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THE FUTURE
John Myers | Los Angeles, CA | February 13, 2013

DARPA drives the future. Congress would do well to grow its funding, along with NIH. This will create new jobs in the future. And please stop with the baby-killing military robot research; what can be done for you, can be done to you.

ALEX AT DARPA
Steven Pollack | Silver Spring, MD | February 13, 2013

Alex at DARPA. Truly scary. Any idea she has must violate at least three laws of physics. That will be no challenge for her.

FOLLOW-UP
Lori McConnell | Snohomish, WA | February 13, 2013

I'm sorry to see there has been no follow-up on Monday's "internet porn" strip. This is actually a very big issue, with the high prevalence of internet porn use and the detrimental physical effect it has on a man's sex life in real life, especially younger men. Get those two talking!

DARPA
Chris Parkins | London, UK | February 13, 2013

I'll take Alex's word that DARPA invented the internet, but it was an Englishman (Tim Berners-Lee) who invented the world wide web. And he made no money on it whatsoever; he just gave it to the world. Not a lot of Americans seem to know that.

RICK'S EFFORTS
Christopher Wells | Greencastle, IN | February 13, 2013

As I recall, Joanie rebuffed Rick's efforts to "co-nurture" because his administration of bathtime got water all over the floor.

AUDIBLE
Chris | New York, NY | February 13, 2013

Audible quotations are done with a short pause, with lips closed, before and after the word or phrase in question.

JEFF
Jason Thorn | Phoenix, AZ | February 13, 2013

Really, Jeff? DARPA doesn't ring a bell? Turn in your CIA credentials. You have finally proved beyond any doubt that you have no business in the CIA.

FAMILY
Nikki Longaker | Binghamton, NY | February 12, 2013

With Alex and Toggle expecting, GBT has a great chance to create another new kind of family. I hope he addresses issues like finances and the developmental needs of babies and young children. Given that most parents must both work long hours today, good child care is a huge expense, and in our culture of videos, texting, and tweets today's kids often go without the time and attention they need. Rick and Joanie had it easy, in comparison, back in the day. Then again, I seem to remember Rick (whom I adored when I was a young parent) dodging his share of Jeff-care, to Joanie's annoyance.

BOOK
John R. | St. Paul, MN | February 12, 2013

When speaking, how does one distinguish between a book and a "book" ?

WOW!
Bob | Minnesota | February 12, 2013

Wow! Audible quotation marks! Where can I get some?

TROUBLED
Joan | Ithaca, NY | February 07, 2013

I adore Joanie, and considering that J.J. is my name too for the very same reason, I have felt a kinship with the strip ever since I began reading my brother's collections when I was but seven. I am 46 so I've been with you a while, thankfully. My comment has to do with Joan's actions. I can understand that she is irked by the young woman, but I am troubled that she is so disrespectful, using her device rather than continuing eye contact. I feel this perpetuates one of the more rude aspects of our culture. If Joanie maintained solid eye contact she'd be in a stronger position of maturity and authority.

PASSIVE AGGRESSION
Dan Duffy | Durham, NC | February 07, 2013

Well, if you text while a worker greets you at the entrance to her place of work, a little passive aggression is to be expected. If it had been a large middle-aged man rather than an elderly woman, she might reasonably be deciding to call security.

DISMAYED
Pat Ruggiero | Palmyra, VA | February 07, 2013

I'm dismayed at the way the strip is treating Joanie as an "elderly" person, on Warren's staff merely to increase its "diversity." That young woman surely can't have overlooked the fact that Hilary Clinton, as well as many male polticians and appointees, are in later middle age, and that this country is not being run entirely by the under-30 generation.

THRILLED
Seven | Alexandria, VA | February 07, 2013

I am thrilled that Joanie is on the Senator's staff. What a welcome back from the young staffer! I read Doonesbury on the internet in the morning, and again in the evening when I take my WaPo with the nasty newsprint and ink to my chair and read it cover to cover. I too tear comics from the newspaper for use at work or posting on the fridge! It will be a sad commentary when the hard copy editions of newspapers are gone.

STEPPING IN IT
Allie | Gettysburg, PA | February 07, 2013

Wow, that kid is stepping in it. I'm reminded of the time I was invited to attend a local church of a liberal stripe because, and I quote, "We need more pagans!" So well-meaning, and so wrong, on so very many levels; among them that I'm Christian.

PRINT AND INTERNET
Mary Parmenter | Bremerton, WA | February 05, 2013

I love and use both print and Internet. I read the NYTimes Seattle print edition every day wearing my special t-shirt that becomes black with ink as I read. Then I change my shirt and check out Doonesbury on the net where my hands and clothes stay clean and I can e-mail particularly funny strips to my son in San Francisco. Both media types have their uses. You can't wrap cat litter in a monitor.

THE ELDERLY
Pat Goudey O'Brien | Warren, VT | February 05, 2013

Egad! Just the other day, I heard that flu vaccinations are recommended for "the elderly," and it seems that I qualify for elderly, too! Hey, I'm only 66 years old. A spring chicken. Barely middle-aged. Elderly, indeed! (I love how, when something matters in my life, I often see it pop up in a Doonesbury strip. He reads people's minds...)

PRINT COMICS
Don Albertson | Spring Mills, PA | February 05, 2013

The nice thing about print comics (and the Houston Chronicle used to have several pages of them every day) is that without them, it's unlikely that the comics would be on the web because someone has to pay for all that. The sad thing about print comics is that newspaper delivery service is increasingly unreliable as newspapers turn delivery over to "contractors" to save money. Newspapers also cut the comics to accommodate smaller page sizes -- I didn't know that Doonesbury was an eight-panel Sunday strip until I saw it online.

SWITCHED
Reg Rumney | Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA | February 05, 2013

I switched to reading Doonesbury online many years ago when my favourite weekly newspaper, the Mail & Guardian (formerly Weekly Mail) stopped running the strip to save money. I have gone to the site almost every day since. It is my window on the world of US politics and much else besides.

DOWNSIDE
McAlvie | Washington, D.C. | February 05, 2013

The digital age is marvelous and I do my share of reading that way; but I would still mourn the loss of newsprint. The downside of the electronic age is that it is too easy and too cheap for anyone to say anything, and often without having to own it. Thus we have a lot of websites masquerading as legitimate news media, but without the ethics and obligations that should go with it.