sure we (I) would "get" it. I imagine it as like those more obscure (to UK residents) Doonesbury strips relating to senators and other figures we may not have heard of over here.

Regardless, my point is the loss I and many others over here feel at the hole left by no daily Doonesbury. Yesterday the Guardian, my UK paper of choice, printed six panels of Sunday's Doonesbury with a pledge to "keep publishing the strip." I hadn't yet seen that strip from the day before, and thought the daily was back, and with two panels extra. Joy unconfined. Crushed when I returned home to view the website and see it was actually Sunday's strip with the first two panels missing.

I'll carry on. Don't get me wrong. I know I have no right to ask for more. But it's such a loss from what some of us considered was a staple part of our lives that would last forever. Like Bowie. But bigger. And better. I hope Alpha House is a massive success. But not such a massive success that Doonesbury never returns. Thanks for everything you've brought to our lives. Enough approbation already.

BACKGROUND
Edward Cherlin | Columbus, OH | January 17, 2016

I suspect the that the background of today's strip is the move to rename Calhoun College at Yale, because John C. Calhoun was the biggest defender of slavery, nullification, and secession leading up to the Civil War, (aka The War of Northern Aggression). Among other things, the controversy was featured in a recent issue of the Yale Alumni Magazine. There is also the problem that Elihu Yale made his fortune in the deeply corrupt, tyrannical, warmongering British East India Company, and used part of it for an endowment at Yale that got the Collegiate School renamed after him.

The strip is also timely in another way. Assuming the usual lead time, not long after the strip was inked, the plan to remove the statues of Confederate heroes Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis, and Gen. Beauregard in New Orleans was derailed. Temporarily, many of us Damn Yankees and Communist agitators hope. (Read "Contractor Working on Confederate Monuments Project Quits After Death Threats" here).

TODAY'S STRIP
Toby Thurston | London, UK | January 17, 2016

Today's strip; Finger on the pulse, as ever.

SERENDIPITY
Roberta | Henderson, NV | January 16, 2016

That the 1985 series about Z's lottery win was re-published on the day of this week's Powerball event: serendipity. Or as Zonk might say, "Serendipity doo!"

AMAZING
Jan | Vancouver, CANADA | January 15, 2016

Two days after the big Powerball draw, here is Zonker telling us what the winners are feeling. Amazing.

LIGHT OF DAY
Brian | Perth, AUSTALIA | January 12, 2016

I loved Sunday's ISIS humour. Acknowledging the horror of ISIS, one of the best ways to fight back is to ridicule them, humiliate them, and expose their un-Islamic idiocies to the bare light of day. Well done!

JOYS
Evan Samuel | Chingli, CHINA | January 12, 2016

One of the joys of Doonesbury is seeing how many people miss the point. Sunday's strip looks like a keeper. Bravo...

ISIS
Robert N. Ashcroft | Herndon, VA | January 12, 2016

Charlie Hebdo would be the first organization to defend, nay, insist, that ISIS is a subject worthy of humor. I recommend the British movie Four Lions, which is about a group of hapless terrorists. ISIS are idiots. Murderous idiots, but worthy of derision all the more for it.

A LESSON
Jerry Griffin | Oklahoma City, OK | January 11, 2016

By my reading, Sunday's strip was not directly about ISIS but rather a lesson in the absurdity of denying safe haven to refugees for fear of terrorism.