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BULLY CLUB
Sue S. | Norman, OK | July 17, 2016

Calling someone racist is just a liberal bully club. It is getting old and is not very effective.

RACISM
Edward Cherlin | Columbus, IN | July 17, 2016

Science, as explained in Robert Altemeyer's book The Authoritarians (free PDF here) tells us that most of racism and several other hatreds can be identified using the Right-Wing Authoritarianism (RWA) and Social Dominance Orientation (SDO) tests, and that no other scales are as accurate for the purpose. RWA measures the propensity to follow leaders uncritically, and SDO measures the belief that inequality is a positive good. It turns out that both scales also measure hypocrisy, dogmatism, and an inability to understand oneself, among other cognitive and moral faults. Thus your Not A Racist wristbands should actually do well in the Republican market. May I also suggest another: Angry White Lives Matter.

TRUMP
Chris W. | US of A | July 17, 2016

Is it difficult to make everything about Trump? Do you ever find it difficult to ignore everything else that's going on and write a simplistic joke about him? The word "Trump" appears 12 times on your main page, not counting today's strip. Just how much advertising do you think he needs?

NOT A RACIST
Larry Madden | Fort Smith, AK | July 17, 2016

Re today's "Not A Racist" strip: I am 63-year-old white man, married for 38 years, with three sons, all healthy and making their own way in this world. After 40 years in the Air Force I have learned many life lessons. The best was; think whatever you want, but be careful of what you say. Garry, you have a venue to express your opinion; most of us do not. So is it about being racist, or pure frustration with a government that is completely dysfunctional? Please take time to pause; your strip is powerful, but is it doing a disservice? God Bless America!

NOT CARTOONS
Josie Burns | Bethesda, MD | July 17, 2016

Your cartoons are not cartoons, and don't belong in the comics section. This is the Sunday funnies, and they are not funny anymore, just full of political views. It's not what I want to see on a relaxing Sunday morning. The media on TV has plenty of that stuff, thank you.

SHALLOW THINKING
Dave Eastwood | San Diego, CA | July 17, 2016

Just because Trump doesn't want illegal immigration doesn't mean he's a racist. I guess according to you anyone who is against illegal immigration is racist automatically, simply because most illegals are Latino -- a common theme advocated by pro-open border groups. Shallow thinking, sir.

ENLARGE
Duty Officer | Doonesbury.com | July 17, 2016

Here on the main Doonesbury site the "Enlarge" button beneath today's strip does not seem to be working. Those wanting to see the strip in larger format can go here and use the "Zoom this strip" option in the dropdown just under strip, to the right. Sorry for the inconvenience!

30 YEARS AGO
Frank Light | Cincinnati, OH | July 15, 2016

Regarding today's 30-Years-Ago "Flashbacks" strip:  I was always a little sad that Zonker and Marcia never worked out as a couple.

TRUMP STRIP
Jane Reis | Clinton, AR | July 14, 2016

I loved Sunday's Trump strip. One problem, though. I think you made those "pointing fingers" too big. Thanks for the laugh; this one is going to hang on the fridge for a while!

YUGE!
Sherry O'Sullivan | Williams Lake, CANADA | July 11, 2016

A couple days ago I opened my front door and this huge box fell in. Down amid all the crushed paper and wide open spaces of its interior was my one small copy of Yuge! 30 Years of Doonesbury on Trump. I was filled with unbuttoned laughter. How appropriate -- yuge triumphant bloated presentation, and prescient, hilarious, and scary reality. Thanks, GBT! And thanks, Amazon, for your marvelous joke.

STUMBLED UPON
John Benjamin | Dayton, OH | July 11, 2016

Loved your Washington Post interview with Michael Cavna, about Trump, which I stumbled upon after reading yesterday's strip. I really enjoy your work! Here is to hoping we won't be neighbors in Quebec come November.

TRUMP
David | Waltrop, GERMANY | July 10, 2016

In today's comic Trump is wrong about one thing when he says, "I have twice as many positions as other politicians, okay?" Because while he has both "for" and "against" checkmarks on many issues, Clinton rarely registers even a single definite checkmark due to equivocating. The end result is the same: there is no basis to vote for either candidate based on issues. At least Sanders was willing to state consistently where he stands on issues.

STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE
Alex | Brooklyn, NY | July 10, 2016

To be fair to Mr. Trump, his flip-floping on positions is hardly unique. Clinton, too, has flip-flopped (sorry, "evolved") on many issues. With very few exceptions, this is standard operating procedure for the grasping egomaniacs on both sides of the aisle that we keep being presented as the two evils from which to choose the lesser of, each election cycle. Do I trust Trump? Nope. Not for a second. I trust Clinton for about the same amount of time. I'd be safe until either decided there was a gain -- however small -- to be made from selling me out.

ONE THING
Brian Harvey | Berkeley, CA | July 10, 2016

I think today's strip about Donald Trump would've been funnier if there were one thing in the list that he hasn't changed his mind about, e.g., "People should come to my hotels."

ON TARGET
Melinda Capozza | Augusta, GA | July 09, 2016

This material has been so on target, ever since the July 5th strip. I know just how Lacey feels.

LONG-RETIRED IBMer
John K. Planck | Concord, NC | July 07, 2016

I don't know about the general public, but as a long-retired IBMer I really enjoyed Sunday's Doonesbury strip. It brought back a bunch of great memories for me, and for that I thank you. It sure was a different world in the good old days. Ever onward!

GOT TO ME
Melinda Capozza | Huntington, IN | July 05, 2016

The Classic strips for today and yesterday definitely bring to mind some of the more bizarre moments when my husband died. Maybe "surreal" would be a better word; it was like being in a nightmare orchestrated by Salvador Dali or Hieronymus Bosch. But the strip from last Friday where the birds are clustering about Jeremy's body really got to me, then and now. Thank you, GBT.

CURRENT
Linda Weinberg | Fanny Bay, CANADA | July 05, 2016

In today's 35-years-ago Doonesbury strip from 1981Mark is interviewing the new socialist mayor of Burlington, VT.  -- Bernie Saunders. I miss not getting new daily strips, but am constantly amazed at how current the Flashbacks remain.

BERNIE
Mike | US of A | July 05, 2016

Nice to see Bernie Sanders on Mark's show in the Flashback strip from 35 years ago today. Evidence that he has been consistent since the beginning. Except for the Renault part...

BREAKS MY HEART
Framl Rabey | Winterville, NC | June 30, 2016

I have loved Doonesbury so well for so long, and have come to feel its characters, across all these many years, are more than a little bit of my own messy extended family, that every time I chance to revisit today's posted strip, it breaks my heart a little. Kudos, Mr. Trudeau, for making me care so much about pen-and-ink people.