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Randi Hoffman | Ardsley, NY | August 25, 2013

"You worthy, Lieutenant." That's the second time this line brought tears to my eyes.

Bob | St. Augustine, FL | August 24, 2013

I love the Doonesbury Flashbacks page! Today, for example, in 40 Years Ago, getting to meet Alice again is great, and instructive. She wasn't always homeless.

Terri Youngs | San Jose, CA | August 23, 2013

As a surviver of Military Sexual Trauma I want to say thank you for keeping us in the news. Keep up the great work. You rock.

Maerzie | Florence, WI and Foley, AL | August 22, 2013

Around 40 years ago I had an interest in the military after a recruiter visited my high school, and my brother-in-law talked my parents out of allowing my enlistment. Learning about all the rapes, and disgustingly poor management of victims, makes me more understanding and forgiving of why he, a veteran, dashed those plans.

H. I. | Chicago, IL | August 21, 2013

Why has the Chicago Tribune dropped Doonesbury? Where are you? When are you coming back? We miss you.

Editor's Note:


The strip has been on summer hiatus while GBT writes a political sitcom called “Alpha House.” (You can read more about it in the SITE NEWS section of, over on the right, about halfway down the page.) The syndicate has been providing previously-published “Flashback” strips during this time, but some papers (including the Chicago Tribune) have opted not to run them, and are taking advantage of the opportunity to try out some other features. They’ll resume carrying Doonesbury when new material resumes -- a welcome event which is currently scheduled for Sunday, September 8th.


Pete | Hillsdale, NJ | August 21, 2013

Twenty-five years ago, Rick lamented age forty, apparently with collateral damage. Three weeks ago, I encountered age fifty. Am trying to avoid malaise. Where have you gone, Vaughn Meader?

John Brennand | Langley, CANADA | August 20, 2013

The Daily Briefing story about Laura Poitras was well timed. Its tale of being trapped in the limbo of 'international zones' of airports and border crossings coincided with the story of the Brazilian partner of Glenn Greenwald being detained by UK security authorities for nine hours while in transit from Berlin to Rio de Janeiro. Don't get those in charge of the Shadow State mad at you!

Seven | Alexandria, VA | August 19, 2013

Today's strip never gets old. Cliched perhaps, but real. Thanks.

Maerzie | Florence, WI and Foley, AL | August 18, 2013

What a great strip today, revealing, specifically, what's wrong with the failed Republican Party. G.B. Trudeau hit the nail on the head!

Ed Cherlin | Columbus, IN | August 18, 2013

Yup, the Honest Man nailed it again. Even better than the last time this strip appeared. “Is there anyone more tongue-tied than a Republican politician talking about women?” asked Independent Women's Forum panel moderator Christina Hoff Sommers, quoted in this article on conservative women Republicans. It would be so much better if they were merely tongue-tied; the leadership would no doubt prefer they just stop talking.

G. Leslie Sweetnam | Woodstock, CT | August 18, 2013

Mmmm...I'm an angry, white, well-armed, evangelical, bacon-lovin' man who balances in the ground where Libertarian and Green overlap, proud of Blumenthal and Murphy and all our Democratic reps. Maybe those other guys should try listening to NPR for a while.

Margaret Lark | Littleton, MA | August 15, 2013

Today's 15-years-ago Flashback of Lacey and Dick Davenport reminded me of Baba Ram Das: "We're all just walking each other home." Yup. Thank you for all the laughter along the way. Please keep it coming, there are miles and miles to go yet.

Sandra Moffett | Indianapolis, IN | August 15, 2013

I'm digging the current set of Flashbacks featuring Melissa, as I did when they were originally run, because I love to see her smile. No longer the hunched-over girl we first met -- truly Army Strong!

Timothy Savage | Queens, NY | August 15, 2013

I know it's just a cartoon, but the scenes 15 years ago with Lacey and Dick as she passes away are profoundly moving.

Brooksey | Nantwich, UK | August 15, 2013

I'd forgotten how beautiful was Lacey Davenport's passing. This week's 15 years ago Flashbacks put tears in my eyes every day.

Jesse Baker | Pound, VA | August 14, 2013

I sometimes wonder about Mel and her father. His casual homophobia and saying stuff like asking his daughter to not "dwell" on her being raped, is scary in a lot of ways. It kind of makes me wonder if the real reason Mel enlisted (and re-enlisted) was to get away from him.

John Brennad | Langley, CANADA | August 12, 2013

And now back to the war at home... Right on time for a revisit of our favourite (note English spelling!) post-Iraq storyline.

Marilyn Richardson | Bellingham, WA | August 12, 2013

I loved Sunday's strip, but tell Mike Doonesbury to forget those TV news "shows" and watch PBS news! Just some friendly advice from a 78-year-old neighbor and fan.

Russ Mertz | Salt Lake City, UT | August 11, 2013

Garry, today's cartoon captures exactly what I've been seeing in TV "news." As for my feelings, I now have a barf bucket sitting beside my chair. Thanks.

H. P. | Wayne, NE | August 10, 2013

Re NEVER TAKEN: It should also be noted that on May 26, 1865 the Confederate commander in Texas, General Kirby Smith, formally surrendered the 43,000 Confederate soldiers in Texas to Union General Edward Canby. Shortly thereafter Smith signed formal surrender papers, thus ending formal Confederate resistence in Texas. To claim that Texas "never surrendered" is a bit like someone claiming that because Admiral Donitz was a military leader and not the civilian head of government, that Germany never surrendered; in either case, the end result was the same and further resistence would only have resutled in greater destruction of the defeated side.