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Brian Harvey | Berkeley, CA | June 29, 2015

It's admirable that B.D. wants to protect Toggle's positive attitude, and understandable that he wants to protect his own. But I'd be happier if he'd said, "Regardless of whether those wars were ultimately justifiable or not, our individual sacrifices as soldiers were in support of each other, not in support of the war." That would be an impressive change in his views. But if he felt that way, he wouldn't have started with, "Wrong as usual, Rev." It seems that in order to maintain his equanimity about his sacrifice and Toggle's, he has to attack the maturity and sensitivity of anyone opposing those wars, or any wars. He should have said, "Rev, maybe you're right and maybe you're wrong about whether the politicians should have gotten us into a war in the first place. But either way, my sacrifice was worthwhile because it was in support of my fellow soldiers."

Rev. Dr. Bob Faser | Hobart, AUSTRALIA | June 28, 2015

The conversation in today's strip is typical of many similar conversations in many nations about the many ethically ambiguous military conflicts in the post-WW2 era. For many people (of a variety of political persuasions), we've come to terms with the notion that there is no real conflict between criticising the disastrous political decisions that lead to war, on the one hand, and honouring those who put themselves in harm's way during war, on the other.

Jason Jehosephat | Port Chester, NY | June 28, 2015

What an unusual occurrence: I'm perplexed by GBT's point in today's No Regrets strip. Their sacrifices weren't in vain because they were looking after their brother soldiers? But their brother soldiers were also sent under false pretenses, and wouldn't have needed looking after if they hadn't been. Toggle and B.D. have succumbed to the sort of twisted logic I'd expect from a Bush apologist, which I know GBT is not.

Phillip Decke | Billings, MT | June 28, 2015

Amen, Amen to today's strip, from a proud Nam vet.

MBC1955 | Stockport, UK | June 28, 2015

A strip like today's make me appreciate what wonderful work Trudeau has done in developing B.D. out of the old blowhard dumbbell he once was into such a solid, worthy person, deserving of great respect in his solidity and his faith in his brothers of combat. I never expected to say this but he is a proper mentor to Toggle, a living example. I still can't abide his politics, mind you.

Julia K. | Omaha, NE | June 28, 2015

I'm glad the guys have no regrets, but I would rather have kept them home in the first place and eliminated the need for brother to risk life and limb protecting brother.

"Where are you going?"

"Overseas, to keep my brother from getting his ass kicked."

"But your brother is right here!"

"Yeah, well, I'm taking him with me."

Mike K. | North Hollywood, CA | June 27, 2015

Regarding this week's series about Mike Doonesbury selling Ronald Regan to Black voters: I was still living in Detroit when today's strip originally ran. I have a memory of seeing a billboard with a photo of a smiling Mohammed Ali with one arm around Ronny, the other hand making a fist in a gesture of enthusiastic approval. The caption above said, "I'm voting for the man!" Was this Mike's idea?

Alex | Brooklyn, NY | June 26, 2015

Re. today's strip: Oh, Mike, Mike, Mike. You aren't "anxious." You're "eager." A copywriter ought to know that!

Roger Webb | Little Rock, ARKANSAS | June 23, 2015

This week's five-years-ago Flashback series in which Zonker explains newspapers to Sam is one of my all time favorites. Today's strip even includes nice post-modern self-referential humor. It is my great hope that newspapers and Doonesbury will continue until I am dead or too addled to notice the demise.

Mike | Mississauga, CANADA | June 22, 2015

Did anyone notice the noses on the twins?

John Ghalt | Anchorage, AK | June 18, 2015

There is much to admire about Texas and Texans. To paraphrase WIll Rogers, I never met a Texan I don't like.

The reputation of their police is not admirable, nor the TSA at the Austin airport this March (when I flew Anchorage-Austin-Phoenix-Anchorage). The Austin boys were far, far, (very much) more "attentive" (with their very thorough search) than their cohort in Anchorage and Phoenix.

Derek Stenfield | Galesburg, IL | June 17, 2015

It's a gift from the gods to have Trump formally in the 2016 race. But since you aren't doing dailies right now, how about you do us a solid and dig into the archives and treat us to some Classic Trump. He's been in the strip a zillion times. Por favor?

Editor's Note:

 Easily said and done. To revisit Trump strips and storylines from 1987, 1989, 2007, 2011 and 2015, click here. De nada.

Paul Hawkins | Wooster, OH | June 14, 2015

Ahhhhh, just like the old days, Mike being led by Bernie's wit...reappearing without notice...poof!

Shooshie Roberts | Dallas, TX | June 14, 2015

You have to admit, my dear old home-state Texas makes great theater. Politics, sports, piano competitions, ecology, you name it (other than downhill skiing) Texas makes great theater. It's still so big here that most people have a sense of being isolated, and that tends to make them think that what they say or do matters. So, they put on a big show, completely serious, utterly devoid of self-doubt, because they're unfamiliar with the concepts of getting along, compromising, listening to other opinions... Just like I'm doing right now!

Even more amazing than Gov. Abbot's State Guard response to the U.S.'s Jade Helm 15 exercises is the decision to withdraw a billion dollars worth of gold from the U.S. reserves and place it in a vault in Texas, where the powers that be think they'll build an honest state currency. They wouldn't have to read but a few books to see the problems inherent in such an unlikely undertaking. Perhaps they don't think the rest of us Texans have read such books. Perhaps they're right!

Well, I hereby stand alone on this stage, like our beloved lone star, and proclaim that Texas will continue to provide marvelous theatrical fodder for Doonesbury and all comers for the foreseeable future, without interruption. In fact, I'm selling tickets. Just one gold-piece per head! Line up!

M. Cocke | Houston, TX | June 14, 2015

Perfect! And I actually live here. Go Battleground Texas!

Peter | Hollison, MA | June 14, 2015

Today's strip failed to mention the nuclear-powered tunnel-boring machines they used to build the Walmart tunnels. That's why there are no piles of dirt. You see, the machines melt it into glass and use it to line the tunnels. Thanks for a great Sunday laugh!

Edward Cherlin | Columbus, IN | June 14, 2015

Secession? The activists of Battleground Texas think they have a better idea. Their plan is to register enough new voters, especially among the growing Latino population, to flip Texas Blue and get it to join the Union for the third time. Republicans are freaking out. See Sen. John Cornyn's Keep Texas Red campaign. Back in 2013, Gov. Abbott -- then the Attorney General -- warned that Battleground Texas was more dangerous than North Korea, which had threatened to nuke Austin.

Jeffrey Emge | Tyler, TX | June 13, 2015

Trudeau nailed it in the May 31st strip. "Higher ed" is going full-tilt into the crapper, courtesy of the race to maximize profits vis-a-vis the U Phoenix model. With the Walden vision of add-ons, bundling, and "levels" of education, it only makes sense now that United Airlines CEO Jeff Smisek will be a college president soon; then higher ed also can a la carte everything for a fee, like Smisek did with United.

John Brennand | Langley, CANADA | June 09, 2015

Oh, my goodness! Monday's video showed bare breasts, and other naughty bits. For an American feature, this is very daring. Your media has no trouble displaying murder and mayhem, but you twist yourselves into pretzels over nudity. I've never really understood the dichotomy.

Melinda Capozza | Huntington, IN | June 08, 2015

The first Doonesbury book I purchased was Just a French Major from the Bronx. I just hit 65 (OMG, how did that happen?!) and next week I'm getting a cataract removed. I remember a long-ago Sunday strip about Jimmy Thudpucker and his group, and Pooh going off on some riff, Jimmy says, "Pooh, where are you? What are you doing?" and Pooh replies, "Floating with the universe, man." Jimmy says, "Pooh, when are expected to return?" This popped into my head when discussing pre-op meds with the nurse; Xanax and Fentanyl. I won't care that someone is poking my eyeball. So thanks, Garry.