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WALLOP
Pete | Spokane, WA | February 21, 2016

Today's strip packs a wallop. I wonder if it will penetrate the bubble? Work like that is why we miss the daily Doonesbury.

DECENCY
Ilyn Murphy | Providence, R.I. | February 21, 2016

Much gratitude for today's strip. I don't normally throw around words like "decency," but continue to be baffled at the complete lack of it in candidate Trump. As for his supporters, when did the U.S. become so spiritually bankrupt? It's pretty disheartening. All these angry white people, maybe they could drop in at a housing project, or perhaps a city school, or spend a day with an agricultural worker, then reconsider what is and isn't fair.

KIND OF SCARY
F.B. | Houston, TX | February 21, 2016

Two things are kind of scary about today’s strip. One, I had this conversation with a friend just yesterday morning, and noticed that sloth seemed to be the odd deadly-7 out. Is trump remiss, or just planning to relish the 7th once he gains office? (From Sir Reality to Lord Reality to Imperial Impotus -- yikes.) Two, is any of this even possible? Sir Conan Doyle: “Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth.” And the American dream? “Oh the humanity…"

HELL OF A WEEK
Matthew Randall | London, UK | February 21, 2016

So Trump has antagonised the Pope and Reverend Sloan a few days apart? Hell of a week.

SCARES ME
Kristi | North Platte, NE | February 21, 2016

Trump as anti-Christ, anyone? Scares me!

NEGATIVE FATIGUE
Wanda Schmidt | Prospect, KY | February 21, 2016

Thank you, bless you, for articulating the most effective message I have yet heard addressing the sham that is Donald Trump. Democrats are at a natural disadvantage because we are not practiced in bullying, name-calling and lying. Please continue to do your best to clarify for those caught up in the negative fatigue so prevalent today.

YES
Terry Posey | Crawfordville, FL | February 20, 2016

Yes, Duke is definitely breathing -- and sneaking in a drink of Scotch between frames.

STILL BREATHING
Alexander VanCampen | Roseville, CA | February 19, 2016

No, Duke's still breathing! See how his mouth is moving?

HONEY
C. Cook | Burney, CA | February 17, 2016

Ah, one of my all-time favorite Honkle Dookle storylines; dark, strange, and intersecting with real-life events. And Honey at her most earnest and heroic.

SPOT-ON
Bill Hansen | Yola, NIGERIA | February 14, 2016

I'm a Bernie voter, but Trump is spot-on with his description of the people who show up at Trump rallies.

COMBINATION
Neal Byles | Concord, NH | February 14, 2016

Today's combination of strip and SayWhat? feature speaks volumes about the differences between Garry Trudeau and Donald Trump. I can't imagine Donald Trump putting up Trudeau's criticisms of him on any of Trump's many platforms, let alone doing so without commentary.

SECOND
Randi Swisley | Auburn, CA | February 14, 2016

I second the nomination of Duke for Trump's running mate. Just the idea made me laugh out loud.

NAILED IT
Kelly Gaynor | Philadelphia, PA | February 14, 2016

Re: Donald Trump. You nailed it!!! You have captured the essence of his narcissistic personality. Well done!

RUNNING MATE
Brian Corby | New York, NY | February 13, 2016

I know it's wrong to still get so much damn entertainment value from Donald Trump, but couldn't today's SayWhat? quote just as easily have come from Duke? Please have Trump select Duke as his running mate. Puh-leeeeeze?

HER MOTHER
Chris W. | USA | February 13, 2016

Their entire marriage is just J.J. punishing Mike for taking her mother away. isn't it.  And then ditching her own daughter, the way Joanie ditched her.

J.J.
Melinda Capozza | Huntington, IN | February 12, 2016

I love the Doonesbury Classic strips -- to laugh, again, at the characters and their life journeys. But J.J. and her artistic decor of restrooms -- golly, no wonder she and Mike split up, and Mike came to be with Kim.

A BIDET
John Ghalt | Anchorage, AK | February 11, 2016

Back in the mid-80s I'll guess that the typical American man had never "interacted" with a bidet (and wouldn't admit to it, if he had). Thirty years later, that's still true, but I'm willing to admit that Joannie might be onto something with her interactive urinals.

TURNING POINT
Chris Parkins | London, UK | February 10, 2016

I've been reading the 45-years-ago-today Flashback strips with some bemusement, wondering when the rough artwork and simplistic and sexist scripts would evolve into the work of genius that Doonesbury became. I think today's strip marks the turning point.

SOBERING
Neal Byles | Voting today in Concorc, NH | February 09, 2016

Reading the 30-Years-Ago-Today section of Flashbacks over the past couple of weeks, it hit me: we are now twice as far removed (30 years) from Duke's "death" by zombification as that was (15 years) from the beginning of Doonesbury itself. Sobering.

KIM
Allan Levine | Toronto, CANADA | February 09, 2016

Kim, Kim, Kim, you gotta speak up about these things! And no, it's not too late, but it isn't super early either, is it? Carpe diem! And all that. And good luck, eh?