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GUN CONTROL
Gaylon Kent | Hayden, CO | March 11, 2015

Duke's Luger has been referenced at least once before, when he was at bar being pestered by a lawyer from the NRA who, it turned out, wanted him to testify at Judiciary Committee hearings on gun control.

MORE
Richard | Cape Town, SOUTH AFRICA | March 10, 2015

Duke gave Brenner more of a chance than Oscar gave Reeva!

WW2
Tony Phillips | Chicago, IL | March 10, 2015

Duke had a Luger? Picked up off an SS officer in WW2? Perhaps he was a child spy...

REMINDS ME
Ian | Frankfurt, GERMANY | March 09, 2015

Today's strip with Duke eerily reminds me of the Oscar Pistorius case.

DUKE AT THE STAIRS
G.M.B. | San Francisco, CA | March 09, 2015

Thanks for the re-run of Duke at the stairs. A classic among classics.

REMEMBERING AND HONORING
Mary Ley | Austin, TX | March 08, 2015

Thank you for remembering and honoring the murdered Charlie Hebdo cartoonists, and lampooning the Muslim extremists/terrorists, with your clever, entertaining, poignant and moving comic strip today. We ordered a subscription to Charlie Hebdo after the horrible attack in Paris, even though we do not speak, and can barely read, French. We just wanted to support freedom of the press, tolerance, and cartoonists everywhere. Sincere regards!

PERSPECTIVE
Emil Baer | Napier, NEW ZEALAND | March 08, 2015

Today's strip is GBT at his glorious best! With one line he puts the Charlie Hebdo tragedy into perspective: Freedom of speech is not about offending others because you can. To still get your point across is the real art of satire. Not chicken, just brilliant!

CHARLIE HEBDO CARTOONISTS
T.S.L. | Paris, FRANCE | March 08, 2015

Although the entire civilized world was shocked by the murder of the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists, most people outside of France would not have known their cartoons. Thank you for not merely reminding us of them, but also showing Americans some of their creations.

TODAY'S STRIP
Suzanne Meyer | Washington, D.C. | March 08, 2015

Todays strip is brilliant. Really brilliant. Thank you.

TODAY'S STRIP
M.A. Mikulski | Kingston, NY | March 08, 2015

Today's strip: Respectuful, or chicken?

THIS WE KNOW
Tony Phillips | Chicago, IL | March 07, 2015

The Joanie lament goes on at some length. This we know because between the third and fourth frames, the bread sack has been closed and the toast is burning.

ALL THESE YEARS
Bill Clark | Salt Lake City, UT | March 05, 2015

When I moved to Salt Lake in 1976 I had to take both the liberal Salt Lake Tribune for real news, and the LDS Church owned Deseret News for one thing; Doonesbury. Thank you for all these years.

FLORAL ARRANGEMENTS
John Ghalt | Anchorage, AK | March 03, 2015

What a difference 33 years makes. Those $60 floral arrangements are nearly extortionate today. ($60 in 1982 = $150 in 2015). On Feb 14 this year I bought a dozen red roses, which were on the verge of opening, in an Alaskan grocery store, in the dead of winter. I got to pick the best roses and paid $20 and small change -- about equal to the $8 Lacey wanted to spend.

JEFF
Chris Tybur | Seattle, WA | March 01, 2015

Don't ever change, Jeff.

MISCHIEF?
Tony Phillips | Chicago, IL | March 01, 2015

As Jeff met with publishing success, his hair crept down the back of his neck towards an adult look. Now it's been shaved again. Up for regressive mischief?

HEART
Robin Waterfield | GREECE | February 28, 2015

Today's strip just reminds me how much heart Garry always has, as well as head-oriented humor.

THE ROMANCE
Molly Larson Cook | U.S. of A. | February 28, 2015

Renewing acquaintance with Dick and Lacey is so great. When I read this series the first time, I was so much younger. Now, I'm - uhm - in the peer group, and love how GT captured the romance that still burns with age. As for an earlier BLOWBACK comment about "girls," most of my female friends and I refer to ourselves as "girlfriends." Even the ones who are ardent feminists. And we'd sure rather be called "old girls" which has a more affectionate sound than "old women," which is completely other. Thanks for Dick and Lacey; she's a great old girl!

BIRDING
John Sharp | Arlington, MA | February 28, 2015

I always enjoy Doonesbury, even though I don't follow the detailed story line enough to recall everything about the interesting characters and their relationships. I really enjoy the points you make about all kinds of issues. For example, I was very impressed a year or three ago when you made many salient points about disabled veterans, in several ways and over a long time period.

I am not sure where you are going with the latest foray, this time into birding, but so far you seem to be pretty much trashing those who do appreciate birds, in the most trite and overworked way. As a birding enthusiast and Doonesbury fan, I hope this will lead somehow to something more deserving of your really great reputation for bringing important issues to the attention of your readers.

I read an interview some years ago in which you stated that your father's advice was that life is not meant to be enjoyed, and that you just have to find a way to get through it. You have done so much more, and I am confident that you will continue in that direction.

STUPID
Wolfgang | Rellingen (Hamburg), GERMANY | February 28, 2015

Re MUDLINE: I have asked myself for years whether it is legal to be so stupid in public. How did these people get elected, and what does it say about the people voting for them? George Carlin had an answer to that: "Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that."

DICK AND LACEY
Shelley | Meota, CANADA | February 28, 2015

Dick and Lacey. What a wonderful romance of the ages. I always enjoyed seeing them and I've always hoped for what they had. I do miss them terribly, and am so glad to see them again.