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A GOOD CHOICE
Steve | Brunswick, ME | July 24, 2013

Alex is a jewel beyond price. She listens. Toggle made a good choice of partner.

FRUSTRATION
TKS | Brunswick, ME | July 22, 2013

The strip today showing Toggle's frustration with speaking hits home. I've stuttered all my life, and incidents like that are all too real, and all too painful. Thanks to GBT for capturing the essence. The movie The King's Speech also does a great job of conveying the emotional agony, but GBT does it in four panels.

WASTING TIME
David Cooke | Issaquah, WA | July 21, 2013

Re today's flashback strip: I agree Congress has been wasting its time with all those procedural votes. They just needed to wait for Big Corporations (that apparently actually run this country) to say they needed more time, and presto -- Obamacare gets shoved off for another year. Remember, corporations are people -- that don't require healthcare.

HAPPY RETURNS
Genie Kerr | Pewaukee, WI | July 21, 2013

Happy Birthday! And many, many happy returns of the day as well. I have been a fan since the beginning and intend to read your stuff until I cannot see anymore.

RELEVANT
Jim Von Dreele | Peoria, IL | July 21, 2013

It's been amazing how many of the Flashback strips are relevant to today's events. On Face the Nation this morning John Boehner said the job of Congress is to repeal laws, not pass them -- and there was the Sunday Flashback about Congress not doing any business.

MEL
Barry R. | San Jose, CA | July 20, 2013

The flashback strips of Mel returning home from Afghanistan reminded me of what a wonderful character she is. Here's hoping that GBT finds a way to keep us involved in her life going forward.

COMEUPPANCE
Mark | Geneseo, NY | July 19, 2013

The strip for today captures the dognatic partisanship and cluelessness of Fox News's talking mouths. I wait with joyful anticipation for Roland Hedley to get his comeuppance. Can we look forward to Roger Ailes's firing of Hedley in favor of someone who is a more desirable journalist -- say, Elisabeth Hasselbeck?

ASTONISHING
Jac D. | Austin, TX | July 18, 2013

I found a photograph of LBJ and JFK in which Uncle Duke is clearly sitting right behind the two leaders; dark glasses, cigarette and everything. It's really quite astonishing.

STUPIDER
M.H. | Dayton, OH | July 18, 2013

There is no sich word as "stupider."

MELISSA
Seven | Alexandria, VA | July 16, 2013

So happy to see Melissa again, even if it is in Flashbacks!

WITHDRAWAL
Richard | New Haven, CT | July 08, 2013

I can't take the Flashbacks any more! I need the real, fresh, surprising, current, delightful Doonesbury to make it through the day. The withdrawal is painful!

THE ESSENCE
Larry Warwaruk | Outlook, CANADA | July 07, 2013

G.T. captures the essence of our collective consciousness. He's the philosopher of our century. We need these strips, and I hope enough people have the intelligence and the care to understand them.

NORTH CAROLINA
John White | Raleigh, NC | July 06, 2013

Jimmy Crow is doing more in North Carolina. We already have the most optimized gerrymandering in the country -- now voter ID and major cutback in early voting. Alas, students must vote at home, not in the district where they attend school. Check out the Moral Monday protests; thousands gather each Monday to protest voting rights restrictions, cuts in education, shift in tax burden to the poor, cuts in unemployment benefits for the unemployed -- and the list goes on. Really, North Carolina leads the country in a return to the stone age.

40 YEARS
Mike Stiles | Oakland, CA | July 06, 2013

Who would have thought when you started that in 40 years time the Doonesbury youth would be heroic soldiers that gave everything and worthless stay-at-homes? It sometimes feels like if the old strips were written now, B.D. would be the hero and Mike/Mark/Zonker would be the selfish-lazy-shiftless losers.

BACK IN BUSINESS
Judy Gilbert | Concord, CA | July 06, 2013

OMG! It may be just re-runs, but you couldn't have picked a better time for bringing back Jimmy Crow. Thanks to the Supreme Court, he's back in business.

ABSOLUTELY RACIST
John Geesen | Missoula, MT | July 05, 2013

I generally like the Doonesbury strip although I do not agree with many positions it takes. However, the current Jim Crow story line is absolutely racist. Even if the premise is true, which I do not think it is, this handling of the issue simply promotes racism, not a useful dialog about the situation.

JULY FOURTH
Ed Cherlin | Columbus, OH | July 04, 2013

Every year I go back and reread The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro, Frederick Douglass's lament on being asked to give a Fourth of July speech in 1852. "What have I, or those I represent, to do with your national independence? Are the great principles of political freedom and of natural justice, embodied in that Declaration of Independence, extended to us?" I'm still down with that whole Nation with Liberty and Justice for All thing, but as we contemplate Jimmy Crow's comeback tour I'm still not holding my breath waiting for the inevitable Republican implosion.

PREDICTIONS
Barry Warner | Collioure, FRANCE | July 04, 2013

I must salute the strip of 15 years ago where Zonker tells B.D. that weed will not be legalized until after, 20 years minimum, he has retired from the CHP. For long-term predictions, that's about as good as it gets, and the reason I read the strip daily.

USED TO BE
Inconstant Reader | Brookfield, WI | July 04, 2013

So sad to see Mr. Crow making his reappearance, and showing up in places that used not to be his native habitat. Sigh. Democracy was nice while it lasted. Wisconsin used to be a lovely place to live before Walker and the GOP Destruction Crew got a hold of it — we thought Tommy Thompson was conservative, but these Tea Party types won't be satisfied till they get us back to the original Gilded Age (which name they don't understand wasn't a compliment).

TARBABY
Ed Cherlin | Columbus, IN | July 04, 2013

Perfect timing for the Jimmy Crow comeback tour. The question now is how long the DoJ will need to create a new preclearance list using what is left of the VRA, and whether we can get northern states like Ohio and Pennsylvania on it. We still have the "bail-in" process for getting states and counties on the list when they lose in court and get put under injunction. I wonder why we aren't hearing about that from DoJ. Well, it might make sense for them to lay low until the South gets all of its feet stuck on the tarbaby.