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CHICAGO TRIBUNE
Linda Gibson | Chicago, IL | February 03, 2012

The latest post at the blog Subversive Speech describes how the Chicago Tribune presented its dropping of today's strip as an act of journalistic virtue.

THE CODE
S. Carson | Atlanta, GA | February 03, 2012

I am pretty sure the code referred to in today's strip is "Zonker" because it's easier to spell than "Doonesberry," er, "Doonsbury".....whatever.

THE YOUNG B.D.
Joshua Rey | Oxford, UK | February 03, 2012

I'm finding the 40 year flashbacks particularly heartbreaking/warming -- the young B.D., completely boneheaded but also strangely noble, definitely in a world of his own but not altogether a bad world. And forty years later here he is, slowly transformed by huge changes and trauma like a rock in an arctic river, into the exact same guy but with real self-knowledge and compassion. Who says nobody's writing the Great American Novel any more?

DONORSCHOOSE
Barbara Loring | Saco, ME | February 03, 2012

Yet another creative dimension of social advocacy leaps from the page today. Thank you for bringing donorschoose.org to a new level of visibility and remembering the needs of our public schools and our young. The future thanks you!

NEWSPAPERS
Chris | Severan, MARYLAND | February 02, 2012

Wait, people still read Doonesbury in newspapers? I haven't bought one of those in years.

THE CODE
Allie | Gettysburg, PA | February 02, 2012

Your boys are too late! I saw the code in today's strip -- when I read it on my laptop.

A TOAST
Pete | Hillsdale, NJ | January 31, 2012

A toast to GBT for thinking inside the box.

HEY, IT WORKED!
Uberkarr | Rochester, NY | January 30, 2012

I dragged myself off the couch, dug through drawers and found an old pair of 3-D glasses. Hey, it worked! Thanks for the twist.

PLAYBOOK
Susan Bein | Portland, OR | January 30, 2012

Reading today's obit of Jonathan Idema in the NY Times, and couldn't help thinking he must have taken his playbook from Duke, with a bit of the Red Rascal thrown in for good measure.

3-D
Kevin Kunreuther | Dallas, TX | January 30, 2012

I'm not reading a mailbag comic in 3-D! Next thing you know, the comic is gonna start talkin' when I mouse over it on my 'puter.

MORE OFFENDED
Ben Ezzell | Quilcene, WA | January 30, 2012

I wonder who were more offended by Sunday's strip; Assad's supporters or Gingrich's?

FORGOTTEN
Curtis Burga | Mustang, OK | January 29, 2012

Wow! I had forgotten that whole plot about Duke and Newt's orphanage. Which is, of course, how Duke met his son. Nice callback, and it fits so well with Gingrich's recent statements about making poor kids work as school janitors.

THE MEDIA
Andrew Trapp | Urbana, IL | January 28, 2012

Roland Hedley's treatment of Ron Paul is quite reflective of the media's treatment of Paul in general: an almost desperate insistence on dissing and dismissing him.

ROLAND
Dave at Collinda | Johnson City, TX | January 28, 2012

Roland generally gets it quite wrong, but even a blind hog roots up an acorn occasionally. His assessment of Ron Paul and his Libertarian ideology is one of those acorns. While some of Rep. Paul's views (like ending the US imperial foreign policy) are, in my view, highly meritorious, many range from loony to scary and, if implemented would result in far worse problems than the exceedingly daunting ones we already face.

LIBERTARIAN VIEWS
Ron Shirtz | Rensselaer Falls, NY | January 28, 2012

In today's strip Roland says Ron Paul's libertarian views are "Utopian" because they would never work in modern society. Perhaps. But are they any more "Utopian" than our government, strapped with 14 trillion in debt and growing, trying to be all things and do all things for everyone here and overseas? Freddy Mac and Fanny Mae creating a housing crisis with unsustainable loans to people who bought but could not afford them? The Federal Reserve is giving out almost no interest loans to the 1%. We spend more on our military that all the other nations in the world combined. TARP, Cash For Clunkers, The War on Drugs. The growing national security with multiple agencies, with local police becoming militarized with armored vehicles and weapons. All this and more have be done under both the Neo-Cons' and the Liberals' watch. Is this a government that "works" better than Ron Paul's proposed philosophy?

GRATIFIED
Justin | Allentown, PA | January 27, 2012

I read today's comic accurately depicting Senator Rick Santorum's opposition to contraception and I was deeply gratified. I think every candidate's views should be examined with care. I normally read your comic strips because they are almost always funny, but this caught my eye and drove me to confirm Sen. Santorum's documented disapproval of contraception. I will be reading your comics again!

RE "SAY WHAT?"
Alan Appelbaum | Mt. Kisco, NY | January 27, 2012

"Grandiosity," by the way, is also a recognized symptom of specific mental illness. Presumably Dr. Gingrich doesn't know that either.

RON PAUL
Ron Shirtz | Rensselear Falls, NY | January 27, 2012

Ron Paul: “Roads?” You strain at a gnat and swallow a camel. How about Ron Paul being the only candidate who wants to end our policeman foreign policy? Who advocates diplomacy with Iran instead of saber rattling? Who wants to re-establish a relationship with Cuba and end the stupid Cold War embargo? Who wants to reign in the Federal Reserve that has enabled the 1% to become rich at the 99% expense?

OFFENDED
Monica Bertrand | USA | January 27, 2012

I read today's comic bashing Senator Rick Santorum and I was deeply offended. I think everyone should be treated with respect! I normally don't read your comic strips because they are almost never funny but this caught my eye and drove me over the cliff. I will not be reading your comics again!

CUT AND PASTED
Jini Coolen Briggs | Lynnwood, WA | January 27, 2012

Thank you for your recent strip on Callista Gingrich. I cut and pasted it on my Facebook page. She knew his wife had MS, but still was his mistress for six years. First Lady material? I think not. No media seems to be aware of this -- or they cannot say anything. Again; thanks.