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DONALD AND IVANA
D. Howard | Hoboken, NJ | January 22, 2018

As a longtime Trump observer, today's Donald and Ivana strip from the 90s is giving me a flashback of my own -- to this.

REPORT
Richard Thomas | Duluth, MN | January 18, 2018

Huh. The self-esteem report is real!

CONTRIBUTIONS
Richard and Donna Sutton | Leawood, KS | January 16, 2018
Thanks for many years of laughs and pertinent, timely dialogue (even the reruns!). We're fortunate to still see your daily and Sunday strips in our ever-diminishing local newspaper, the Kansas City Star. These days especially, I look forward to your new Sunday contributions. I know you're younger than my 83 years, and I hope to benefit from your insight for the rest of mine. Please keep up your excellent work!
MISTAKE
Yavni | Jerusalem, ISRAEL | January 14, 2018

I am a big fan of the comic; I think it is almost always on point, funny, acute and truthful. But today's strip feels like a big mistake. As is often the case, you manage to include multiple jokes simultaneously, but in this case, the punchlines are punching in the wrong direction. One joke is "Ha ha, we men need to get a notarized letter these days to be in the clear, amirite!", while the truth is that it is still, perversely, far harder for an accuser to be taken seriously than an accused. Another joke is "Ha ha, the women are supposedly reassuring Mike, but actually, they are insulting him for not being manly (enough to be a sexual abuser)!" Which seems to me to be saying that men who would never sexually abuse women are laughable, are poor excuses for men. Additionally, the comic enables (though perhaps not reinforces) the trope of the nerdy guy as being deserving of nothing other than pity and laughs for doing what he can to get access to women. (See "The Adorkable Misogyny of 'The Big Bang Theory.'")

POOR MIKE
Brian Harvey | Berkeley, CA | January 14, 2018

Poor Mike. "Inoffensive." (Well, not counting Mr. Butts.) Now B.D., there's a character who's doing good work, but with a vulnerable history.

INSIGHTFUL
Vivian Borger | Sarasota, FL | January 13, 2018

I just want to thank Mr. Trudeau for his insightful comments/comics on the issues of the day. I'm a long-time reader, and I'm delighted that the genius behind Doonesbury continues to thrive. Long may your pen reign!

A GREAT EXAMPLE
Raymond Lee Schimmel | Chico, CA | January 10, 2018

I just want Mr. Trudeau to know that I very much appreciate his attention to detail. This past Sunday's strip was a great example. Showing the fake Trump Time cover on his desk and the picture on the wall, of steam shovel, oil derricks etc., was a stroke of genius. Keep it up! (And Jane Pauley is doing a great job for CBS Sunday Morning.)

LANDSCAPE PAINTING
Barb B. | Bend, OR | January 07, 2018

Even the landscape painting in the Oval Office is suffering from Trump's coal mining and oil drilling.

THE DAMAGE
Carol Graham | Lexington, KY | January 07, 2018

I appreciate your comic strip and the message you send. Sometimes I laugh out loud, and other times I shake my head wondering how long it will take to fix the damage Trump has done. Sometimes you just make me think, which is good. Keep up the excellent work.

ART BUCHWALD
David Stanford, Duty Officer | Doonesbury.com | January 04, 2018

In a comment on today's strip made on the GoComics Doonesbury page, reader Kim Metzger points out that the final panel ("I saw what happened to Art Buchwald!") refers to a lawsuit that the satirist was involved in with Paramount Pictures over the Eddie Murphy movie Coming to America. You can read about it here.

LIES
Jerry Neyman | Quitman, MS | January 04, 2018

Re the 15-years-ago-today Flashback strip: After the presidential nominations were in place in 2016, most people around here said they couldn’t vote for Clinton because she lies. Now approaching one year in office and 2,000 lies, I realize that irony is truly dead, cold, buried and forgotten. RIP!

CARRY ON
Doug Elliott | Philo, CA | January 03, 2018

Thank you so much for re-instituting the "enlarge" feature for the strip, and for the Mudline. My wife and I enjoy them both so much at the end of an otherwise depressing news day. Carry on the good work!

BACK IN 1980
N.N.N. | Weaverville, NC | January 03, 2018

Please consider reissuing Doonesbury Dossier: The Reagan Years. Everything in it is as relevant as it was back in 1980. Cross out the name Reagan and drop in "T" and there you have it! The same EPA battles. The same stupidity at press conferences. Sanity is out the window.

LACEY'S JOURNEY
Graeme Roberts | Birmingham, UK | January 01, 2018

I've seen two relatives slip into the grip of advanced Alzheimer’s; GBT’s sensitive portrayal of Lacey’s journey (the 20-years-ago-today Flashback strip) suggests he might also have had first hand experience. And Dick Davenport's warning to Lacey, in the 40-years-agostrip, confirms that unwanted sexual attention in corridors of power goes way back.

BETTER THINGS
Pete | Hillsdale, NJ | December 30, 2017

Forty Christmases ago, I was a teenage wannabe hipster, after getting Weather Report's Heavy Weather from my brother, eight years my senior. Between that and birthdays I got LPs from The Band, Peter Tosh, and Little Feat. Same brother also steered me toward Get Smart, Bullwinkle, Jean Shepherd and Firesign Theatre. The results have been irreparable and gratifying. Here's to 2018. "I hope tomorrow you'll find Better Things."

STILL RELEVANT
Edward Cherlin | Columbus, IN | December 29, 2017

Wow! What a day on the  Flashbacks page! Not the point/despising bartending, pool cue, Mrs. D. loses thread, outsourcing to Guatemala, Gary Hart volunteer, Joanie's class project/baby, Carter's twinkle, heartless air pirates. All brilliant, all still relevant.

FORGOTTEN
Brian Harvey | Berkeley, CA | December 29, 2017

I'd forgotten that there was ever a time when Duke behaved like a decent human being!

HAPPY RAMADAN
Grant H. | Hamilton, CANADA | December 28, 2017

Re Sunday's excellent "Happy Ramadan" cartoon: In the Arab Gulf country where I taught, the big holiday was "Eid" (technically "Eid-al-Adha") which occurs 4-5 weeks after the end of Ramadan. We say "Eid Mubarak" or "Eid Said." (Blessed Eid or Happy Eid). And our students and colleagues always wished us non-Moslem Canadians "Merry Christmas."("Christmas Said," in my bad Arabic). Most people know of Ramadan, so the reasons for your choice were plain. We admired our Moslem colleagues and students for their resilience in getting through their daylight hours without food or drink.

SO SUBTLE
Shooshie Roberts | Dallas, TX | December 26, 2017

The Sunday, December 24th comic was so subtle that it took me a second reading to "get" it. I actually found myself saying aloud, "But there was never a war on Ramadan, or birthdays... " etc. to provide the actual punch line: "There was never a war on Christmas." Trudeau has usually taken the side of undeniable truths in his cartoons, and this was certainly one. In this strip he never contradicted anyone, never said a word of controversy. In the most delightful way possible, he wished everyone a season's greeting in their own culture, while making clear that there is no "war on Christmas," a phrase whose exact words never even appear in the strip. That makes it pretty hard to argue with it.

I don't know if there are people who study cartooning the way scholars study Shakespeare or Hemingway, but if there are, they should give Sunday's strip a prize and hold it up like a diamond, perfectly cut and polished by a master. How do you neuter an entire movement and silence bullish and noisy people about a matter of great import to them, a matter that to most observers never existed, but whose flames were fanned from the coals of pure paranoia? And can you do it without uttering an offensive word? In that strip you will find the answer. Beautiful! I'm a fan since the first newspaper strip, back in the 1970s, and I thought I had seen everything, but Trudeau always finds a way to top himself. He has truly been a bringer of light in our lives. Merry Christmas.

MERRY CHRISTMAS
Andy Cornevin | Arlington, TX | December 25, 2017

Congratulations on a remarkable career. I have been with you from the beginning, and am enjoying the reprints during the week and of course the originals on Sunday. I consider myself a Reagan conservative and I do support President Trump, so we obviously disagree on a bunch.That doesn't stop me from respecting your opinions. I rarely find them mean spirited, which makes me wish we had someone as clever as you. Today's comic was splendid, and should be appreciated by all. Merry Christmas to you and your family.