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BEST SEGMENT
Julia | AUSTRALIA | March 27, 2015

This is the best story segment for a while. But who are the little kids in Tuesday's wedding ceremony strip?

Editor's Note:

 Those are Ellie and Howie, two of Joanie's charges at the Walden Daycare Center. Longtime readers may remember their support of Ginny Slade's congressional campaign and the ERA.

HIGH POINT
Jason Thorn | Phoenix, AZ | March 27, 2015

The look of wide-eyed wonder in Rick's eyes as the vows are being read is the high point of the week.

DISTINCTIVE NOSES
Linda Taylor | North Attleboro, MA | March 26, 2015

I love how the twins already have fully formed personalities (including the distinctive noses). Can't wait to see where this goes.

PERSPECTIVE AND APPRECIATION
John Ghalt | Anchorage, AK | March 25, 2015

I love that GBT a practical male perspective to one matrimonial tradition. Indeed, "Why (not see the bride)? What's wrong with her?" The minister had a practical male appreciation for Joannie as well. (With approving glance: "I'd go through with it."). Of course Zonker had to weigh in....

COMICS
Maryhelen Posey | Calgary, CANADA | March 25, 2015

The WAY BACK WHEN post reminded me of my brother telling me that he was always very popular on the days my mother's shipment of the week's comics (from four newspapers) arrived in Korea. Beetle Bailey wasn't otherwise available!

WAY BACK WHEN
Mike | CALIFORNIA | March 25, 2015

Thank you for running these strips from way back when. I had enlisted in the Army in early '77, and missed everything due to being overseas until your 1983 hiatus. I'm loving the Sunday stuff as well. Please, keep it going!

THE TWINS
Michael | Edmond, OK | March 22, 2015

Boy oh boy, the twins sure have grown. I feel like I've missed their early years.

SWEET
Big Guy | Forest Hills, NY | March 22, 2015

Toggle dealing with his kids imitating his aphasia is real sweet. Well done. Thank you.

TOO FAST
Mr. B. | Orlando, FL | March 22, 2015

The twins are growing up much too fast. I wish they could have stayed telepathic infants a bit longer

INTERESTING
Rex | Taos, NM | March 22, 2015

One twin has "the Doonesbury nose," the other has Toggle's. Interesting.

15 YEARS AGO
Old Guy | Underhill, VT | March 20, 2015

Today's 15-years ago Flashback, to Duke seeking corporate sponsors for his election campaign, was stunningly prescient.

MEDFLY SPRAYING
Brian Harvey | Berkeley, CA | March 18, 2015

I was around for the 1981 Medfly spraying. As I recall, nobody died from it, but the medflies didn't disappear either.

PATRICIAN
Rev. Dr. Bob Faser | Hobart, AUSTRALIA | March 18, 2015

Re the "Preppy Menace" series: In hindsight, perhaps the eradication of the Preppies (and their British cousins, the Sloane Rangers) wasn't such a good thing after all. Politics in all democratic nations was much more civilised when the various right-of-centre parties had a good supply of courteous and well-educated (or at least expensively-educated) patricians among their leadership.

WASHINGTON
Chris Blood | Winsor, VT | March 16, 2015

Thirty-four years later and the infestation matures and invades Washington. With a hamstrung EPA, perhaps a stronger pesticide this time?

TWITTER
Rick | Highland Mills, NY | March 15, 2015

Classic irony from Trudeau; using Twitter -- the hotbed of unsubstantiated rumors -- as confirmation of a newspaper fact. Love it!

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.