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"UPTOWN FUNK"
Jocelyn Burrell | Bronx, NY | April 23, 2018

Today's "Uptown Funk" video is the perfect blend of current beats and nostalgia. It's the best!

SORRY TO SEE
Jahn Ghalt | Anchorage, AK | April 23, 2018

I was sorry to see my fellow, usually high-minded, secular cartoonist take the low road this Sunday. I know and work with Evangelicals. To a man (and woman) their standards exceed mine. They are civil, respectful, and otherwise behave with integrity -- much like the usual Doonesbury characters. It's unfair (and likely to be broadly inaccurate) to stain millions in such an extreme and cynical fashion.

ON THE MARK
Jean Benthien | San Deigo, CO | April 23, 2018

As a follower of Jesus Christ who once called herself an evangelical Christian, now a Christian -- your Sunday cartoon editorial was right on the mark. Thank you so much. So sad yet so true.

CHANGING VALUES
Judy Bjorkman | Owego, NY | April 23, 2018

Thank you so much for the fabulous Sunday strip on the changing values of evangelicals. It says everything I've been thinking on this topic, but so much more compactly. Blessings upon you! 

SUNDAY'S STRIP
Mr. Dale Wagner | Springville, CA | April 23, 2018

Re Sunday's strip: Thank you, thank you, thank you. GBT, you see things as they really are.

FINAL PANEL
Amphibious | Donegal, IRELAND | April 23, 2018

So many responses to Sunday's page... It was the final panel that said it all. Jus' giving 'em what they want!

ON TARGET
Melinda Capozza | Huntington, IN | April 23, 2018

Sunday's strip: Right on, Garry. And on target, I hasten to add. I may be a flaming liberal left over from the '70s, but I have a code of conduct that is much more stringent than that of some who call themselves good Christians.

HYPOCRISY
Richard A. Mezzavilla | Walnut Creek, CA | April 22, 2018

I began reading the "funny pages," as they were called, at the age of 4 in 1948 -- with my mom's guidance; that's how I learned to read. My addiction has been going on for 70 years, and I have to admit that today's Doonesbury strip ranks near the top of my all-time favorites. Dripping with factual sarcasm, it pillories the evangelicals for their hypocrisy and exposes them for the frauds they are. Well done. Well done, indeed!

THE KIDS
Edward Cherlin | Columbus, IN | April 22, 2018

I see in today's strip that only the two teenagers in the congregation look shocked at the Evangelical embrace of Mammon. I still say that the kids are all right, and will save us as their elders die off in the normal manner.

BILL AND HILLARY
Leon Brauning | Napa, CA | April 22, 2018

Thank you for today's strip. It gives Bill and Hillary a chance to get right with religion.

ANYTHING GOES
Tony Phillips | Chicago, IL | April 22, 2018

Anything goes....except abortion.

CONCISE AND ACCURATE
T.J. Martin | Denver, CO | April 22, 2018

As a Reformation Christian theologian / philosopher / apologist may I say today's comic is the most concise and accurate portrayal of what Evangelical Christians have become I've seen or read to date.

IMPERIAL HISTORY
Rich Hart | Luton, ENGLAND | April 22, 2018

Speaking as a UK citizen who understands his own nation's imperial history, it comes as no surprise at all to see Christians endorsing Trump despite his Emperor Nero levels of contempt for basic decency. When Britain ruled its Empire we took a Middle Eastern religion and fashioned it in our own image. The lyrics to "Jersusalem" speak of Jesus visiting England with his uncle Joseph of Arimathea. It was even believed by some that Mary was herself English because of course she was and that Joseph picked her up on one his previous business trips so that his brother could be cucked by God himself and all of that was accepted as true because to believe otherwise would suggest that the British were not the "chosen people" at all.

So people of every society and generation invent their own theology to justify whatever it is they either need or wish to believe, but "great" powers do so in the most egregious ways. It would not surprise me at all if some American Christians go all Old Testament on your society. After all, Trump's behaviour is little different from the likes of King Solomon or King David. I for one do not believe that Trump is a short-term passing fad. He is the last and desperate death rattle of those who wish to see America ruled exclusively by white middle-aged men. I believe that if anyone thinks that such people are going to go quietly they will be in for a shock. Soon you may well have to choose between an ugly new nationalist theocracy and the secularism upon which your nation was founded.

"EVANGELICAL" STRIP
Elaine Crawford | St. Louis, MO | April 22, 2018

Just read today's "evangelical" strip and want say thank you! Thought I was the only one seeing this. Love it. Keep it up.

MARAT
Grant H. | Hamilton, CANADA | April 21, 2018

Re Jeff in his bath in the five-years-ago-today Flashback strip: I appreciate your ninth-panel tribute to David's painting The Death of Marat, with the bathtub where Marat spent his days due to a skin condition, and where he was stabbed by Charlotte Corday during the French Revolution. Very clever, and deeply ironic for this delusioned pseudo-hero. One more memory for which I can thank the Classics Illustrated comics of my childhood.

BEAUTIFUL
R. Scougal | Big Lake, AK | April 21, 2018

Thanks so much for today's video, "The Log 2." I played it over and over, whispering the names of the animals as they appeared. it's beautiful.

GRADE ANXIETY
Brian Harvey | Berkeley, CA | April 18, 2018

As a (now retired) teacher, I always kept today's Classic strip on my bulletin board. Grade anxiety is, if anything, worse today than when the strip was first published in 1990, and it really destroys the possibility of learning. Learning requires the willingness to take risks, and kids don't dare take risks because of grades.

(As for Today's Video: I don't know about 1911, but when I was growing up in Manhattan in the 1950s-60s, New Yorkers walked with our heads down because the Pooper Scooper law didn't exist yet.)

PEDESTRIANS
George | Jupiter, FL | April 18, 2018

Today's Video, "A Trip Through New York City, 1911" is fascinating. I couldn't help but notice that all the pedestrians were walking with heads up, looking at where they were going. Internet must have been down that day.

TRAJECTORY
Brian Harvey | Berkeley CA | April 17, 2018

Although Zonker started out as a stereotype hippie, he has always been flexible about his lifestyle and ready to learn. He gave up competitive tanning when we learned about UV and skin cancer; he was a responsible if unconventional nanny; now he's a responsible if unconventional entrepreneur -- a trajectory that has taken him from cardboard stereotype to maturity.

VARIETY
Mary Asicit | Long Creek, SC | April 17, 2018

There's always been variety among hippies. It took a while, but Zonker found his niche. He's still cool, loving, open-minded and all the rest -- he just doesn't need the weed at this stage of Life. Some of us do that.