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CHRONOLOGICAL DOONESBURY
Gideon Wraigh | US of A | February 23, 2017

I started reading Doonesbury as a kid in the mid 1980s, and have recently had the notion to go back and read your work through from the beginning. However, you seem to have at least 50 books, so what is the order I should follow to read your work clear through chronologically? Thanks for the assist.

Editor's Note:

 A comprehensive answer to this question is provided in an FAQ which was first posted on September 11, 2011, and has been updated since. It appears on page six of our FAQ archive (the seventh entry from the top), and you will be placed in proximity to it via this link.

TODAY'S VIDEO
Karen | Alberta, CANADA | February 22, 2017

I'll have what she's having...

Editor's Note:

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AMERICA FIRST
Glenn Gordon | Racine, WI | February 20, 2017

In the 25-years-ago-today Flashback strip: "I don't like this negative 'America First' thing that's being put out there by that negative crowd that we're seeing." Holy s***!

FINE
Grant H. | Hamilton, CANADA | February 20, 2017

I am fine with "Oh God" being used. I think I have heard other people say it in everyday converse, even atheists. I first read the BLOWBACK comment as objecting to using "Oh God" as a causal explanation. I would object to this. Our present mess shouldn't be blamed on any of the many gods humanity has created.

OH GOD
Sherry O'Sullivan | B.C., CANADA | February 20, 2017

Considering that Sunday's strip artfully shows the deleterious effect Hair Drumpf's abysmal literacy and critical thinking skills are having on the upcoming generation, I thought "Oh God" was more like a cry for help. I know I say it over and over every time I tune in to the news.

QUALITY
R.E. | Moorhead, MN | February 20, 2017

I appreciate Doonesbury's consistently high production quality. I object to including "Oh, God" as a casual exclamation.

LAROUCHE
Edwin Cherlin | Columbus, IN | February 17, 2017

I first became aware of Lyndon Larouche when I happened on a copy of his "Children of Satan" tract, still available at the Internet Archive. Larouche and his associates claimed that several military officers were Satanists, and Dick Cheney was doing their bidding by trying to start a nuclear war with Iran. Alternative facts are nothing new in America. 

WELCOME BACK!
M. Harris | Lascassas, TN | February 16, 2017

The Flashbacks page revisits the first appearance of Phred, 45 years ago today. Welcome back!

DUKE
Thomas L. Olsen | El Paso, TX | February 16, 2017

Former Ambassador Duke should have a job in the Trump Administration. Ethics Czar might be appropriate. Or special assistant to Steve Bannon.

WAYS OF SEEING
George S. | Tequesta, FL | February 14, 2017

Today's video, John Berger's "Ways of Seeing," is a fascinating view of how we interpret the world around us. I wonder what his opinion would be of the internet, the iPhone, the portable computer screen -- not to mention visual "special effects" -- on the impact to society's visualization of the world around us. All images, real or distorted, are available to all, their interpretation left open to the viewer.

15 MINUTES
Craig Baumberger | Greenville, IL | February 10, 2017

I just spent 15 minutes reading Hedley tweets. Great way to start the day.

LIKE VIETNAM
Edward Cherlin | Columbus, IN | February 08, 2017

I'm surprised there hasn't been a Trump brand of Dr.-Whoopee-type products. He puts his name on everything else, and in 1997 he bragged about how dangerous it was sleeping around. “It's scary, like Vietnam. It is my personal Vietnam. I feel like a great and very brave soldier."

BUCHANAN TRENCH
Mike | Vineland, NJ | February 08, 2017

So, 25 years ago, they were contemplating the 1,500-mile "Buchanan Trench." After 25 years of contemplation, one would think that by now they'd have figured out how to pay for it.

25 YEARS AGO
Andrew Hobley | Andover, UK | February 08, 2017

I had to reread Sunday's "25 years ago" strip several times: In 1992 a 1,500-mile trench to keep out Mexicans was a mad idea from a neo-Nazi. And now ...

SUNDAY'S STRIP
John Ghalt | Anchorage, AK | February 07, 2017

This past Sunday's strip evokes my teenaged life without aid of rosy lenses: first flight with a paper “red carbon” ticket (like cash, don’t lose it); first legal drink at 18 (at a luau in Honolulu); first vote at 19. No picture ID required for any of that. At 58, state law now requires liquor store ID check even for a bottled Coke; “temporary DL” rejected by TSA (good thing I had a passport card). They still accept a paper voter registration card (the GOP hasn’t yet screwed up voting access in Alaska). An odd contrast -- at 15 I drove 110 on a straight-arrow Kansas highway with Mom napping beside me (still a personal record). I took the driving test the day after my 16th birthday (1974). Sam is college age, at least 18, with no DL. Even stranger: she thinks driving is “life-or-death” -- it took me years to figure that out.

HAVING PROBLEMS
Drew | Toronto, CANADA | February 05, 2017

Trump is having problems dealing with "so-called judges"? Better call Saul! Hey, it worked for Walter White and Jesse Pinkman...

ANOTHER REASON
Edward Cherlin | Columbus, IN | February 05, 2017

Another reason to get a driver's license is to be able to use a credit/debit card. Or to walk along the street while Black or Brown.

DYSFUNCTIONAL
Terry D. McGee | Sydney, AUSTRALIA | February 05, 2017

Do Americans understand how dysfunctional America is? I go to a busy inner-city Sydney government office where I can get over 100 different documents processed (including driver's license). I get to sit, read, use a laptop, whatever, until my number is called out. A few weeks ago I was there and they had a backlog -- so they called in extra staff. It took me twenty minutes -- some hard luck cases took thirty. Employ some extra workers, America! You're supposed to be a great country -- make your rich people pay some tax so you can live in a civilized society.

SPIRITS
David Glenn | Byron, MI | February 05, 2017

Thank you! Thank you...for the Sunday morning Rachmaninov. It lifted the spirits on a cold, grey Michigan Day.

THE GOVERNATOR
Brian Harvey | Berkeley, CA | February 04, 2017

Re the 2-4-17 SayWhat?: As a Californian who remembers the days of the Governator, it's pretty ironic to have to look to him as the voice of common sense, moderation, and humor.