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TEACHER
J.D. | Hawthorne, NEVADA | April 03, 2013

Speaking of bad situations, I am a teacher. In Nevada, if you work for the state, when you retire and apply for your pension 2/3 of your Social Security benefits will then permanently disappear due to some sort of 'windfall profit' legislation. I earned my Social Security, but will never see most of it. Even if you move to another state after retiring, this rule holds. Because of this law I will be reduced to poverty after retirement -- which wouldn't happen if I received all of my Social Security benefits. Only a few states in the union have this 'windfall' law. Our union is constantly trying to undo this crazy law but having no success in this Republican-governed state, which is also a 'Right-to-Work' (forever) state. I did not know of this law when I moved here or I would not have.

UH OH
Jerry Horn | Mill Valley, CA | April 03, 2013

Uh oh. Are B.D. and Boopsie headed for the rocks?

EARTH TO ZONK
Ed Cherlin | Columbus, IN | April 02, 2013

Earth to Zonk: It is worse in right-to-work-and-not-get-paid states like Indiana, and will continue to be until Democrats vote their numbers nationwide. Before the election I wrote about it on Daily Kos.

B.D. AND ZONKER
Edward C. | Denver, CO | April 01, 2013

B.D. and Zonker! Thirty-eight years since it started for me, it's so cool to still have them in my life.

GOOD TO SEE
Allie | Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC | March 31, 2013

It's good to see I'm not the only mother that lives to embarrass her children. Lucky for my kids we didn't have video camera access back then. Not that this stops me.

LEO AND ALEX
Pat Goudey O'Brien | Warren, VT | March 31, 2013

Ah, I just love those two. GBT draws Leo as such an awesome, complex, and inherently decent person. But one with a huge dollop of 'fun' in his soul. Leo's relationship with Alex and their interplay is so much fun to contemplate. I keep thinking one has to be at least a bit of a really, really nice person to create such characters. They could not come from the mind of a mean person, even if the mind they do come from is also capable of creating Duke. Thanks to Garry for such fun people to spend time with on a quiet Sunday morning in late March.

GET OUT HERE, ZONK!
N. Fraz | Woodland Park, CO | March 30, 2013

Interestingly, "Kevin Colorado Springs" makes sense! The Springs has embraced medical marijuana as a terrific source of tax revenue. There are dozens of dispensaries within the city limits. I'm not a card-carrying "member," but I appreciate that the revenue it has generated allowed the city to re-open public toilets and re-install trash cans within the city parks and trails system; yes, those amenities were gone for a time. Get out here, Zonk! KCS is welcome in the Springs!

SMILE
Jan Cunningham, | New Haven, CT | March 29, 2013

Frame three today: I've never seen B.D. smile. And this hint of a smile -- alert self interest, drawn with so little information between upper lip and nose, but conveying perfectly the lack of information in B.D.'s character; eyebrows tilted in unexpected pleasure. It's amazing.

DIATRIBES
Jason Thorn | Phoenix, AZ | March 29, 2013

Zonker, B.D. had to listen to all of your game-derailing diatribes when you were on the team. And now you complain when he actually enjoys the conversation?

PSEUDO HIP
Marc H. | Boulder, CO | March 28, 2013

Kevin Colorado Springs? Colorado Springs, home of Focus on the Family? Are you kidding? How about Kevin Boulder (The People's Republic of Boulder) or even Kevin Teluride or Aspen or Ward (a smaller People's Republic higher up in the Rockies above Boulder.) Zonker is just too East Coast pseudo hip.

NERVOUS
Bill Shortell | West Hartford, CT | March 27, 2013

I'm a union activist and a long-time fan. I'm already nervous about your "strike" theme. A strike is a very carefully considered, democratic action by deeply dissatisfied workers, who have attempted to negotiate with their managers before taking such a serious step. We don't chose our strike leaders like that. There's a vote. Stoners would not be likely to win. Your strip is very influential. Please treat us with truth and justice. Do you have experienced advisers for this?

BLOWN HIS COVER
Ed Cherlin | Columbus, IN | March 27, 2013

Uh, oh, I think Zonk's blown his cover. What's this about "normally" not being stoned?

ZONKER
Duffy | Kookville, NY | March 27, 2013

Zonker leading a strike? Now that's rich!!

SPRINGS
Scamp | Sandy, OR | March 26, 2013

As a Springs native I don't think Zonker or his plants would thrive in "The City of Wide Streets and Narrow Minds."

VIDEO-BOMBING
Barb | Bend, OR | March 26, 2013

I wonder if this incident was one of the inspirations for last week's story arc. After this prime example of video-bombing, I'm sure that a number of aides were told to comb their hair, put down the smart phones, stay focused and in control.

ZONKER
Tony Phillips | Chicago, IL | March 26, 2013

Zonker would do a lot better as "Ben Boulder."

SO WRONG
Jim Milstein, General Astronomical Officer | New Uraniborg, CO | March 26, 2013

Colorado Springs is so wrong for Z. Please allow me to offer New Uraniborg, home to the Keplerian Institution, which would be honored to have Zonker as its Horticulturist in Residence.

BETTER MATCH
Tim Eastman | Lee's Summit, MO | March 26, 2013

Zonk will not be happy as "Kevin Colorado Springs." I suggest "Martin Manitou Springs" as a little better match.

FAR OUT
Bob Herlihy | Milford, MA | March 26, 2013

Far out!

JOHN
Dan Duffy | Durham, NC | March 26, 2013

John! I last saw him in Ha Noi, 1994, weeks after Viet Nam granted Americans with visas permission to travel freely there. He played the Soviet Youth Friendship Palace, biggest venue in town, with surely not enough seats to make his nut. We were doing the same thing, opening up our countries at personal expense. I would not have been caught dead at a John Denver show under any other circumstance. I married the Foreign Business School student who invited me to that concert. We're divorced, John is dead, and his music that night remains a lovely memory.