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OBNOXIOUS
Shooting Star | Augusta, GA | June 19, 2016

I find your anti-Trump strips obnoxious, and am waiting for the same treatment of Hillary. I never did see any about Obama. Your liberal bias is disappointing, and my newspaper will be getting a letter.

AIEE!
June 18, 2016

I believe the 45-years-ago-today Flashback strip marks the nascent appearance of the iconic "AIEEE!"  -- the "Good grief" of Doonesbury.

HONEY
Steve Bailey | Jacksonville Beach, FL | June 18, 2016

If I didn't know that Honey is Chinese, I'd swear she's Marcie, Peppermint Patty's friend, all grown up.

EASY TO FORGET
Roger A. Webb | Little Rock, AR | June 16, 2016

I was trying to find something in David Myers' Psychology (2013 edition), the most widely used textbook in general psychology ever, and found a Doonesbury strip about Donald Trump. In it, Mark is doing an on-air phone interview with Trump -- who we do not see until the last panel. Mark describes the characteristics of a narcissistic personality, and asks Trump if he's following what he's saying, and Trump responds "No, let's get back to me." It is easy to forget who nailed Trump first.

Editor's Note:

 Donald Trump first appeared in the strip in 1987, after launching the initial Trump-for-President trial balloon. G.B. Trudeau's forthcoming book Yuge! 30 Years of Doonesbury on Trump, includes over 200 Trump strips, and will appear in bookstores on July 5th. You can pre-order here!

LAST SIGHTING
Bobster | Mendocino, CA | June 16, 2016

This may prove to be our last sighting of Alex's hair beads.

LACEY
Michelle Butler Hallett | St. John's, CANADA | June 12, 2016

I've followed Doonesbury for decades now, since 1989, and have read most of the strips from before that. I admire how your characters grow and change, and sometimes die. (I told a friend who's never read the strip about B.D.'s helmet and leg the other day, and she teared up.) Lacey Davenport remains one of my favourite characters. I immediately thought of her when I read about how another Lacey is bringing beauty and comfort to a dementia ward in PEI, Canada.

ABUSE OF GRAMMAR
Gary Warner, KVIA-TV Anchor (retired) | El Paso, TX | June 09, 2016

Until I read the June 5th Sunday strip. I thought no one else had noticed ABC's abuse of grammar. A year ago, I sent the item below to ABC World News Tonight. So far, no reply.

"Abusing grammar...spurring me to write. Your fine product is mostly first rate, except when you incorrectly conjugate. What would Koppel say, or Jennings? “Too much verbing with i-n-g endings!” Restoring good practice, this is my errand. Halt misuse, please, of the poor little gerund! One more thing and then that’s all, about those other verbs, gone AWOL. Your news copy is replete with sentences incomplete! Do you not find that it disturbs when lonely subjects have no verbs? For young journalists starting anew, exampling you, not what they should do. They may seek to emulate your fine Mr. Muir, mistakenly thinking his language is pure. As for me, Walt Whitman I am not. About verse and meter I know not a lot. But I wrote much news in my career and strove for correctness year after year. Please, it is your help I beseech to promote proper parts of speech. Copy can be dynamic with correct grammar. Just write with a pen instead of a hammer."

FUNNY
Allan Levine | Toronto, CANADA | June 05, 2016

Today's strip. Funny.

THE EVENING NEWS
Toni Shaheen | Dover, NH | June 05, 2016

"Torrent of participles" expresses perfectly my frustration with the (mostly ABC) evening news. Leaving out verbs, implying unknown horrors, aiming for Fox's fear-fostering, their listeners annoyed -- what gives? Thank you.

p.s. Scott Pelley on CBS -- without peer! (Sorry, it's contagious...)

FORTY-SIX YEARS
Kepcziac Spelicek | Sultan, WA | June 05, 2016

"Mom, did you know Prince?" Forty-six years you've been doing this, and you can still elicit sardonic belly laughs.

MOTHERHOOD
Jeff Strogny | US of A | June 05, 2016

Between last Sunday's comic and this Sunday's comic, it has come to my attention that Alex has lost the beads in her hair. I wonder if this has something to do with her entering motherhood. Perhaps Sam will lose the barette in her hair after childbirth.

AMAZING
Bill Hansen | Yola, NIGERIA | June 03, 2016

It amazing to consider that Zonk got membership in the House of Lords and invited to a royal wedding all because Curtis got mayonnaise on his Monet.

ARISTOCRACY
Lord J.B.P. | Eureka, CO | May 30, 2016

If the British aristocracy must continue to exist, then gentle, decent, and completely out-of-it Zonker is its perfect role model.

THE MONARCH
Rev. Dr. Bob Faser | Hobart, AUSTRALIA | May 28, 2016

There's a slight error in Zonker's cramming session on Debrett's. In the UK (and elsewhere in the Commonwealth), the monarch is addressed as "Your Majesty," while other members of the royal family are addressed as "Your Royal Highness."

I expect that Zonker, with his dual nationality, is looking forward to singing "God Save the Queen" in some safe location in Yorkshire in the dire event of a Trump Administration actually becoming a reality.

TRUMP SERIES
Patricia Gentry | LA, CA | May 27, 2016

I have been a fan of yours for decades but, when did you become a prophet? I just read the FAQ Trump series.

PRAETERITIO
Perry | Boston, MA | May 25, 2016

The current Mudline takes me back to high school, not my favorite place, and to Rhetoric, not my favorite class. We learned about rhetorical dirty tricks, including praeteritio -- "I shall ignore" -- a great favorite of The Donald. No thanks for the memories.

NON-PLUSSED
Jeff Greenberg | Milan, NY | May 24, 2016

Zonk is a true hippie, so non-plussed at having lost most of his fortune.

THINGS
Melinda Capozza | Huntington, IN | May 24, 2016

Re: Today's Classic strip: In so many ways, things stay the same. I was brought up to consider money discussions somewhat vulgar, unless within the  family or between business associates.

STILL WAITING
Mike Willson | Vineland, NJ | May 22, 2016

Regarding the Five-Years-Ago-Today Flashback strip -- "Make the case for a Donald Trump candidacy. Lnes are open -- Go!" It's been five years and I think we're still waiting for a logical response.

TRUMP QUOTES
David | GERMANY | May 21, 2016

Thanks for the Trump quotes in the strip and "Say What?" He's really giving off an impression of the second coming of Sarah Palin, on testosterone -- illustrating that we still have not achieved gender equality, since men of limited acumen still have better career prospects than their female counterparts.