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ROLAND HEDLEY
Maryhelen Posey | Calgary, CANADA | April 21, 2017

Now that I see that Roland Hedley also associates Trump's armada with the Armada, as I did, I'd like to suggest that everyone should recall what happened to the Armada.

DOOLITTLE RAID
John Brennand | Maple Ridge, CANADA | April 19, 2017

Today's DAILY BRIEFING article on the Doolittle Raid of 1942 gave me reason for a sad smile. While it is true that Col. Cole is the last survivor of that Army Airforce mission, it will live on in literary form. In Craig Johnson's Walt Longmire series, there is a secondary character named Lucian Connolly, the retired sheriff of the fictional Absaroka County. Variously described as mean, cranky, feisty or other generally negative adjectives, he resides in Mr. Johnson's novels as a tribute to the brave, if not foolhardy, flyers who undertook that mission. Live long and prosper, Col. Cole.

45-YEARS-AGO STRIP
Charles MacBride | Sioux Falls, SD | April 17, 2017

I love reading the Flashback strips, especially the very early ones, and watching the evolution of the visual style (not to mention the gang themselves). Yesterday's 45-years-ago strip seemed like a pretty substantial jump forward in the care, craft, and detail of the drawings. The fourth panel especially, with its perspective view of Mike and Mark walking towards the frame, seems like a bold, graphic step forward. So to speak.

BOOKSELLER
Maryhelen Posey | Calgary, CANADA | April 14, 2017

Thank you for "Emergency Room for the Mind," about the fourth-generation bookseller in Jordan. How have I not known about Atlas Obscura? Now I have another site I must visit every day!

GIGGLE
Melinda Capozza | Augusta, GA | April 11, 2017

Re today's Classic strip: "Hard bodies and soft minds" could be said of many people. As usual, Garry, you make me giggle.

ACCIDENTLY?
Patrick Furness | Bel Air, MD | April 11, 2017

"Accidently?" I was ready to chide GBT or his editor on letting a typo slip through in panel three of today's strip. Then I thought I'd better check, just in case I was the bad speller, and whaddya know, I learned something. Words can have more than one correct spelling. 

WHY SETTLE?
Edward Cherlin | Columbus, IN | April 09, 2017

Why settle for the evil that Trump does? Write your own Trump Executive Order here.

TODAY'S STRIP
Brian Harvey | Berkeley, CA | April 09, 2017

I don't get today's strip. The Executive Orders Trump signs in public are evil too.

GO GET 'EM
Melinda Capozza | Augusta, GA | April 09, 2017

I love today's strip -- especially the first two panels. Go get 'em, Garry.

AVID READER
Fred Waiss | Prairie du Chien, WI | April 08, 2017

I was, and am, an avid reader of Doonesbury -- pretty much from the start of the strip. But in the late '80s I was in a small town in Nebraska and their paper did not carry it, so all this with Mike and J.J. is new to me. Thanks, Garry, for the Classic reruns.

MYSTERY
Maryhelen Posey | Calgary, CANADA | April 06, 2017

Thank you, thank you for the wonderful DAILY BRIEFING article from Smithsonian! I might well have missed it, but I have been enamoured of the Minoan/Mycenaean mystery of since I was a teenager. And what a wonderful alternative to reading about Trump!

TRUMP
Maryhelen Posey | Calgary, CANADA | April 04, 2017

It's wise not to let Trump live in your head full time, but pity the reporters who must do it so that the rest of us can get caught up with the bits we need to without trying to pay attention all the time!

SUPERNOVAE
Brian Harvey | Berkeley, CA | April 03, 2017

Re SOMETHING. I wonder how many supernovae will be discovered next year, if Trump defunds the National Science Foundation?

TRUMP
Chris W. | US of A | April 03, 2017

if Trump is living in your head rent-free, that's not his fault, it's yours. But by all means, keep it up. This is how you lose city councils and mayorships. This is how you lose state legislatures and governorships. This is how you lose Congress; by focusing on Trump and only Trump. And yes, this is how you get President Trump. You may not understand the value of free advertising, but he does.

EVERYTHING
Marcia Martin | Longmont, CO | April 02, 2017

I was all ready to rant at the Blowback item SOLUTION until I saw that it was sent from Australia. The author can be forgiven for not understanding that, for many of us here in the U.S., nearly every aspect of life has changed. Sundays are the moveon.org conference call; Mondays are checking in with my Organizing for Action mentor; Tuesdays are Sierra Club, Girls Who Code, and the city council meeting. Wednesdays and Thursdays are for citizen lobbying at the Statehouse; and there's usually a demonstration on Saturday. TGIF we drink and complain. Everything has changed since the election.

SOMETHING
Edward Cherlin | Columbus, IN | April 02, 2017

Something that has nothing to do with Trump? Sure. Do you have any idea how many supernovae have been discovered in the last year?

SOLUTION
John | Sydney, AUSTRALIA | April 02, 2017

The solution to the problem of always complaining about Trump is  to stop the complaining and just get on with your almost-completely-unchanged-in-the-last-11-weeks life.

TREK
George S. | Tequesta, FL | April 02, 2017

I believe it's time for Roland to don his safari gear and undertake a lonely and dangerous trek inside the president's brain. This time, instead of the impenetrable morass of Reagan, he will encounter a clear complex of roadways consisting of one-way streets.

BECHDEL TEST
Alex | Brooklyn, NY | April 02, 2017

From today's strip, I surmise a new subset of the Bechdel Test: "A work must feature at least two women, these women must talk to each other, and their conversation must concern something other than Donald Trump."

POST-ELECTION QUESTION
Laurette Tuckerman | Paris, FRANCE | April 02, 2017

Concerning today's Doonesbury family lunch: Back in the golden days when we were all so sure that Clinton would win, I would say "What on earth will we all talk about after the election? I predict many silent dinner parties and greatly increased productivity as people stop obsessing about politics on the web and Facebook." Well, that's one post-election question we didn't have to answer.