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NOT FUNNY
Shauna McGoldrick | Payson, AZ | January 11, 2016

Sunday's strip is not funny. There is nothing humorous about ISIS, and they are not worthy of being in a cartoon. Have you forgotten Paris and Charlie Hebdo? Really poor judgment.

WHAT?
Richard | Duluth, MN | January 09, 2016

What, Aunt sophie doesn't get a cut?

15-YEARS-AGO STRIP
Jan | Vancouver, CANADA | January 09, 2016

I love yesterday's 15-Years-Ago Flashback strip. Hopefully it is prescient.

INEXPLICABLE
Margaret Delgatty | Vancouver, CANADA | January 07, 2016

Honey's total, unwavering loyalty to Duke has always been completely inexplicable to me. There must have been some really weird imprinting in her childhood, which I don't remember ever hearing much about.

USE IT
John on Maui | Haiku, HI | January 06, 2016

I know people like Honey; get the info, go use it to their advantage.

NEWSREELS
Anita Williams | Wildomar, CA | January 05, 2016

I think that Ted Cruz looks and sounds more like Mussolini than McCarthy, and I remember them both from newsreels in the movie theatre. Yes that makes me very old, but so "in tune" with Doonesbury"and MSNBC. Aloha, from a Hawaii girl.

CRUZ/MCCARTHY
Robert Berger | Los Angeles, CA | January 04, 2016

Finally somebody else noticed the Cruz/McCarthy thing. The lack is probably due to the fact that my circle of acquaintance is much younger than me. When I was eight and my sister five we were tourists in the Senate Office Building in D.C. The elevator door opens and there's Tail Gunner Joe. My sister burst into tears. Our parents were Democratic Party activists.

TODAY'S VIDEO
Kathy | Newtown, PA | January 03, 2016

Re Today's "Orangutan Makes A Hammock" Video -- I'm pretty positive neither of my children could figure out how to do that...

THE EARLY 80s
Melinda Capozza | Huntington, IN | January 02, 2016

Sal misses the early 80s? Oh come on: Reaganomics, "Greed is good," the AIDS epidemic? On the other hand: I was back in college, part time; my baby daughter was growing up; I became a quilter.

FLAMER
Perry | Flagstaff, AZ | December 29, 2015

I remember adopting the word "Flamer" to describe Reagan-ites, and I recall it as a term from the strip, but I had no recollection, until reading this series, of the exact origin. Yet another reason to love these walks down memory lane.

SAL
Steve Ehrmann | Silver Spring, MD | December 28, 2015

I've loved your strip for decades, but I can't remember who Sal is.

Editor's Note:

 During his pre-college years, Mike's younger brother Benjy turned to the Punk side and adopted the moniker "Sal Putrid."

BATHROOM BREAK
John Brennand | Langley, CANADA | December 27, 2015

Re The "Bathroom Break" story in Daily Briefing: Wow! This Huffington Post article predicated on Hilary Clinton's tardy return to the stage last weekend was powerful. What gave it so much greater a kick was the TedX piece at the end. As a man who tries to be careful I how he approaches and interacts with women it gave me lots to think about. Equality demands more than just lip service. Keep 'em coming.

YES
Mary Asicit | Long Creek, SC | December 27, 2015

The Donnie. Yes!

JUVENILE
Rom | New Britain, CT | December 27, 2015

Today's strip is a brilliant finish to 2015! The mindless obnoxious jabber of Mr. Trump amply demonstrates that neither he nor his supporters have changed. Their mentalities and politics remain juvenile.

HAPPY MORALE DAY
Grant H. | Hamilton, CANADA | December 25, 2015

Your (typically excellent) Flashback from 25-years-ago-today suggests Saudis didn't like mentions of Christmas. In case any unthinking person takes this reference as "evidence," I will mention that major stores here in Qatar and in the United Arab Emirates sell abundant quantities of Christmas trees, ornaments, and other paraphenalia. Three hotels I used in Oman last year had Christmas trees in the lobby. People smile when wished Merry Christmas -- as I wish you all. ("Happy Morale Day" is very clever. )

Editor's Note:

 Backatcha! Merry Christmas to all, and to all a Merry Christmas.

OFFENDED
Grant Hurlburt | Hamilton, CANADA | December 24, 2015
I am deeply offended by your categorization of a drug dealer as a gruff person who greets every caller with a gun barrel shoved through a metal slit. I have watched movies in which drug dealers were very nice people forced into their profession by social conditions or simple laziness. Just because some drug dealers can apparently exhibit some apparent hostility, does this mean all drug dealers are like this? Perhaps this fellow had an upbringing that did not expose him to the social graces. Consider me deeply offended by almost everything.
MERRY CHRISTMAS, AMERICA
Joshua Eliason | Givat Ada, ISRAEL | December 23, 2015

Re: The 25-years-ago-today Flashback strip from 1990 -- of Boopsie keeping oceanside vigil; even your exquisite artwork or the passage of time can't soften the raw emotional force of that strip. One of the best ever forever. Merry Christmas, America.

THEY
Carl | San Francisco, CA | December 22, 2015

"They" is a plural pronoun. "They" is never the appropriate pronoun choice when referring to one person, no matter the person's gender or gender identity.

MICRO-AGGRESSION
John Ghalt | Anchorage, AK | December 22, 2015

Boopsie fears committing a micro-aggression, not only with an inapt pronoun, but with virtually any innocent statement. If the press can be believed, we who are of Boopsie's generation (along with "non-PC" comedians Maher, Seinfeld, and Rock), haven’t a clue how to walk the new PC-etiquette minefield.

MISGENDERING
Seb | U S of A | December 21, 2015

"It" is in fact an appropriate personal pronoun, as long as someone has told you it identifies that way. For example, it/its/itself is my pronoun set, but I would never refer to anyone else as "it" without knowing that was acceptable, because that would be dehumanizing. The same is true of all pronoun sets. Habitually referring to someone as "they" if he uses he/him/his pronouns is just as misgendering as the reverse would be.