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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."

SOUND FAMILIAR?
Mike | Princeton, NJ | November 24, 2016

The 35-years-ago-today-Flashback-strip from 1981, about the battle for the Equal Rights Amendment,  has Howie telling Ellie "The boys won fair and square!...The country wants sex discrimination." Sound familiar?

YOUR STRIP
Dan Musicant | Berkeley, CA | November 23, 2016

Hey Garry, I want you to know that Doonesbury is the only comic I bother to read in the San Francisco Chronicle. I never miss the Sunday, and I check out the dailies when I notice them. So cool, and I love your politics. Today I read all the quotes about Trump's incipient presidency on the MUDLINE tickertape you have running across the top of the home page. It mirrors my thinking. Your strip is great, steady, valuable, necessary. Thanks so very much, and please please please keep it coming.

HELPED
Mona Stern | Gary, IN | November 21, 2016

Your strip about Der Gröpenfuhrer helped me no end. I will no longer cry over Mr. Trump, I will happily laugh at him.

NEW HOST
Chris F. | St. Augustine, FL | November 21, 2016

I love that you brought Arnold Schwarzenegger back in Sunday's strip, since he is going to be the new host of Celebrity Apprentice.

GREAT EXAMPLE
Lee Gugerty | Central, SC | November 20, 2016

Today's strip is a great example of using euphemism to justify one's bad actions, both to others and to oneself. This is pointed out in Steven Pinker's book The Better Angels of Our Nature. He quotes Orwell's description of how bombing villages and mass imprisonment are called "pacification" or "elimination of unreliable elements."

SECOND CLASS
Douglas Mitten | Sacramento, CA | November 20, 2016

Trump is the Gröpenfuhrer second class. Thanks for all the laughs over the years. Keep 'em coming.

ICON
Rich | US of A | November 20, 2016

Well, now we know what the new presidential icon will be in the strip. Brilliant delivery.

MOURNING
Susan Allen | Sparks, NV | November 20, 2016

I have recommended today's strip to every woman on my email list. While we are all in deep mourning for our hero Hillary, your work makes it more bearable with humor. I have great admiration for you and for your talented partner Jane.

BBC VIDEO
Craig Baumberger | Greenville, IL | November 19, 2016

Thanks for the BBC video on Saturday, "Is Donald Trump Racist?" It is strange to hear a white man, after white men have run America for three hundred years, whining about not getting to talk when he wants.

CRITICIZING
T.A. | San Antonio, TX | November 17, 2016

I wonder if you realize that in Trump's USA you will be among the first imprisoned for criticizing the President. Sainted Founder John Adams was able to make it a crime to do so in print. Although this was ruled unconstitutional I fully expect a Trump administration to try again.

WOW
Roberta | Henderson, NV | November 16, 2016

Surveying the strips featured on the Doonesbury Flashbacks page today, I see that: 45 years ago there's a typewriter on the secretary's desk; 40 years ago, there a phone with a cord on Rick's bedstand, and a TV with bunny ears in Ginny's kitchen; 35 years ago there's both a typewriter and a desk phone with cord on Rick's desk; 20 years ago there's a pager on Mike's belt. Wow. They really are Flashbacks!

MIKE AND RUFUS
M.R. Carey | Lancaster, PA | November 14, 2016

Re the Flashbacks Page strip with Mike and Rufus from November 14, 1971: Miles Davis as Attorney General is looking pretty good right now. Even if he is dead.

STUMPED
Tim Morton | Leicester, UK | November 11, 2016

In a difficult week for you and the world I've enjoyed the goings-on at the minimum security facility. Today's punchline left me stumped -- but through the miracle of Dr. Google I now remember Robert Bork. Take care in the days and weeks ahead.

THE BRIGHT SIDE
Bob | Portland, ME | November 09, 2016

On the bright side, GBT's next Trump book won't take 30 years to compile. Assuming books are still legal.

COMFORT
Barb B. | Bend, OR | November 09, 2016

Thank you for your video selection today, Americana Awards: "The Weight." It is giving me comfort as I am in grief and shock today and am struggling with the realities of the election.

A BIG UNKNOWN
Shooshie Roberts | Dallas, TX | November 09, 2016

Doonesbury from 40 years ago today shows us the hazards of drunk voting and admonishes us to cut out the strip to save it for 1988. Oh, I wish Trudeau had said "and also for 2016." At this moment about half the people in the USA feel like their world is spinning, out of control and into an abyss. I'm sure some of the third party voters are now asking themselves "Whatever was I thinking?" It's a big unknown, and we'll only come to know it one day at a time, living with our choices, but we're Americans and we've been through worse and survived. We'll do it again. We can use this unprecedented moment to unite the country and learn how we can fix it. That's all I know to do. Learn. Change. Act.

TEDDY BEAR'S PICNIC
George S. | Jupiter, FL | November 07, 2016

Today's video -- "Teddy Bear's Picnic" --  kinda wraps up the whole last two years.

HIT HOME
Ken Bennett | Yakima, WA | November 07, 2016

I was a medic in CuChi in 1968/1969, and your recent strip really hit home for me. Thanks for your concise comments. We won't forget.