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HONEST MAN
Ed Cherlin | Columbus, IN | August 18, 2013

Yup, the Honest Man nailed it again. Even better than the last time this strip appeared. “Is there anyone more tongue-tied than a Republican politician talking about women?” asked Independent Women's Forum panel moderator Christina Hoff Sommers, quoted in this article on conservative women Republicans. It would be so much better if they were merely tongue-tied; the leadership would no doubt prefer they just stop talking.

BACON-LOVIN' MAN
G. Leslie Sweetnam | Woodstock, CT | August 18, 2013

Mmmm...I'm an angry, white, well-armed, evangelical, bacon-lovin' man who balances in the ground where Libertarian and Green overlap, proud of Blumenthal and Murphy and all our Democratic reps. Maybe those other guys should try listening to NPR for a while.

RAM DAS
Margaret Lark | Littleton, MA | August 15, 2013

Today's 15-years-ago Flashback of Lacey and Dick Davenport reminded me of Baba Ram Das: "We're all just walking each other home." Yup. Thank you for all the laughter along the way. Please keep it coming, there are miles and miles to go yet.

MELISSA
Sandra Moffett | Indianapolis, IN | August 15, 2013

I'm digging the current set of Flashbacks featuring Melissa, as I did when they were originally run, because I love to see her smile. No longer the hunched-over girl we first met -- truly Army Strong!

LACEY AND DICK
Timothy Savage | Queens, NY | August 15, 2013

I know it's just a cartoon, but the scenes 15 years ago with Lacey and Dick as she passes away are profoundly moving.

15 YEARS AGO
Brooksey | Nantwich, UK | August 15, 2013

I'd forgotten how beautiful was Lacey Davenport's passing. This week's 15 years ago Flashbacks put tears in my eyes every day.

CASUAL HOMOPHOBIA
Jesse Baker | Pound, VA | August 14, 2013

I sometimes wonder about Mel and her father. His casual homophobia and saying stuff like asking his daughter to not "dwell" on her being raped, is scary in a lot of ways. It kind of makes me wonder if the real reason Mel enlisted (and re-enlisted) was to get away from him.

THE WAR AT HOME
John Brennad | Langley, CANADA | August 12, 2013

And now back to the war at home... Right on time for a revisit of our favourite (note English spelling!) post-Iraq storyline.

ADVICE
Marilyn Richardson | Bellingham, WA | August 12, 2013

I loved Sunday's strip, but tell Mike Doonesbury to forget those TV news "shows" and watch PBS news! Just some friendly advice from a 78-year-old neighbor and fan.

WHAT I'VE BEEN SEEING
Russ Mertz | Salt Lake City, UT | August 11, 2013

Garry, today's cartoon captures exactly what I've been seeing in TV "news." As for my feelings, I now have a barf bucket sitting beside my chair. Thanks.

NOTED
H. P. | Wayne, NE | August 10, 2013

Re NEVER TAKEN: It should also be noted that on May 26, 1865 the Confederate commander in Texas, General Kirby Smith, formally surrendered the 43,000 Confederate soldiers in Texas to Union General Edward Canby. Shortly thereafter Smith signed formal surrender papers, thus ending formal Confederate resistence in Texas. To claim that Texas "never surrendered" is a bit like someone claiming that because Admiral Donitz was a military leader and not the civilian head of government, that Germany never surrendered; in either case, the end result was the same and further resistence would only have resutled in greater destruction of the defeated side.

WANTS TO LEAVE
Gary Wheeler | Little Rock, AR | August 10, 2013

The Sell Texas website fits in well with this past week's secession theme. There may be one state that wants to leave the union, but there are 49 that would love to give it the boot. And for good reasons.

BABOONS
Rick | New Haven, CT | August 10, 2013

I know why the baboons in a Dutch zoo are so depressed. They realized that Doonesbury was taking the month off!

A NEW TWIST
Ed Owens | Calgary, CANADA | August 10, 2013

There has been an active secessionist sentiment here in Western Canada for a generation or more. A new twist on these ideas and one which might bring them to fruition would be an alliance involving Texas and the other States bordering the Eastern Slope of the Rocky Mountains. Alberta and Saskatchewan have a lot of geographical and political similarities to Montana, the Dakotas, Wyoming, Nebraska, Colorado. Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. Economically they should have no problem surviving in a political union with their vast oil and potash production and near monopoly in cattle and cereal grains. Perhaps the secessionists of Texas, if they are really serious, would be wise to explore this alternative.

THE TEXAS THING
S. Bradley | Austin, TX | August 10, 2013

I am native Texan, for many generations, and very politically conservative. You nailed it, spot on. Keep the Texas thing going.

BACK TO MEXICO
Jim | Syracuse, NY | August 09, 2013

Why not just give Texas back to Mexico? Wouldn't that settle the illegal immigration issue?

T-SHIRT
Allie | Gettysburg, PA | August 09, 2013

I'm enjoying the Texas strips now more than the first time. I think secessionist Texans would appreciate a T-shirt I saw in Gettysburg yesterday. It said, "If at first you don't secede, try, try again!"

FRIENDS IN TEXAS
Joe Morice | O'Fallon, MO (St. Charles County, land of fascists in mufti) | August 08, 2013

I can't begin to tell you how much I appreciate your Texas secession strips. I have friends in Texas who seem to be great, intelligent people until they wax political. Then you'd think they suffered head injuries and became functional morons. If they are ticked off it means the day wasn't wasted. Keep up the fine work.

NEVER TAKEN
D.F. Owensby | Norfolk, VA | August 08, 2013

It should be noted that Texas was never taken by Union forces, and never surrendered after the war. It simply requested readmission to the Union. Texas could do this because of its size and its critical location across traveler-friendly routes to the west.

PETITION
Joe Welling | Saint Louis, MO | August 08, 2013

With the Texas secession petition flashback series, the thing that rarely gets mentioned is that this was a petition to the White House -- as if the President of the United States has the authority to grant a petition to secede. How about we petition the Texas Board of Education to tighten up their civics class requirements?