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TRUMP
A.F. | Tampa, FL | December 18, 2016

Gee, Non Sequitur called Trump a fascist. You only put his supporter in a KKK suit. Leftist haters are out-of-control! Trump is not even president. He will work with Congress, unlike the current president who rules "with a pen and a phone!"

HOPE
Mark | Silver Spring, MD | December 18, 2016

Today's Trump special gives hope that for the next four years there will be lots of opportunities to raise spirits in these sad times. Let the festivities continue!

MANY FRONTS
Brendan Nichols | South of Jerferson, OR | December 17, 2016

Today's strip explains so very much...on so many fronts.

Y-MOTHER
Tony Phillips | Chicago, IL | December 17, 2016

We know, after 30 years, what these preoccupied, professional parents have for an outrageous son -- namely Jeff -- so we must wonder what the over-investment of the y-mother hath wrought in Christopher. Also, I have to thank Doonesbury for proffering such cunning videos that I most likely would never otherwise see, like today's wonderful "Unicorn."

Editor's Note:

 Posting the videos is our great pleasure. In case you didn't recognize him, the singer of "The Unicorn and Princess Rainbow" is Steve "Blue's Clues" Burns. The song is from Foreverywhere, a new kids' album he and collaborator Steven Drozd of the Flaming Lips just released.

MEMORIES
Melinda W. Capozza | Augusta, GA | December 17, 2016

The current series of Classic strips -- Jeff or Jeffrey, the "right schools" -- oh do they bring back memories of my daughter's early childhood. But we were living in Westchester County, NY: Need I say more? Thank goodness I was raised up by a common-sense Midwestern family, to whom ethics and compassion and courage meant so much more; and I brought up our kids the same. Yes, they've turned out very well.

CUTE
John Ghalt | Anchorage, AK | December 13, 2016

Okay, Sunday's strip introduced two new-to-me terms which I had to look up: "non-binary" and "cisnormativity." Credit to GBT for allowing Sam to settle for "cute" as her preference. And credit to Grant Strobl for putting the University of Michigan's "local" pronoun preference policy on the map for us.

NON-BINARY
Fred | Bristol, WI | December 11, 2016

Thank you! As someone who only recently (as in the last three years, and in my 40s) figured out that they are non-binary, I particularly liked today's strip! I try to ask for pronouns in the same way I ask for names, but it is hard to get casual about it, at least until you've practiced it a while.

RESPECT
Jen | Sunrise, FL | December 11, 2016

Imagine my surprise when I opened my Sunday copy of the Sun Sentinel to see not just a non-binary character, but a non-binary character being treated respectfully and not as the butt of a joke! I have friends my own age (23) who refuse to understand my non-binary identity (I consider myself agender rather than genderfluid). Seeing Jan taken seriously gives me hope that it will be easier to explain myself to friends and family. I hope you continue to treat Jan and all non-binary people with the respect they deserve.

TODAY'S STRIP
Judith W. Page | Gainesville, FL | December 11, 2016
I just want to say that today's strip is the best ever. I posted it on FB and many of my LGBT friends and former students were delighted by its insight and generosity. As a former director of the Center for Gender, Sexualities, and Women's Studies at the University of Florida, I say thank you!
DAILY DOSE
D. Leonard | Kansas City, MO | December 07, 2016

I'm not sure I can cope with the next four years without a daily dose of Vitamin D.

CLOSE-UP
Joshua | London, UK | December 05, 2016

Re: CLOSE-UP: "Saw a phone instead of a coffee cup..." Actually, I see a brewski. Times changed not once but twice since 1987!

IRONY
T.J. Martin | Denver, CO | December 04, 2016

The underlying irony in today's strip is subservsive as well as sublime.

LOVE YOUR SITE
Rabbi Joel Berman | Anaheim, CA | December 02, 2016

I love your site, and, in addition to the insights and nostalgia from the strip and other features, I am especially fond of the daily videos.

CLOSE-UP
Misha | USA | November 29, 2016

I doubt I'm the only one who looked at the close-up of B.D. in today's 1987 strip and saw a phone instead of a coffee cup...

WHOOP-DE-DOO
Sherry O'Sullivan | Williams Lake, CANADA | November 29, 2016

Today's 1987 Doonesbury Classic reduced me to unbuttomed laughter (albeit rueful) at G.T.'s uncanny "deja vu all over again" powers. All of Boopsie's hype, disinformation, whoop-de-doo, reminds me poignantly of our own recent Dis-Harmonious Convergence! Does anyone have a monkey wrench?

HURT
Jason Thorn | Phoenix, AZ | November 28, 2016

I can respect "My honor, not yours," but this is B.D.'s wife. If someone did that to my wife, I would take names and pay visits. Not because of some caveman "property" issue, not because of some patriarchal obligation. If someone hurt the woman I loved, then they hurt me, even indirectly.

B.D.
James McFarlane | Cape Town, S.A. | November 28, 2016

Re: BRAVO. Actually, I'm not sure B.D.'s heart is in the right place. When he finally agreed to take Boopsie out to a restaurant after his infidelity on the cruise ship, he entered her in a Wet T-Shirt Contest! If she gave him a list of names, he'd be on it.

BRAVO
Alix | Pawtucket, RI | November 27, 2016

A million thank-yous for the last panel of today's strip. In five simple words ("It's my honor, not yours"), GBT managed to point out the essential fallacy behind an entire list of troubling traditions, from girls pledging their virginity till marriage (to their dads!) to the horror that is honor killings. A woman's sexuality belongs to her, not to any man in her life. B.D.'s heart's in the right place, but this isn't his battle. Bravo, bravo.

DISCRIMINATION
Carl | San Francisco, CA | November 24, 2016

In the strip 35 years ago today, young Howie says that the country wants sex discrimination in the face of the failing effort to pass the ERA. Now in 2016, the country suffers the prospect of a president-elect whose words, campaign, appointments, and supporters advocate not only sex discrimination but also discrimination on the basis of race, sexual orientation, ethnic origin, religion, and more. It's sad and infuriating that we still need to fight these battles. Discrimination dies hard. I'll be pleased and surprised if Trump does anything to advance the country's long national struggle to overcome discrimination and its many harms.

REPLACED
Roy S. | US of A | November 24, 2016

The 35-years-ago Flashback strip from 11-24-81 makes we wish we could find out whatever happened to Ellie and Howie. I expect that the "B" on Howie's baseball cap has been replaced with "Make America Great Again."