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A BILL
Rick E. | Dallas, TX | April 27, 2014

Today's strip, in which a patient is kept waiting two hours past his appointment time and charges the doctor for that time, is very familiar. A friend of mine did just that a couple years ago. She was kept waiting about an hour-and-a-half. She could wait no longer. She handed the receptionist a bill for her time and left. The doctor paid her bill.

B.D.'S ADVENTURE
Ben Ezzell | Quilcene, WA | April 25, 2014

I've been re-reading B.D.'s 'adventure' in the 10-years-ago section of the Flashbacks page. Oh, seeing that he actually has hair? Yeah, that's a shock. Anyway, flew SAR in 'Nam so I can relate too well but it's not a flashback trigger -- not the way it's presented -- but a deep sigh of relief.  And in the 5-1-04 strip, the line "Daddy's coming home!" --  there just isn't anything more to say, on so many levels. Thanks for tolerable reality; thanks for relief; thanks for the attitude.

SYNCHRONICITY
John Brennand | Langley, CANADA | April 25, 2014

Synchronicity, you gotta love it. The Mother Jones article in the today's Daily Briefing -- "America's Real Criminal Element: Lead" -- ties in nicely with the 'Cosmos' episode this week. On 'Cosmos', Neil DeGrasse-Tyson details the efforts of Dr. Claire Patterson to raise the alarm about tetra ethyl lead. The Mother Jones article parallels that with a cogent story of how that chemical toxin altered the patterns of our lives.

RADIO STATION
Donna C. | Lucerne, CA | April 25, 2014

Loved the flashbacks to the radio station. I was still in high school when the originals ran. My best friend and I, with help from her older brother, decided to start our own 'radio show.' Our call letters were WGHP -- With God's Help, Peace. We were Sadie and Safire Klutzbutz. Our station also featured the wonderful Randy Twins, two quite handsome young men who were friends with our older brothers. It was a good way to burn off the nervous energy that invaded all homes -- that dreaded draft lottery numbers call.

WATERGATE!
Linda Keating | Hayward, CA | April 24, 2014

I love how you are bringing back the old strips -- Watergate!, getting to see how they met Joanie, etc. -- but also keeping us abreast on Sundays. I really love the strips with the new twins. Thanks for all your great work.

LOOK
McAlvie | Baltimore, MD | April 23, 2014

Sniff. I caught the 10-year flashback with B.D.'s storyline, and couldn't resist following it until he got home. It's amazing how caught up in their lives I can get. But it makes me smile to see how far Boopsie has come from the ding-a-ling cheerleader. Who would have thought that she and B.D. would still be together? If anyone has doubts about how the younger Doonesbury generation will turn out, they need only look at how far their 'rents have come. The kids will be okay.

FORMATS
Paul Hawkins | Wooster, OH | April 20, 2014

Mike and Kim are as different as newspaper and tablet. Fortunately, Doonesbury is available in both formats, regardless of which side of the coffee cup your generation gappiness happens to fall!

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT
Nora | Sausalito, CA | April 19, 2014

When I was born, a friend of my parents copied the "It's a baby woman!" panel for my birth announcement. I'm not sure if that makes me hip or nerdy from the start, but thanks for the memories.

GOOD AS NEW
Don Bump | Ashland, NH | April 19, 2014

Since I did not like seeing Flashbacks that were't that old I stopped checking and just read the Sunday strips. Now I discover you are back to 1972, which I never saw -- I never read the paper, and have only been reading the comic on the internet. Keep them coming; these are good as new to me.

BABY WOMAN
Carol | Rutland, VT | April 19, 2014

Today's is by far my favorite Doonesbury strip. When I was in college in the 70s I worked at the campus day care center and seriously related to Joanie's trials and tribulations. And even today, whenever a baby girl is born, I always say "It's a baby woman!"

GUT PUNCH
Ray Kimball | Scottsdale, AZ | April 19, 2014

Seeing today's 10-year Flashback strip was a gut punch. I'm an Iraq vet from the 2003 invasion, and I remember when the strip first aired. At first it was painful to read, but as it played out over the next few days, I really appreciated how GBT laid it out without commentary or extra layers; just one man's fight for life and his unit dealing with it. Reading it all over again brought back a mix of emotions -- but thanks.

FORETHOUGHT?
John Brennand | Langley, CANADA | April 18, 2014

Déjà vu all over again? How fitting that this week's Classics story comes right after we hear about the pay equity gap for women. Lucky coincidence, or careful forethought?

TODAY'S STRIP
Marcus Ettling | Hamburg, GERMANY | April 18, 2014

Oh my god, I don´t believe it. Today's strip was one of the first Doonesbury cartoons I read, many years ago in a Doonesbury collection, translated into German. It must have been in the mid-eighties and of course the strips were completely outdated. But I immediately felt that they were something special and I've been a Doonesbury fan ever since. And I can say that what I know about the U.S.  of the 70s I learned from those strips. Before the internet I had to order books from Britain or the U.S. to read my favorite strip. Today I read online or buy from Amazon. The times, they're a-changing. But the humor of Doonesbury never changed, and the old strips are as good as they were all those years ago. Thanks, G.B., for all the laughs and insights.

SAD
Nick | Halifax, CANADA | April 18, 2014

I'm sad that Mr. Trudeau has gone on a "long-term and open-ended hiatus" from writing daily strips. I have read Doonesbury without break for decades, but I find the reposting of his earlier strips to be much less interesting, and I've stopped reading them. I am most attracted by Doonesbury's daily commentary on current life, politics, etc. -- just as I was back when the archived strips were the daily strips. Now it all seems less interesting. I can appreciate Mr. Doonesbury's desire to create a TV program, with the much larger scope that it offers, but I certainly miss fresh and insightful comic strips.

JUNIOR BOOMER
Brian Charles | Conway, NH | April 18, 2014

As a junior Boomer, I love reliving the beginning stories which, while in my memory, had become vague and unclear. Having the Sunday "live" strips enhances the feeling that we're being guided through this retrospective by a benevolent curator/creator.

CHANGE
Rosie's Nana | Orlando, FL | April 18, 2014

I miss the new stuff, but the old stuff certainly makes me think of where I was and what I was doing when I read it the first time, and all my plans to "change the world." Of course, I found out it was not as easy as I expected it would be to encourage change in our world. I'm still fighting some of the battles today that I was fighting then, but sadly, I find I get tired much more quickly. Thanks for reminding me of how it all started.

NOT A SINGLE WOMAN
John Ghalt | Anchorage, AK | April 18, 2014

In my 30-year career as a consultant and owner's rep, by far the most pleasurable work has been project management which involves close interaction with construction contractors. In all that time not a single woman has been in management (for the contractor -- I've known some no-nonsense PM's as consultants). It seems that even today women "don't wanna be (contractors)" -- not even Joanie.

OLD STRIPS
Thomas N. | Austin, TX | April 17, 2014

It's nice to see these older strips getting people just as exercised as they no doubt did back when they were originally published. Thinking and discourse (okay, of varying quality) never go out of style.

COMMENTS
David Huntington | Katy, TX | April 16, 2014

I am puzzled by the comments concerning Joanie Caucus "abandoning" her daughter J.J. and that suggestion that she, by not being there, is to blame for her daughter's flaws. Apparently these people do not see that the father has a role in child rearing. As far as Joanie's "justification" for escaping from a life of marital serfdom, she didn't need one.

STUNNING CONCEPTUALIZATION
Margaret Delgatty | Vancouver, CANADA | April 14, 2014

Ooh - that "how much?" frame is such a stunning conceptualization of so many things at so many levels, I don't even know where to start listing them. Let it be enough that it's equally effective in the context of the historic strip and from today's perspective -- and I know I will keep thinking of more ways it's relevant.