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MADE ME SMILE
Joy | Colorado Springs, CO | July 18, 2012

Funny, I live in Colorado Springs and when I saw the strip about them being on Pikes Peak, I looked up at the mountain like someone I actually know was up there. I guess they kind of are. Made me smile.

THE BIGGEST
Julie Leonard | Boulder, CO | July 17, 2012

That's just the biggest ball of twine made by a group of people. The biggest ball of twine made by one person is in Darwin, Minnesota. Everyone knows that.

DON'T MESS
Cheryl | Walton, NY | July 17, 2012

Please don't mess with Toggle and Alex! Some happiness is needed in this world, and if it has to come from Doonesbury, so be it.

BARBED WIRES
Pete | Hillsdale, NJ | July 17, 2012

I'd worry about Jeff and Zip disrupting the new marriage, except for the ineptitude of Jeff and Zip. How many barbed wires will the newlyweds have to limbo beneath before the strip becomes Mary Worth?

HONEYMOON
Seven | Alexandria, VA | July 17, 2012

I would have enjoyed going to see the world's largest ball of string rather than spending my honeymoon visiting my new husband's ex-wife and daughter. Needless to say, my marriage was short and a valuable lesson!

GROUP IQ
Mark Moore | Missoula, MT | July 17, 2012

Your Sunday strip on "group IQ' was amazing. It has been bouncing around in my head for months that individual cleverness for our hunter/gatherer ancestors was quite meaningless for their survival. You are truly shaping our culture in a good way. Thanks.

EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE
Barbara | Saco, ME | July 16, 2012

Thank you for Sunday's strip highlighting the cultural need for emotional intelligence and the contribution of women's problem-solving capacities and wisdom. Your recognition and representation of the value of balance is very much appreciated. Sexism is flourishing in so many arenas while our world is in crisis. There's such a peaceful and constructive resonance in that strip.

THE WAITRESS
Barb | Bend, OR | July 16, 2012

I figured out where Toggle and Alex ate last week: Bangor, Maine.According to John Steinbeck's Travels With Charlie, page 45. "[The waitress] wasn't happy, but then she wasn't unhappy."

CAN'T WAIT
Dsaved | Rome, ITALY | July 16, 2012

The world's largest ball of twine? Boy, I went straight to the web to seek it out! I can't wait for more Americana from Alex and Leo's road trip/honeymoon!

PERFECT 8
Terry D. McGee | Sydney, AUSTRALIA | July 16, 2012

Okay, I'm calling today a Perfect 8 on the FLASHBACKS slot machine. Every one of the panels has people talking in different realities, at cross purposes to one another. George W., Sid, Ken Starr, Ron Headrest, Hedley, even Joanie, and certainly B.D. -- all were off in worlds by themselves. Even Melissa's psychiatrist could only try to contact Melissa's headspace.

OH, ZIPPER
Normann Aa. Nielsen | Odder, DENMARK | July 16, 2012

"She won't friend me" -- bwuhaha! Oh, Zipper, get a grip on reality. There are probably a lot of girls out there that have looked right through you and have seen your potential. Which is zip. There is a difference in degrees between Jeff and Zipper: Jeff is trying, Zipper is denying!

GENDER DISCRIMINATION
Kenneth G. Dau-Schmidt | Bloomington, IN | July 15, 2012

As a man who works in an environment with three levels of female bosses above me I can tell you that women should be encouraged to be inclusive of men. Women are much more cliquish and exclusive than men and need to learn not to discriminate against men. Encouraging the opposite is just leading women to be poorer managers and unfairly limiting the careers of men. Gender discrimination is ugly whether it's performed by men or women. Please don't encourage it.

TRAVELING CROSS-COUNTRY
Karen | Layton, UT | July 14, 2012

Wow, did today's strip take me back! I spent two years traveling cross-country in an RV -- only to find that America is, indeed, long stretches of Nothing connecting occasional dots of Interesting. Furthermore, it was during those travels that I received my own "rock," after fifteen years of marriage. Hopefully, Alex won't have to wait that long.

OPEN ARMS
Gordie | Omaha, NE | July 13, 2012

I love this. The newslweds go in search of America and she greets them with open arms. But they have to give a true account when they do that -- and that's what they're doing.

ABOUT TOGGLE
Candace Peters | Poulsbo, WA | July 12, 2012

I was so touched reading the comments about Toggle. I want to mention another resource for vets (of any war) who are living with PTSD: Project New Hope.  Thank you to all of you who have sacrificed your peace of mind for the rest of us.

DOES IT FADE?
Sara | VERMONT | July 12, 2012

Does it fade? Don't know, but my uncle was a Navy corpsman with the Marines in Korea, including at Chosin Resevoir; to all appearances, no PTSD. Fifty or so years later on a tourist-trip to China he was stopped in his tracks and frozen by the early morning light on the foliage, the soft sounds of the local bird life and local farmers going about starting their day. He couldn't speak; his wife thought he was having a heart attack or stroke.

LEO
Matthew Clark | St. Paul, MN | July 12, 2012

Thank you so much for creating such a fully human character in Leo. Does he have issues? Yes, abundantly. Does he have prejudices? Yes, because he has imperfect experiences. Is he trying to be the best man that he can be, for himself and the woman that he loves? Oh, yes. Here is another thing though. Toggle has had a hard enough time. I know that life is two parts tragedy, but please, please let his be reasonably sweet from here on out.

MANDATORY READING
Nick | Yuba City, CA | July 11, 2012

These strips should be mandatory reading for those up in the House and Senate who want to reduce already-low VA funding just to keep their interest going. This is a serious condition and not just for our Heroes who stood on the line, but also for those Heroes who combat thugs and miscreants hell bent on disrupting the lives of good clean citizens in all countries around the world. A salute to GBT for bringing this to the attention of all, and well done for creating the best character to join the DB ranks in recent times. And remember, Toggle -- we got your back, man. Congrats on the wedding too.

IN THE BEGINNING
Pete | Hillsdale, NJ | July 11, 2012

In the beginning, there was Bernie morphing. Then there were Duke's lizards (and rhinoceroses and Athena Duke). Now there are Toggle's flashbacks. More science, less fiction.

THE PLACE I FOUND PEACE
Allie | Gettysburg, PA | July 11, 2012

Re GOOD NEWS / BAD NEWS, I had to google "FNGs -fangs -fins" to find out what FNG stands for, and I'm still chuckling. For what it's worth, PTSD entered my life from a trifecta of troubles I won't bore you with -- none military, although the Vet's club in junior college was kind enough to make me an honorary member. I'll simply offer that Deric is right, triggers do fade. Except when they don't. Sometimes it's a matter of accepting that triggers exist and telling yourself -- after hitting one -- "This is a trigger. That moment is not now, this feeling is not forever," then mentally locking into something concrete and neutral in the present moment. For my son, that thing is his dog. For me, it's the recollection of the place I found peace on, and know is still out there -- the very large rock in my father's yard, where I sat in the sun as a child. It was here before me, it will be here after me, and nothing short of the glacier that put it there will ever move it.