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20 YEARS
George | Tequesta, FL | July 04, 2018

I just read the 20-years-ago-today Flashback strip, in which Zonk reassures B.D. that it'll be 20 years of crime and violence before marijuana is legalized. GBT, you're beginning to scare me...

INTERESTING / IMPORTANT
Maryhelen Posey | Calgary, CANADA | July 02, 2018

Several times these past few weeks you have posted items in the Daily Briefing that I would not likely have come across otherwise, which I found very interesting/important/both -- today's is a beautiful example. So thank you very much!

WIDER CIRCULATION
Sharon Smith | Canaan, ME | July 01, 2018

I hope someday you can replace the blurry versions of the old Sunday strips -- like today's 45-years-ago impeachment-discussion strip, which needs wider circulation right this minute. Many people have forgotten the widespread fear back then, that impeaching Nixon would result in an Agnew presidency. America did bring Nixon down, and his loss was our gain.

ZOT!
Edward Cherlin | Columbus, IN | July 01, 2018

Game change, indeed. We thought we were playing Clue (Putin's stooges, with fake news, on Facebook? Wikileaks, with Clinton's e-mails, in the Ecuadorian Embassy? Comey?!!?!) but now it's dodgeball, with Republicans in Congress thinking that they own all of the balls. Thank you for continuing to show us that they don't. Zot!

LEGAL IN CANADA
Grant H. | Hamilton, CANADA | June 28, 2018

Zonker's 45-years-ago jail travails, currently being revisited on the Flashbacks page, are a sobering reminder of what it used to be like. Running them coincides with the first few days of marijuana being legal in Canada -- what a difference! Yesterday I was at a Toronto Beach and a fellow on the next bench was smoking a joint. People have been occasionally doing this for years of course, but now it is utterly legal. I dont think it is harmless and now I dont like the odor at all, but this is immensely better than trying and jailing people, which can be deeply harmful to thousands of people and is a waste of taxpayer money. Now we can start growing hemp for paper instead of cutting down forests.

Editor's Note:

 Another Canadian reader offers additional detail: Though the legislation has been passed, pot is not yet legal. "The Federal government has made 17 October the date the new law will come into effect, the rationale being that the provinces need time to get the regulations sorted out."

PAUL
Terry D. McGee | Sydney, AUSTRALIA | June 25, 2018

I must agree the Corden & Paul McCartney Carpool Karoake is heartbreakingly wonderful. It is exquisite and reminds us why so many of us love Paul so much -- echoes of the rooftop performance in Let It Be. And Paul is so himself despite being surrounded by so much ....

NOT CRUEL
Ed Cherlin | Columbus, IN | June 25, 2018

"We're not cruel" covers a lot of ground. * Plead for the widow and the orphan, and the stranger who lives among you. * If your enemy is hungry, feed him. * Whatsoever you do to the least of these, you do to me. * All humans are created equal. * Unalienable rights. * Equal protection of the laws. * Liberty and justice for all. -- I can't think of anything that that leaves out. Education? Check. Health care? Check. No hate crimes? Check. No police murders? Check. Ending poverty and oppression everywhere? Check. Not crashing the economy? Check. Not making baby Jesus or baby Buddha or baby whomever cry? Double check and checkmate.

MAGA
David Barylski | Ellicott City, MD | June 25, 2018

Here's a slogan for Mel, one that I (and perhaps many others) would enthusiastically support: "Make America Good Again."  I'd be happy to do anything I could to get this message across.

THE VULNERABLE
Lewis C. Larson | Milton, USA | June 24, 2018

I do not have contempt for the vulnerable, but I do not want to support the poor of the world. I support my family, but do not want the USA bankrupted by supporting the world...

WORKED PRETTY WELL
J.B. | Sunny, CA | June 24, 2018

In re: "We're not cruel!" "Don't be evil" worked pretty well for Google. Until it didn't...

23 MINUTES
D.L.S. | Newtown Square, PA | June 24, 2018

Woke up, got out of bed, dragged a comb across my head. Expected another depressing day reading the news out of D.C. Instead came across the June 23 video of Corden and McCartney. Spent the most enjoyable 23 minutes I've had in a long time.

CAMPAIGNS
Allison | Quarryville, PA | June 24, 2018

I'm with Joan on this one. I'm watching a lot of campaigns, and so far they often are sounding like today's strip. It's a good start, but it's only a start. What else have they got? There's an eager and waiting audience hoping for a cogent answer.

CORDEN AND MCCARTNEY
George | Tequesta, FL | June 23, 2018

I'm 68 years old. I'm watching James Corden and Paul McCartney in the video you have up today. I'm crying in my coffee. Thank you. Really.

RAY OF HOPE
Kathy Roper | Oakland, CA | June 21, 2018

I am a long time fan. Your recent Norm/Norma strip is my favorite, and the one ray of hope in my rather glum life these days. I keep it by my desk and read it several times a day for comfort. Thank you.

AS GOOD AS A SERMON
Valerie Harrison | Santa Barbara, CA | June 21, 2018

I just want to say thank you for all that you are doing. The June 10th message was as good as a sermon from Pope Francis.  LA Times quote from reporter Jim Puzzanghera: "The communique that Trump ultimately decided not to sign also included a slap at Russia, calling on Moscow 'to cease its destabilizing behavior to undermine democratic systems and its support of the Syrian regime.'" Trump et al needed the "smoke screen" to hide this truth. I'm calling him a traitor. The very best to you and those you love.

NEWSPAPERS
Melinda Capozza | Huntington, IN | June 21, 2018

I read newspapers because I prefer to read an Op-Ed article, as opposed to hearing a 30-second sound bite on the TV or computer.

MADE ME LAUGH
Sandra M. | Indianapolis, IN | June 20, 2018

Today's 45-years-ago Flashback strip -- Claude the dog pointing "J'accuse!" at Zonker -- has always made me laugh! I've been looking forward to this set of Classic strips coming around in the cycle.

PUZZLED
Steve Miracle | Wadsworth, OH | June 19, 2018

Sunday's strip puzzled me greatly. What is a "newspaper" ?

YESTERDAY'S STRIP
Judith Harlow | Farmington, CT | June 18, 2018

When I read yesterday's strip, (always first thing in my default morning read), all I could say was "Thank God for Garry Trudeau" and email it to my friends. The voice and vision of sanity wrapped in superb humor.

WHITE HOUSE
John McQueen | Frederick, MD | June 17, 2018

Sure, just rate this White House PG-64.