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  • MINISTER HONEY

    Duncan | Bloomington, IN | March 17, 2019

    "Colonized Tonga"? Ah, so that's where Minister Honey plans to put the three million people she wants to displace!

  • USA

    Andrew Laine | W. Yarmouth, MA | March 17, 2019

    So well put! Just three years ago it was USA with TPP leading the way, and now...this. How far and how fast we have fallen! Climate change will be the great leveler, so we can still reclaim a leadership role if we do a better job voting and voicing. America does love an underdog story. It's now or never.

  • MARK

    Tim Shimeall | Pittsburgh, PA | March 12, 2019

    Wow. In the last strip on today's Flashbacks page ("Even revolutionaries like Chocolate Chip cookies"), Mark says "We'll have to fight to the death to make this country great again!" I would never have picked him for an early Trump supporter!

    Editor's Note:

    There are clearly still some glitches with the FLASHBACKS page. For instance, the strip in question is labeled as having appeared five years ago, but it actually appeared on December 22, 1970, a few months after the strip launched. Thanks for bearing with us while we try to iron out the weirdness.

  • MANAFORT

    L. Lapp | West Chester, PA | March 08, 2019

    Reading Franklin Foer's eloquent recap of Paul Manafort's amoral career, I had the strange life-imitates-cartoon sense that I was actually reading Uncle Duke's bio. We all knew Duke's character was initially inspired by Hunter Thompson, but I always assumed that Duke's over-the-top pursuit of corruption and profiteering had no single real-life counterpart. Turns out it's way funnier in the comics than in real life.

  • LOVELY

    Patti H. | Rome, NY | March 06, 2019

    Gosh, it looks like it was a lovely, early spring (45-years-ago-today) day at Walden when Roland arrived, especially considering he'll soon be introduced to the commune's "marijuana plant" in full bloom.

  • IRONIC

    Elizabeth Weiser | Newark, OH | March 06, 2019

    How sadly ironic that the joke of the 40-years-ago-today Flashback strip — Duke saying the NRA wants to bring gun sportsmanship into our once-proud schools — is the reality we now live.

  • ROSIE

    Jan, Tom, and Chris | CANADA, KENTUCKY, FLORIDA | March 04, 2019

    "When was Rosie born? How did I miss this?
    -- Jan, Vancouver, CANADA

    "Were did Rosie come from?"
    -- Tom Tingley, Florence, KY

    "I realize we have all been distracted, but did you skip an entire pregnancy? Congratulations, Alex and Toggle!"
    -- Chris, St. Augustine, FL

    Editor's Note:

    A bit of confusion is understandable, as readers who blinked may have missed the big good news that was revealed in the February 4, 2018 Sunday strip.

  • TIME SURE FLIES

    Suzie | Quzie, ONTARIO | March 04, 2019

    Wow -- Alex and Leo have a third kid already? Awesome. I remember reading when she was born (and I don't mean in the Classics series -- I mean on the original publication date). Time sure flies. 

  • NON-TOPICAL TWO-FER

    John Ghalt | Anchorage, AK | March 04, 2019

    With Sunday's strip and recent classics, we get a non-topical two-fer. The Boopsie/B.D. reprise trots out many of the usual tropes regarding grownup couples (okay - the Warren Beatty crack was "topical"). The latest Doonesbury grandchild exaggerates precocity to a new multi-syllabic, multi-word level (and okay - "wall" is topical, too). 

  • TRY AS YOU MIGHT

    Steve Miracle | Wadsworth, OH | March 04, 2019

    Try as you might, the Boopsie/B.D. relationship will never reach the soap opera heights Luke and Laura attained. 

  • ELLIE

    Maureen | Beaver, UT | March 03, 2019

    Rosie, you rock! Today's strip takes me right back to Ellie announcing "It's a baby woman!"

  • ROSIE

    Margaret Delgatty | Vancouver, CANADA | March 03, 2019

    Go, Rosie! Happy to make your acquaintance. I can see you're going to be special...!

  • ECHOES

    Bob Faser | Tasmania, AUSTRALIA | February 27, 2019

    I wonder if I am the only reader who sees echoes of formulaic "made-for-TV" movies in this week's Classic strips, in which the ham-fisted B.D. and the long-suffering Boopsie seek to get their relationship back on track.

  • DISAPPOINTED

    Rich DuBreuil Col., Army (Ret) | Fayetteville, GA | February 25, 2019

    I am disappointed in your strip this past Sunday where you indicated that a veteran would be willing to kill a member of Congress. This is highly immoral and does not represent the values of our servicemen and women. I have enjoyed your strip for many years but I think you hit the wrong note on this one.

    Editor's Note:

    Mel's obviously just kidding; in fact she says so -- "JK." As regular readers know she was a highly competent NCO, and has had an attitude problem ever since she was subjected to command rape ten years ago. 

  • THE FIRST

    Patty H. | Rome, NY | February 24, 2019

    Oh, oh oh! Can I be the first to say, Go Melissa! I know I'm not the only reader who wishes she was really in Washington making a difference.

  • BACK IN THE DAY

    Maryhelen Posey | Calgary, CANADA | February 23, 2019

    Back in the day when I scraped for food, cadging cigarettes was the only source!

  • RELIEVED

    Julia Archer | Adelaide, SOUTH AUSTRALIA | February 22, 2019

    I am so relieved for Mike that although he could only afford to give his daughter a stolen box of paperclips for Christmas, he can still afford to smoke. Things haven't changed much in the years since the strip was first published.

  • ON TOP OF THINGS

    Margaret Delgatty | Vancouver, CANADA | February 21, 2019

    So wonderful how Doonesbury helps me keep on top of things, even if it took me ten minutes to figure out the derivation of "Juuly"...

  • JUULY

    John Ghalt | Anchorage, AK | February 19, 2019

    As a new icon in the Doonesbury world, "Juuly" joins Buttsy, who has been around for 30-odd years as a penetrating critique of Big Tobacco and cigarette marketing. Juuly, at first shot, has a different focus. Although GBT gives a nod to the "Big Cig buyout," he also perpetuates the "addiction model" as representative of the "vape kids." Odd, perhaps, since roughly 30% of all who first try cigarettes, become dependent ("hooked") which leaves the remaining 70% as somehow not representative. It's likely that a popular view of vaping has a similar pattern -- where the behavior of the minority dominates the narrative. Side note: could it be coincidental that in today's 1992 Classic strip Mike shows up to his job-seekers-support-group in a bathrobe, unshaven, holding a cuppa joe and (wait for it) a burning coffin nail?

  • PURPLE SHIRT

    Melinda Carpozza | Huntington, IN | February 16, 2019

    I remember when my rather moderate daily newspaper, the Journal Gazette of Ft.Wayne, Indiana, put Doonesbury on the editorial page. Considering GBT's ability to puncture ideological balloons, no matter the political stance of whatever person -- well, I thought the strip belonged on that page anyhow. Bear in mind that Indiana was very red regarding the elections of 2016 and 2018. I tend to be more moderate in my beliefs, and voting; while wearing a purple shirt.