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  • TODAY'S STRIP

    L.J. | Brooklyn, NY | November 03, 2013

    I just read today's strip. Does this mean the hiatus is over??? Will there be a new strip tomorrow? Yippee!!!!

  • NAME TAGS

    Ina Clausen | Oakland, CA | October 31, 2013

    I'm getting old(er). It would help sooo much if everyone in the strip would wear name tags. Thank you for your attention. I think I'll remember this.

  • MUDLINE

    Sue | Oakland, CA | October 31, 2013

    The current Mudline reminded me a something I heard recently from my son. He's long had a fascination with the group-names for various animals -- a herd of cows, a pod of whales, a flock of chickens. Well, the name for a group of baboons is a "congress." Explains a lot about our House of Representatives, doesn't it.

  • ONE REASON

    Ray | Bountiful, UT | October 31, 2013

    Yesterday and today's strips are one of the many reasons I have been a fan of Doonesbury for years. Leo and Alex's relationship is perfect for this generation's Warriors.

  • NOT THAT FAR

    Schuyler | Ames, IA | October 29, 2013

    Seeing B.D. working hard to convince his newly minted Walden paid athletes that schoolwork is contrary to their established purpose really shows that no matter what the years have brought to his life, we are never that far from the author of "Our Friend, The Beaver". Thanks so much!

  • EQ

    Tony Phillips | Chicago, IL | October 29, 2013

    Alex's IQ may soar over that of her husband, but he is out ahead of her with regard to that other sort of smarts: EQ - emotional intelligence. If humanity can save itself from destruction, it will be owing to a significant rise in collective EQ.

  • DREW

    Nermal | San Juan, PUERTO RICO | October 29, 2013

    If original weekday strips ever reappear, and if Mr. Trudeau keeps at his trade long enough, I strongly suspect that Drew is going to contract breast cancer. She's too perfect and GBT is too clever: a deadly combo. It will all be very sad....

  • BEING HONEST

    Mike Strickland | El Dorado, AR | October 28, 2013

    B.D. is just being honest, as Walden is being honest. How many graduates of big college football programs are any thing other than participants in an unpaid NFL farm system? The NCAA rules make fraudsters of players, coaches, boosters, and everybody associated with college sports.

  • DAILY BRIEFING STORY

    John Brennand | Langley, CANADA | October 27, 2013

    Had the Daily Briefing story "Some Iranians Want to Renew an Old Chant" run on a different date and/or media source, one might have been tempted to think it was a gag column. With Iran the truth can seem as absurd as the fictional.

  • IN CHARACTER

    Jimmy Chadwick | Aushland, OR | October 27, 2013

    This is B.D. in character for Halloween, right? I hope so.

  • DISAPPOINTED

    Bruce Love | Langhorne, PA | October 27, 2013

    I'm a bit disappointed in today's Doonesbury. Somehow I thought B.D. had evolved more generally, with a more sensitive side.

  • NEUROIMAGING

    D. Mitchell | Sacramento, CA | October 24, 2013

    I'm glad we're revisiting good ol' poor ol' Ray this week. I'd forgotten how much I enjoyed this particular exchange about neuroimaging: "What was I thinking?" "I don't know, but I want a picture of it."

  • EASIER

    Jesse Baker | Pound, VA | October 21, 2013

    At least it's Mike moving next door and not J.J. It would be easier for Alex to handle her loving father being around all the time, as opposed to her evil mom and her scheming douche of a boyfriend.

  • A GOOD THING

    Benjamin Smeall | Green Bay, WI | October 21, 2013

    If the grandparents buy a condo next door, the key is: Can they be flexible to help when it's needed, and to back off when that's better? Don't discount the value of extended family. In Latin America, children living close to their parents in adulthood is quite common. If the generations can share assets for the common good, this is a good thing.

  • TODAY'S COMIC

    Robert Brooke | Pittsburgh, PA | October 21, 2013

    Today's flashback comic is great. It reminds me of a conversation I had with a medic in Baghdad, 2007. The poor kid was 18, a replacement, and had been in country less than a week. "You've been hit by six IED's? This tour? SGT, I don't know if I have room on this form for that." Great medic once he settled down a bit.

  • CONUNDRUM

    Alice H. | Boston, MA | October 21, 2013

    This Sunday strip captured perfectly the conundrum I've lived with in my ten years of being a grandparent.

  • MOM'S HELP

    Karen Hale | Sane Diego, CA | October 20, 2013

    As the mother of twins, now grown and gone, I welcomed my mom's help after the babies were born. Never had to have a "talk." She was one of those awesome grandmas who understood that the babies were mine but I was hers. She's gone now and missed by the whole family.

  • THE TALK

    Doug Murphy | Essex Junction, VT | October 20, 2013

    Today's strip brought back memories of the birth of my oldest son. My mother-in-law had come up from Florida to "help out for a couple of weeks" and ended up staying for over a month and actually almost taking away our responsibility for our own child. I would come home from work and find that the tension in the house was such that it was affecting the little guy's psyche. We had to have "the talk" with my mother-in-law (who I actually got on okay with) about putting a cap on her visit. Very painful, I'm afraid, but once she left the change in the baby was remarkable. But it took several months.

  • THRILLED

    Tony Phillips | Chicago, IL | October 20, 2013

    Just about any young mom with a PhD who has great things to do and prospects ahead of her that require a lot of time away from the nursery would be thrilled to have lovely grandfolks like these around to take up the slack; better than hiring strangers.

  • A GOOD THING

    Peter Mikkelsen | Pasco, WA | October 20, 2013

    Ahh... If Mike & Kim can just hang around and never intervene in Alex & Toggle's "private lives"  -- no matter how loud the discussions become (barring the need for physical rescue, of course) -- they stand a good chance of becoming part of the twins' daily landscape, and that will definitely be a good thing!