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YANKEE JOKES
Jan Payne | Austin, TX | December 14, 2012

I'm a Northerner accidentally living in Texas, who is sick and tired of hearing "Yankee" jokes. I am just loving your strip Texas secession strips this week!

ALLOW AUSTIN TO SECEDE
Steve Brooks and Larry Lyon | Austin, TX | December 13, 2012

We have submitted our own petition to the White House to allow Austin to secede from the State of Texas and remain part of the US.

LAY OFF
Nick | Yuba City, TX | December 13, 2012

I'm not from Texas but I think everyone should lay off them. I've known pleanty of Texans in my time and considered them darn good friendly folks. Yes I known they secceded once before, but that is the past. We've reconciled our differences, and the Lone Star State has bravely stood up for this country since then. It would be a shame to lose Texas from the United States. They love who they are and the rest of the country should respect that, stop bickering and bad mouthing, and start being what our surname states: UNITED.

NOT FROM TEXAS
Mike Sandman | Brookline, MA | December 13, 2012

If you go to the Texas secession page on the whitehouse.gov website (and log in yourself as though you want to sign) you'll see that many of the signatories (including me) are not from Texas. I guess we're all channeling Henny Youngman and saying, "Take Texas -- Please!"

QUIP
John Biddle | AMERICA | December 13, 2012

Today's strip reminded me of a quip by late New Zealand Prime Minister Robert Muldoon in response to a question regarding the number of New Zealanders moving to Australia. He thought it was a good thing because it increased the average IQ of both countries.

PASSIONS
Elizabeth | Longmont, CO | December 13, 2012

Texans' passions are more impressive than their educational deficits; be careful not to aggravate them too much!

DISAPPOINTED
Sue Lester | Comstock Park, MI | December 12, 2012

I was disappointed that I could not find the "Forget the Alamo" group online, but if you would like to expel Texas from the Union, you can sign a petition here.

RAVI AND ANOUSHKA SHANKAR
Stephen | Yerefvan, ARMENIA | December 12, 2012

Today's video with Ravi and Anoushka Shankar is a gem -- not because I am a huge fan of Indian music or the sitar, but because it shows the universality of jazz: while the rhythms and sounds are pure Indian, the bending of notes, the trading of fourths, the syncopation, and the interweaving of melodies are all jazz. Thanks for sharing!

DISTURBED
Jim Lollar | Chattanooga, TN | December 12, 2012

I'm a transplanted Texan, and while I love Doonesbury and follow it every day, I'm a bit disturbed by your recent rant against this stupid secessionist movement in my fair state. Like all states, we have our share -- some would say more than our share -- of reactionary morons, but I think even they, in their heart of hearts, don't really want this to happen. Okay, I guess such stupidity really should be lampooned, but please don't lump us all together and lead people to think all Texans are that way. It is after all 120,000 from a state of over 26 million, an extremely tiny, but vocal, slice of the population.

GENERATION Y
L.S.M. | Edmonds, WA | December 12, 2012

I hate what you've done with Jeff. A lot of Generation Y kids manage to be successful. The vast majority of those moving home are doing so because they can't find jobs due to the terrible economy, not because they are slackers or waste their oportunities. Jeff's creative and intelligent. I hope he finds his niche.

SECESSION
Sara | Underhill, VT | December 11, 2012

Speaking of secession, today's Non Sequitor is perfect! Leading Texans is a bit like herding cats.

YOUNG REDFERN
Jahn Ghalt | Anchorage, AK | December 11, 2012

A while back my daughter's sixteen-year-old best friend moved in as a guest (after a big blowup with his mom). He soon became a foster child and eventually a nineteen-year-old roommate. This summer that became too close for him, so he moved out and is now paying $550/month toward rent/utilities on a $10/hour job and is planning to attend college part time. In order to afford that he stopped operating his car and saved $300/month on gasoline and auto insurance -- he walks to work when it's his turn to work graveyard. I see young Redfern and (don't) wonder who the child really is.

THE REAL PURPOSE
Brian Harvey | Berkeley, CA | December 10, 2012

I think the real purpose of this week's storyline isn't to make fun of Texas; it's to remind us that, bad as Jeff may be, at least he isn't Earl. And that even absentee parenting isn't as bad as Faginesque parenting.

TEXAS SECEDING
Donna C. | Lucerne, CA | December 10, 2012

I would be happy to donate to the cause of Texas seceding, with one caveat: Willie Nelson and band/family get immediate diplomatic immunity and visas to travel anywhere in America.

NEW MEANING
Pete | Hillsdale, NJ | December 10, 2012

The next potential project for Duke and Son gives new meaning to the phrase "Lone Star State."

EMBARRASSED AND APPALLED
Sydney Busch | Dallas, TX | December 10, 2012

A fourth-generation Texan -- once a proud one --  I look at Texas, home to greats like Sam Rayburn, Lyndon Johnson, Lloyd Bentsen and Ann Richards, and I am embarrassed and appalled at what has happened to this once great state. The inmates have indeed taken over (beginning with W and Karl Rove). I give you total and complete permission to skewer Texas (I know you were waiting for my permission). I am sad and angry.

TEXAS
Pam | Miami, FL | December 10, 2012

If Texas backs out of seceding, maybe we can sucker Mexico into taking it back. There's the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders and still a bit oil in the ground to sweeten the deal.

SMALL POTATOES
Jean Latz Griffin | Arlington Heights, IL | December 09, 2012

While I agree that Jeff handled his success poorly, he did write a book, a very imaginative and profitable one! That's not small potatoes in today's publishing world.

C'MON JEFF!
Jim Milstein | New Uraniborg, CO | December 09, 2012

C'mon Jeff! Surely the Rascal's lack of footwear can be leveraged into survival and victory over evil. You can do it, boy -- think! Does that cape, or rather, vest have magical powers? That goat is no mere witness, I bet.

SOCIAL HISTORY
Dave | Abington, PA | December 06, 2012

I've been reading Doonesbury since the late 70s, when I was in high school. Last year I read the whole series from the beginning, and it's as good a social history of the last 40 years as any book ever written. Thank you, and please keep doing it forever!