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B.D. AND MICHAEL
Al Wood | Charlotte, NC | April 24, 2015

Would you please reprint the strip from almost the very beginning of the strip, when B.D. and Michael discuss their biology papers?  It was so hilarious I remember the last two lines word for word.

Editor's Note:

 We've moved way past 1970 in the unfolding Doonesbury Classic series, but we are happy to provide a link back to that strip. Enjoy.

LAUGHING ALL DAY
Donna C. | Lucerne, CA | April 23, 2015

I've been butt-puckered for weeks worrying over upcoming spine surgery. I cannot thank you enough for the Willie Nelson video. I'll be laughing all day 'cause you (and Willie & Co) helped chase the nerves away. Thanks!

RELATIONSHIP
Kien Lang | Arlington, MA | April 22, 2015

Honey is one way to look at the China/U.S. relationship; possibly how some people think it should be.

HONEY
Brian Harvey | Berkeley, CA | April 21, 2015

Even the first time around, I didn't find the Duke-and-Honey cartoons funny or uplifting. (I hold Doonesbury to a high standard!) She's clearly smart. Why does she stay in this abusive relationship with a jerk? It's not because she depends on him economically, the traditional reason; she can and does find rewarding work when she's not following him around.

NOT IMPRESSED
John Ghalt | Anchorage, AK | April 20, 2015

The Russian public is eating 10% less food ? Not Impressed. If they were drinking 10% less vodka --  then we'd see true gratitude.

POLITICAL LEFT
Romuald | New Britain, CT | April 20, 2015

Wonderful sharp jibe at Mr. Putin, GBT! However the Blowback comment about Mr. Putin being on the political Left is incorrect. Mr. Putin has nothing to do with the political Left and instead stands in a long line of Russian autocratic thugs, from Ivan the Terrible on through Nicholas II and Stalin. The only plausible Leftist/Communist would be Stalin, but his behavior was no different than that of the Tsars, only more extreme. Communist ideology was only a cloak for him to wear for his true believers. Mr. Putin today makes no efforts to revive Communist ideology. His kleptocracy has no ideology other than some washed-up Russian nationalist drivel. This caters to those in Russia who want to revive a greater Russian empire.

PUTIN
Jonathan | London, UK | April 20, 2015

Re WIT AND ARTISTRY: I cannot agree that Putin is socialist or communist. Russia has shed both the centrally commanded character of its economy, and the ideology of liberation through the abolition of market relationships generally, and exploitation specifically, which underlies communism as a teaching. Nor does it any more adhere to the "revolutionary dictatorship of the proletariat pending the transition to full communism" which best describes socialism. Nor even does Russia have the kind of Nordic economy in which a generous welfare state is provided by relatively high taxation. Russia just sells oil products and tries to keep its population from starving, freezing to death, or violently revolting. It's not quite politics as we know it but it's a long way from the idealism of the Left.

WIT AND ARTISTRY
Lee B. Nicholson | Apharetta, GA | April 19, 2015

Thank you for using your wit and artistry to criticize someone on the Left for a change; Putin (Left as in the socialist/communist direction). I have been reading your cartoons since 1970 or so, when I first read them in my college newspaper, and I remember very few where the Left was taken to task like this. Thank you!

FILM CLIPS
David Ferrier | Edmonton, CANADA | April 17, 2015

A line in today's 40-years-ago Flashback strip --  "roll those film clips" -- focused beautifully on today's concerns about cell phone video cameras.

ZEKE
Jason Thorn | Phoenix, AZ | April 16, 2015

Re ASTROLOGICAL SIGNS: Zeke Brenner tends to survive, to the detriment of others; he's both a Libra and a Cancer.

ZEKE
Yeti | Howardsville, CO | April 15, 2015

Admittedly, Zeke lacks Uncle Duke's unexplainable charm. But since he is so completely amoral, I wonder if, in addition to Earl, he is another of Duke's lost offspring.

THERMAL
Michael McGuigan | New York, NY | April 12, 2015

I really appreciate the detail in Zonker's tie-dyed shirt in today's strip. It looks a lot like a thermal color-change shirt I used to have -- and loved -- years ago. In fact, given the slightly morphing colors from panel to panel, I'm sure that's the kind of shirt he's wearing.

ASTROLOGICAL SIGNS
Donna | Dartmouth, CANADA | April 11, 2015

Reading the strips in the FAQ's Zeke retrospective, I was pleased to see an old favourite, the series where he meets Joanie and Rick. But the one where he says he "had to" turn down a construction job and J.J. helpfully explains "Zeke's a Cancer, Mom," didn't ring true. So I grabbed my copy of He's Never Heard of You, Either and checked, and sure enough in that version Zeke's a Libra. Which led me to do some research into the astrological signs. I assume the intensity, impulsiveness, and selectiveness of Cancer fit the narrative better than the balance, beauty, and perfection of Libra, and so it was changed in the long run. Aaahhhhhh, the things Doonesbury has me learning on a soggy Saturday morning.

PRESENT
Martin Snapp | Berkeley, CA | April 07, 2015

Sunday was my 70th birthday, and I couldn't have asked for a nicer way to start my day. Thanks for the present!

GLEEFUL
Neal Bevan | Leamington Spa, UK | April 05, 2015

I'm trying to find some way to express the delight I took in today's strip. The best I can manage is a gleeful "Oh boy!" Many thanks.

BEAUTIFUL
Pat Goudey O'Brien | Warren, VT | April 05, 2015

Ah, it's a beautiful thing to see when someone "big" gets as good as he loves to "give" the little people. Normally, I don't like bickering and sniping, but I can't help but ... love ... today's strip.

BLESSED BE
Granny Goodwitch | San Diego, CA | April 04, 2015

Merry meet. I have been meaning to tell you how very much I have enjoyed your comic through the decades. You are an inspiration and a genius o'wit. I wish you love and laughter and a wee bit o' Magick. Blessed be!

SEGREGATION
David Ferrier | Edmonton, CANADA | April 03, 2015

Thanks for the Flashback page's 40-years-ago-today strip about Louisa Day Hicks, a champion of racial segregation in Boston schools. I had no idea this went on and is still going on.

MANY TIMES
Dallas Liddle | Mpls, MN | March 30, 2015

Great to see this strip again -- I have thought of it many times when I heard someone (sometimes me!) propose to throw the "full weight" of whatever little cohort we were in against a problem. Classic Doonesbury: funny, humane, wise on several levels.

RAPTURE
David Ferrier | Edmonton, CANADA | March 30, 2015

The "James Watt" reference in today's strip didn't ring a bell, so I had to Google him. Wow. A guy who believed in the Rapture was made guardian of U.S. national assets.