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NEW PATCH
Judy | Madison, WI | February 16, 2012

Bless you, Garry Trudeau! How ever did you learn one of the secrets of us eye-patch wearers? That we feel great, invincible, on top of the world whenever we're wearing a snazzy new (and comfortable) eye-patch! It's a small miracle and comfort that few non-gimps can appreciate. It would not surprise me if Leo's self-confidence and indeed his very life is transformed in the course of wearing his new patch.

VIA TEXT
John | Memphis, TN | February 15, 2012

in the midst of the snowstorm stranded conversation in re marriage, Gram's concern about the proposal via text is met by the generational response, "It is the way of my people."  Excellent. How tribal! Another well-hammered nail.

HAPPY
Paul Hawkins | Wooster, OH | February 14, 2012

Although Doonesbury weddings have proven whirlygigs of emotional and comical epicness, (Joan and Bick being a personal favorite) Alex's self-indulgence is tedious to the point I may stuff a wolf in the car, thus increasing the odds of everybody being happy.

WOLF ATTACK
Maryhelen Posey | Calgary, CANADA | February 14, 2012

Statistics, those persnickety little deceivers, fail to highlight the fact that a wolf attack, however unlikely, is more likely in Massachusetts in the winter than in Hawaii at any time of the year. And when Sorkh Razil shows up (on his bright red snowmobile) he will still be wearing sunglasses.

NO FAVORS
Tari | Grand Rapids, MI | February 14, 2012

I love the sentiment in Sunday's strip. I'm always careful to use the phrase "the grade you earned was a ..." rather than "you were given a...". We do our students no favors if we send them out into the real world unprepared for real responsibility!

MARRIAGE
Allie | Gettysburg, PA | February 14, 2012

I have two daughters in Alex's age bracket, and neither they nor their peers are stressing over marriage. These days, the common sentiment I'm hearing is, "Why buy the pig when the sausage is free?" So what's the deal with Alex? I wonder if her mother's neuroses have come home to roost.

STRANDED
W.D. | Chicago, IL | February 14, 2012

There's only one person who can save Alex and Gram from being stranded in a Massachusetts snowstorm -- Sorkh Razil! (In a snowsuit, of course.)

WOLVES
David Ferrier | Edmonton, CANADA | February 13, 2012

Re: "I wonder if Massachusetts has wolves." Wolves attacking humans is an urban myth. A person has a bigger chance of being struck by lightning than being attacked by wolves. Wikipedia reports 38 wolf attacks on humans from 1910 to 1999. Thirty-eight attacks in 90 years is one wolf attack every two years. During this period, world population went from 1.6 billion to 6 billion, averaging 3.8 billion. So, a person might have about one chance in 100,000,000 of being attacked by wolves. That same person had one chance in 3,000,000 of being struck by lightning.

LOVE
Fiona | Melbourne, AUSTRALIA | February 12, 2012

I. Love. The. Walden. Teacher. I'd like to clone her.

THE THING
Suzie Null | Durango, CO | February 12, 2012

I've had days where I would love to say what Zipper's professor said in class. But much of my tenure depends on student feedback, so . . . That's the thing about the self-esteem culture -- it becomes more and more of an echo chamber, because those who could say something often aren't allowed to because it wouldn't be popular or profitable.

EVERY STUDENT
Ben Tzvi | Palmer, MA | February 12, 2012

Today's strip should become the home screen for every student everywhere, with copies going to the students' parents, and the local and state boards of education! On a lighter note, just how much stock does Uncle Duke own in myFacts?

GOODBYE
Jeffrey Emge | Tyler, TX | February 12, 2012

I'm posting the "goodbye to inflated self-esteem" strip on my bulletin board tonight. Stay tuned for reaction posts...

RETIRED TEACHER
Susan Bein | Portland, OR | February 12, 2012

As a retired teacher, I feel like posting today's strip on every billboard in town. Bravo! One of my favorite memories was the day a total slacker asked me why I had given him an F. I looked him in the eye, smiled, and said, "Because I couldn't give you the G you deserved." Years later, we're still friends.

STRIVE
Kirk | Largo, CONFUSION | February 11, 2012

"A newspaper is not just for reporting the news as it is, but to make people mad enough to do something about it." -- Mark Twain

Alas, you report, and have some fun with, but you just don't rabble rouse hard enough. You must strive harder to make people furiously angry about issues worthy of a proper lambasting. Thank you very much for tha amusement. Now could you give me some high blood pressure? Amp up the outrage!

MYFACTS
Roger Cooke | Burlington, VT | February 11, 2012

I've been a fan since the beginning some 40 years ago, but MyFacts is the best idea yet. Simply superb! I want it to go on for weeks and weeks.

A NEW JOKE
Adrian | Sydney, AUSTRALIA | February 11, 2012

I love Doonesbury. Every Monday we get a new joke, with the punchline on Saturday! This is such brilliant commentary, not just on USA society and politics, but on life in general. Please keep it up forever.

SAFE
Bob | Williston, FL | February 10, 2012

Hey myFacts, I want to prove that hydraulic fracking is completely safe.

CRACKING ME UP
B.G. | Scottsdale, AZ | February 10, 2012

The myFacts guy and callers have been cracking me up all week. Platinum Account, indeed!

THE SAME PERSON
Thomas H. | Beaumont, CA | February 10, 2012

I know Austin. He used to work at the company I work for. I think he has a young son and daughter named Jayden and Ashley, if it's the same person I'm thinking about. I know I've seen him somewhere.

 

 

LIVING ABROAD
Scott | Santiago, CHILE | February 09, 2012

I am a US citizen living abroad for the last few decades. There are many formats / news avenues / sources etc to stay in touch with the processes, machinations, psyche, developments, news etc of my Homeland. The more I read, the more convinced I am that Doonesbury consistently summarizes everything I need to know about the pulse, mentality, situation, condition etc. of the States. Cliff Notes in four squares. Thank you for getting to the core so directly and with such eloquence.