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CHALLENGE
Marty Plotkin | Concord, MA | November 11, 2012

I have always been amazed by your ability to create true emotional weight in a comic strip. But I think today (Worthiness) was the first time I actually wept. You suggest that to live in peace and to be worthy of the ones who love us is as great a challenge as to survive in war. I hope that nobody was offended. Far from devaluing the sacrifice of soldiers, you identify the only thing that is actually worth fighting for. Thank you.

ONCE IN A WHILE
Ron Fronduti | Media, PA | November 11, 2012

Every once in a while you really do hit one out of the park.

THE ONES THAT CARE
S.B. | Sarasota, FL | November 11, 2012

Thank you for recognizing the ones that care on Veterans Day. I appreciate it. We do not speak out. We love and care for the ones that came home or that we remember. I have mine and am always grateful.

WORTHY
Roger Armstrong | Ashland, OR | November 11, 2012

In his post "Trepidation" Dave got it right, and so did GBT in the strip. Sixty-one years ago I did fearful things in the combat reality of the Korean Conflict. Sometimes I still need to remind myself I am worthy in this reality. Thanks, GBT. Thanks, Dave.

TOAST
Bill Freeman | Bellingham, WA | November 11, 2012

B.D. and Toggle in real life. The American Legion Post 33 of the Lummi Indian Reservation and Lummi Nation's Tribal government held a Veterans Breakfast today. The last toast was: "Only veterans can take part. For our families who supported and support us, and keep us straight." We all applauded, and most of us stood up.

THANKS
Yundaj | Olivet, MI | November 11, 2012

Made me cry. Thanks.

AFFIRMATION
Dave Kreimer | Seattle, WA | November 11, 2012

"You worthy, Lieutenant." Wow! At first I took it as a question -- one that makes me aware that I have been asking myself this for a long time without knowing it. Now I see that it is a statement. An affirmation from Toggle to his mentor and friend. Either way, it brings tears to my eyes and recognition of the most important impact of the decisions we are forced to make during war (and often in life). Perhaps self-forgiveness is the most profound lesson we can learn on Veterans Day.

ALWAYS
Allan Levine | Toronto, CANADA | November 11, 2012

Doonesbury is always good. Today was a little masterpiece. Many thanks.

THE WIVES OF VETERANS
Sue Hunter | Alachua, FL | November 11, 2012

Your Veterans Day strip honoring the wives of veterans moved me to tears. We also serve and receive so little acknowledgement. Thank you.

TODAY
Paul Wiklund | Hemet, CA | November 11, 2012

Today's strip was wonderful. Thank you.

WONDERING
Don Poole | Youngsville, NC | November 11, 2012

The closest I came to serving was marching against the war in Vietnam and watching my friends come home in bags, or with their heads totally screwed on wrong. I was brought to tears wondering how many of our children, and grandchildren, are in Toggle's situation. I just hope they have the inner resources and outside help they need to make what they have been through into a positive. So many of my generation are still contending with demons the rest of us have trouble understanding.

TREPIDATION
Dave at Collinda | Johnson City, TX | November 11, 2012

I always approach Veteran's Day with trepidation as I know that virtually everything will will read, see, and hear pertaining to that day will be inappropriate and, far too often, offensive. Your offering stands in stark contrast to that norm. Semper fi.

B.D.
Tom French | Washington, D.C. | November 11, 2012

Look at B.D. -- he's evolved! Not only a great Veteren's Day cartoon, but a testament to B.D.'s feelings for Boopsie. Well done.

WORTHY
Marilen Wood | Fairfax, CA | November 11, 2012

You defended your country, came home to fight demons of your own, support your families the best way you can...You will always be worthy, as will all the soldiers who ever had to return from fighting in a war.

SALUTE
Kate | Kershaw, SC | November 11, 2012

Today's strip nearly brought me to tears. It is a touching salute to vets and their families. As the daughter, wife, sister, sister-in-law, niece and aunt of combat veterans of six wars, I want to say thanks to GBT. He gets us.

POOR JEFF
Barb | Bend, OR | November 10, 2012

Poor Jeff. First his car is repossessed, and then his house is foreclosed on; his mom is in the hospital; and now the namesake of the Red Rascal's horse has regretfully resigned. I was going to say something about his candidates, but then realized that Jeff might not have been aware that there was an election going on.

TRYING TO GET OUT
Tony | Box Hill, AUSTRALIA | November 10, 2012

The flowers might be a trick -- or it is just possible that this Jeff is in there trying to get out. Good luck to him!

UNLIKELY
Patricia Henry | DeKalb, IL | November 09, 2012

The quotes in the Mudline (my fave -- Rove on Obama: "Succeeded by suppressing the vote.") are evidence of parallel universes. Making the winner of the current Straw Poll even more unlikely.

FLOWERS
Anne | Bath, ME | November 09, 2012

Jeff has enough money for flowers? Nice touch, but when he files for bankruptcy, it may be questioned. Just saying.

SORRY
John Talcott | Kasson, MN | November 08, 2012

I feel sorry for Jeff. April 15th is just around the corner.