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DICTATORS
Bruce Kraus | New York, NY | April 30, 2016

Duke's consulting practice representing brutal dictators like Trff Bmzklfrpz had always seemed like a fantasy to me. Then I read about the career of the latest addition to Team Trump, Paul Manafort. I am genuinely confused at this point about the difference between the strip's characters and reality.

STORYLINE
Terri | San Juan Capistrano, CA | April 28, 2016

I just want to express my delight in this storyline, with Duke being a zombie. Make it last for a long whil

SCARY
Mike Wilson | Vineland, NJ | April 27, 2016

Todays scary moment: realizing that the Insulters-in-Chief, Trff Bmzklfrpz and Donald Trump, share so many similarities.

ROUGH STUFF
Angie | Nova, VA | April 27, 2016

Some rough stuff in the ten-years-ago-today Flashback strip. These are wounds that don't show on the surface. When we thank our veterans for their service we should probably try to remember that we asked them to take emotional bullets like these for us as well as the explosive kind.

LIBEL
Linda R. | Colchester, UK | April 24, 2016

The last thing you want is for your country to turn into a destination for libel tourists, the way we are. That said, at least we aren't prosecuting comedians for calling out dictators.

TRUE
Brian Harvey | Berkeley, CA | April 18, 2016

Sunday's strip would be funnier if it were less true.

BOOPSIE
Roy | Warrenville, IL | April 18, 2016

If ever Boopsie deserved to graduate from "innocent eyes" to "Doonesbury eyes," it was when she had to deal with B.D.'s absence during Desert Storm -- the series which is currently running in the 25-years-ago section of the Doonesbury Flashbacks page.

DOESN'T SEEM FUNNY
John | Madison, WI | April 18, 2016

Somehow, the five-years-ago-today Flashback strip from 2011 just doesn't seem funny this time around...

EARNING MILLIONS
Rom | New Britain, CT | April 17, 2016

Brilliant idea, GBT! Now Mr. Trump can turn an honest profit on actual insults that he himself has invented and branded. This will help him achieve a triumph that has thus far eluded him -- earning millions through his own honest intellectual labor.

INSULTS
Clark Cowan | Lexington, KY | April 17, 2016

I hope you're developing Trump Insults into an app. You'd sell more than a few of them. Is this a great country, or what?

CARTOONS
Alyn Adams | Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA | April 16, 2016

Modern parenting has indeed evolved with respect to gender roles, more involved dads, dual-job families co-parenting, and many other common-sense ways that make the clueless dad of the 80s seem out of place. You know what helped us make that evolution? Cartoons like the ones showing Rick learning to cope with the realities of parenting.

CHANGE
Kate | Bugibba, MALTA | April 16, 2016

I like that this week's storyline is being re-published just as many countries are starting serious discussion of exponential technology change, an eventual >50% unemployment economy, and Universal Basic Income policies. I'm not sure I'll live long enough to see it all play out (but at the ever-increasing rate of change, I just might). UBI would allow parents to step out of the workforce entirely for a child's first ten or twelve years, which would be fine in an economy that becomes so automated that there simply aren't that enough jobs to go around. It could be a very interesting society...

LONELY TIMES
Sue | Oakland, CA | April 15, 2016

I'm loving this week's Classic storyline. So many parallels to what our family got through when our oldest was born in the summer of '92. We decided that my husband would give up his job and stay home with the kid. It was really hard for him. Not so much the childcare part, but the "glass floor at the playground sandbox" -- none of the moms would speak to him or let their children interact much with our little boy. Incredibly lonely times.

PARENTING
Kien Lang | Arlington, MA | April 15, 2016

I was assuming most of the parenting duties for my three children in the early '90s. The new director of the department delayed the first meeting I had with him from 4:30 p.m., the normal end of office hours, to 5:45 p.m. in 15-minute increments. I had to rush to terminate the meeting quickly. I had to pay fines for picking up my children late. He had a successful career.

LACK OF RESPECT
Patrick | Arvada, CO | April 15, 2016

The lack of respect for parenting in the workplace hadn't changed much since 1986. In fact, today's parents probably have it just as bad, if not worse.

MOMS AND DADS
Angie | Nova, USA | April 15, 2016

The rerun storyline this week remains just as relevant as ever. Employers continue to put unconscionable demands on their employees, causing them to sacrifice their personal lives for the sake of a paycheck; moms and dads continue to scurry back and forth between their careers and families at whiplash pace, wondering if they'll find balance sometime before they're too old to enjoy it; Americans continue to desperately need breaks and vacations that they'll never really get to take. Some things never change, do they?

DAY CARE
John Ghalt | Anchorage, AK | April 14, 2016

Drop-off is not a problem. Pick-up is potentially a big deal. A good day care, one with a waiting list, charges you late fees -- the last one for us was a dollar per minute, charged with a smile.

CURRENT STORYLINE
Gheth | Dublin, VA | April 14, 2016

While I’ve always enjoyed the comment and thoughtfulness of Doonesbury, I have to take a bit of umbrage with the current storyline. I work with nontraditional students, which includes a large and growing number of single dads. These men are far from the helpless idiots we like to portray in popular culture, but responsible parents just as capable and competent as single moms are portrayed throughout our society. While I realize the current storyline is from 1986, we as a culture and society have changed substantially since these strips were originally published.

LITERARY DESCENDANT
Marcia Martin | Longmont, CO | April 12, 2016

Good on Gary Wagner for calling out Sunday's strip as a literary descendant of Mark Twain's The War Prayer. It should be required reading for all citizens. During 2002-2003, another appalling time in recent history, i posted a copy of The War Prayer on my office door at work as a counterweight to all the American flags with eagles that were stuck on every cubicle and car window. I got called into HR, of course.

NEWFOUND RESPECT
John Ghalt | Anchorage, AK | April 12, 2016

  Once I had "temped" as Weekend Mom-In-Chief for our two toddlers, I had newfound respect for the permanent position. Redfern better man up, he has only one nose to wipe (not counting the one over his 'stache).