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NIT-PICKY
Tina | Lexington, KY | May 30, 2012

Re Roz. It's nit-picky I know, but:  "Hair will not fall over the eyebrows or extend below the bottom edge of the collar at any time during normal activity or when standing in formation. Long hair that falls naturally below the bottom edge of the collar, to include braids, will be neatly and inconspicuously fastened or pinned, so no free-hanging hair is visible."

KIDS
Just Another Specialist | Socorro, NM | May 30, 2012

There's a flashback -- kids will ask the darndest things. At an elementary school in El Paso, (fortunately) before either of my two OIF tours, third-graders weren't interested in hearing about anything except whether or not I had ever killed anyone. Admittedly, this was the first summer of the war (2003) and imagery was rampant. Still...

As for Roz's hair -- above the collar, please! I remember what I had to go through (even overseas) to keep my hair from attracting negative attention, and it keeps distracting me to see her hair that way. I'm not saying the crazy buns people stuffed under their miche helmets in Iraq were much better (how are you going to get that pro-mask on if there's an NBC attack, soldier?) but it's more realistic.

GET HER HAIR UP
Seven | Alexandria, VA | May 30, 2012

Love today's strip, but Roz needs to get her hair up to conform to regulation. Ponytails are only allowed when wearing the PT uniform. Sigh...

Editor's Note:

 PT = Physical Training

ON THE STREET
El Tea | Ramstein, GERMANY | May 29, 2012

If Roz has almost eight years and she's a Specialist, she may find herself out on the street unless she makes SGT very soon. Even so, with the cutbacks looming, she and Mel may both be out!

MEL AND ROZ
Alan Richtmyer | Brooklyn, NY | May 29, 2012

I really appreciate your portrayal of the enduring friendship of Mel and Roz. May Mel's father come to fully appreciate it as well.

A TREAT
Gordie | Fresno, CA | May 29, 2012

What a treat to see the strip featuring down home patriotic, straight up (especially Mel) complex-free American folks! The world can't get enough if them these days.

HOPEFUL
Fred | Bristol, WI | May 29, 2012

I hadn't actually thought about it until I saw today's strip, but it's been just over 20 years since I was discharged from the USAF for being bisexual. At the time, I sure didn't think I'd actually see the changes I've seen in a short two decades. This leaves me hopeful for yet more positive changes! Thank you for bringing these happy thoughts to my day.

TELL
Alan Richtmyer | Brooklyn, NY | May 29, 2012

Today's strip could be subtitled "Don't ask, tell!"

HITTING ON A GIRL
Gemma | Ljubljana, SLOVENIA | May 29, 2012

Since when does having long hair keep lesbians from hitting on a girl?! Maybe I just speak for myself, but we do love any kind of hair -- especially if there's a brain under it.

WELL DONE
Al, 1st Inf RVN '68 | North Eastham, MA | May 28, 2012

Welcome home, Melissa and Roz. A job well done.

THE SAME SEX
Catherine | Fayetteville, AR | May 28, 2012

Today's strip brings up a point that confuses me. Were Mel driving with a guy, would Dad worry if the guy hit on her? Why is being hit on by the same sex any more/less annoying or complimentary?

MEMORIAL DAY
Peter | Holliston, MA | May 27, 2012

Good on ya, B.D.! And just in time for Memorial Day, too.

KEEP THE PUBLIC AWARE
Fullervi | St. John, US VIRGIN ISLANDS | May 27, 2012

As a veteran, mercifully spared combat over my 20+ year Navy service, I truly appreciate your consistent support of all veterans and helping to keep the public aware of important issues that politicians would seem to rather let lie, undisturbed. Thank You!

 

B.D.'S SLUMP
John Sea | Dharamsala, INDIA | May 27, 2012

Awesome Mastery of Art demonstration: The last frame of today's strip -- B.D.'s slump into lightbulb-changing attitude. The dramatic change from frame one to frame last was beyond it! Thanks for the creative inspiration, and thanks for all the years.

WHAT DO WE DO?
Judy Gilbert | Rio Vista, CA | May 27, 2012

Glad to see you back with B.D. and the V.A. Center. Hope you stay with it a while. People need to be reminded. It’s not like WWII (when I was growing up), when everyone knew someone who was in it or had been in it, whether it was a father, brother, spouse, son, neighbor or other relative. Now we all say we support our troops, but what do we do to show we mean it?

EVOLVED
Kate Stuart | Cascade Locks, OR | May 25, 2012

Of course Mr. Romney's positions haven't evolved. Most of them have devolved. Keep up the good work, Mr. Trudeau.

AMNESIA
Caroline Bryan | independence, MO | May 25, 2012

Much as I've enjoyed the Mittbully strand, I have to remember that after college, in France, he was in a car accident that put him in a coma. That means brain damage, which may mean amnesia. He may be enduring the bully business only because he thinks admitting to amnesia would be even more damaging.

VAGUE MEMORIES
Marcus McEwen | Wilmette, IL | May 24, 2012

I was thinking of running for President so someone could tell me what I did in high school. I have vague memories of beer cans, Zig-Zags and Trojans. It is difficult to really put it all together. I am sure the press could sort it out for me.

FLOW
Paul Hawkins | Wooster, OH | May 23, 2012

Intended or not I love how the art direction of your fourth panel today takes the visual flow of the eye from the phrase "hate crimes" to the microphone cover labeled "Fox News." I would hate for anyone to think this is an intentional act of bullying on your part... On the other hand; good job!

OLD
Steve | Medford, OR | May 23, 2012

Yawn. Oh my, the Romney bully thing is getting really old, Mr. Trudeau. Is that the best you can do?