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THE PRESS
Elizabeth Horowitz | Berkeley, CA | August 05, 2018

Great strip today, but I'm surprised there is no mention of the Enemy of the People: The Press. CNN. MSNBC. NYTimes.

CONTEXT
David Hallett | St. John's, CA | August 02, 2018

Last Sunday’s strip should be seen in the context of the character development of Leo/Toggle’s mother, which began long before the Trump presidency.

APPROPRIATE
James Mitchell | Everett, WA | August 01, 2018

I find the cross Toggle's mom is wearing in Sunday's strip to be entirely appropriate. Christian fundamentalists across America campaigned heavily for Trump, and continue to support his methods and madness.

MELANCHOLY
David | US of A | August 01, 2018

I felt a little melancholy when reading today's 10-years-ago Flashback strip, in which Joannie comments, "Who knew America was ready [for a black president with a Muslim name]?" Turns out America might have been ready, but more than a few Americans weren't....

ENLIGHTENMENT
Melinda Capozza | Huntington, IN | July 31, 2018

Re: today's Classic Doonesbury strip : I know just how Lacey feels. I'll see someone on TV, or read about them in the paper, or hear a new (to me) phrase; then I call my daughter and say "Who are these people?" As she's under 40 years old, she's well-acquainted with pop culture. (Should I call it that?) But anything from the '80s or earlier, she calls me for enlightenment.

CROSS
Bob Mizek | Chicago, IL | July 30, 2018

Re: the Sunday 7-29-18 strip. I’m offended that you prominently included a cross on the redneck Trump supporter. It’s inappropriate and insensitive. Not all Christians are Trump supporters, racists, or redneck trailer trash. Don’t lump us all together...

NEWBORN BABY GIRL
Allan Smitheel | Philadelphia, PA | July 29, 2018

Great stuff today! Nicely drawn trailer park scene,* at Grammy's place, where Alex and Toggle, twin boys in tow, finally introduce their newborn baby girl (whose existence was intimated in the 2-4-18 strip!). Congrats!

* Garry Trudeau is a very underrated cartoon artist -- though he still can't draw a nose. ;-)

THE TWINS
Karen | Layton, UT | July 29, 2018

Wow, today's strip is a bit of a shock. Wasn't it just a couple years ago that the twins were "playing Trump" in front of Joanie? Kids grow up so fast, especially in comic-strip land.

IN RED TERRITORY
Just A Centrist | Peoria, IL | July 29, 2018

I'm open-minded and determined to stay engaged with my community; kind of a trick these days, as I live blue deep in red territory. You should know the most fervent female Trump supporters I know are college educated and upper middle class, most of them professionals, but always in "assistant" positions. My friends in the trailer parks? They can spot a phony a mile away, and they hate him. Methinks GBT may have missed the mark with Sunday's strip.

Interesting to note that, in the wake of Helsinki, the 4' x 8' Trump sign I used to have to drive by on a major state road is gone. The sign's owner had long ago stationed cameras there, and notices telling would-be vandals not to bother because it would be replaced and they'd be reported to the police.

ATTENTION SPAN
Dave | Elmira, NY | July 28, 2018

I was all set to enjoy yesterday's video -- Yo-Yo Ma, one of the greatest musicians of all time, playing a Bach Cello Suite, one of the most perfect pieces of music ever written. But the average cut time of that video was about 1.2 seconds, and I couldn't watch it. Then I got to thinking -- is this why I have ADD? Growing up watching television with shorter and shorter cut times, shorter and shorter scenes and commercials and stories and sound bites? I have the attention span of a firefly, and I wonder how much of that is a product of the media I've consumed since I was an infant.

OIL
John Brennand | Maple Ridge, CANADA | July 28, 2018

"Oil! Real fuel for real cars!" Who would have thought we'd still be arguing about this almost 30 years later?

PRESIDENT NORM
Bluejay Young | Bloomington, IN | July 18, 2018

I keep coming back to the June 10th strip with "President Norm." It lowers my blood pressure considerably...

ALPHA HOUSE
Nancy Nehls Nelson | Weaverville, NC | July 15, 2018

Having lost the DEM Primary here in Asheville ( "cesspool of sin") for a measly county commissioner seat, I have been licking my wounds and feeling betrayed by my own party since May. Your program Alpha House has pulled me out of my misery. You hit the nail on the head about NC politics! Gil John Biggs is perfect. Hell, we elected a US Representative out here in the mountains because he was a TN quarterback 20 years ago; he could barely speak in complete sentences. Please give us more! McCroy is gone, but the crazies in Raleigh remain, passing bathroom bills and micromanaging our local government. Your humor never gets old (and I'm your age). Thanks!

THE BURDEN
Ronald | North Little Rock, AR | July 15, 2018

Re today's strip: "In guys, the brain develops late, especially the part that affects judgment and impulse control." Which is why girls are smarter than boys and boys so much more easily distractable, placing the burden of boys' lack of self-control onto girls who are expected to assume responsibility for said lack of self-control by curtailing their behavior and dress code standards accordingly. Thus the American education system systematically disenfranchises girls to focus disproportionately on boys, thereby perpetuating pay inequity and other gender-based injustices while simultaneously upholding the high status of male-dominated professional sports, within which assumptions of male privilege to the detriment of female autonomy are distressingly commonplace. Seriously, I thought everybody knew this stuff...

AFGHANISTAN
Grant H. | Hamilton, CANADA | July 12, 2018

Re: the five-years-ago-today Flashbacks strip about Afghanistan. Right at the end of the film Charlie Wilson's War, the senator asks for, I think, three million dollars to build schools, after hundreds of millions had been spent on supporting the ouster of the Soviet Union, including arming the Mujahideen. He was refused. I suspect that building schools immediately might have led to a better situation. And also, buying opium rather than destroying fields of it, and thus the livelihood of farmers.

THE DEAL
Jim Cummings | Arlington, VA | July 09, 2018

As a Vietnam veteran and 25+ year Reservist, I'd like to say today's Classic strip nailed it. Each panel was perfect, especially the last. Twenty years since I retired and I still have trouble not using the F-word in my civilian job. In my era, the deal was we got paid less, but got to die last. Now, "Active" and "Reserve" have lost all meaning...

TRUMP NATION
John R. Ziemba | La Grange Park, IL | July 08, 2018

Even at a once-a-week-pace, GBT has his fingers on the pulse of Trump Nation. Who cares if the president's promise-keeping will actually negatively impact his base? Their guy won, so they're winners, too. The emperor is naked, but they see a man in a tux.

OBJECTIVE FACT
Roger Webb | Little Rock, AK | July 08, 2018

Today's strip goes to a key problem we're facing. Sixty million plus people voted for Donald Trump. That's an objective fact each of them knows. Now, as Trump's incompetence and inhumanity drive us over the cliff, what are these people going to do. They can't alter the fact of their vote. More likely, they will deny reality as long as they can and then try to find somebody to blame that will not include themselves or Trump. I'm a psychologist; my people have research on this. Most of the Trump voters (other Republicans as well) will vote for him again if they get the chance, and the odds of that will go up as things get worse.

MESSAGE
Mike | Bayonne, NJ | July 07, 2018

That June 24 message took a couple of weeks to grow on me, but I do think that 'We're Not Cruel' is a good place to start.

B.D.'S HELMET
Charlie Bing | Edmonton, CANADA | July 04, 2018

Dear lord, how did I manage to miss today's Classic strip about removing B.D.'s helmet? I mean, I knew they had to do that later, when he was wounded... but this reference is brilliant. Damn, but I love this strip. Thanks for all the years.