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IOS 7
Boise Ed | Atascadero, CA | March 16, 2014

I can only wish that I hadn't downgraded to iOS 7. But, as the old Kingston Trio lyric says, "Once you go, you can't come back." Thank you, Mr. Trudeau, for expressing my view of iOS 7 so perfectly.

GACK!
Charles Bing | Edmonton, CANADA | March 16, 2014

Gack! Mike decries the new look of the iPhone, and immediately people are tossing around all the old tropes about no innovation, missing Steve J., and so on. Please spare me. Having a beef about the iPhone's new look and feel is one thing, but translating that into "the end of innovation" is silly. The new Power Mac? The fingerprint scanner on the iPhone 5S? The absurdly light MacBook Air, or for that matter, the iPad mini? Like Phil Schiller said: "Can't innovate any more, my ass." It's only been three years since the iPad changed how millions of people use email and the web, and...such ennui! Grumble, grumble.

NOT UPGRADING
Dennis B. Swaney | Oroville, CA | March 16, 2014

You nailed it, Garry! Mike's reasons are the same as mine for not upgrading. I fault Jony Ive. He is an excellent hardware designer, but a very poor software interface designer.

CHANGE
Charles Gaylord | Arbor Vitae, WI | March 16, 2014

Speaking of change for change's sake, innovation ends when a once state-of-the-art product comes out in various colors.

DETERIORATION
Howard Scott Wallin | Evanston, IL | March 16, 2014

I still love my 3G; the feel of quality and durability. The deterioration of Apple as an institution started with the Apple store and its pursuit of change for profit -- above the Apple core values of taste and substance. Can they adapt to the criticism of this tasteless change?

THE INTUITIVENESS THAT ONCE WAS
Robin S. | Concord, NH | March 16, 2014

Today's strip on the iPhone is brilliant! The changes in iOS have been truly disconcerting to me, but I thought I was alone. Thank you , GBT, for giving a voice to those of us who miss the rounded corners, the shadows that gave the icons a 3-D look, and the intuitiveness that once was. I can't even figure out how to use the Calendar on the new iOS. I miss Steve Jobs.

HERO
Russ Hunt | Keswick Ridge, CANADA | March 16, 2014

In the early fifties I was a Pogo fan and wrote Walt Kelly a letter in '52, I think, and got an answer along with a copy of Uncle Pogo So-So Stories. Kelly (along with three other cartoonists -- GBT, JF, and BW) has been a hero most of my life.

NOT UPDATED
Logan's Mom | St. Paul, MN | March 16, 2014

As I was sipping my coffee today's strip made my morning. Thank you! Why would Apple get rid of their stellar interface and icon design? I have not updated my IOS, either. Apple has always strived to innovate. What happened?

IN TRANSLATION
Jakob Dragsdal Soerensen | Aarhyus, DANMARK | March 15, 2014

I started reading Doonesbury in the early eighties -- in Danish translation. The strips were from late seventies. Initially I read them mainly for the jokes, but increasingly for the insights into American politics. I've stuck with Doonesbury for thirty years now and think of Doonespeople as old friends and neighbors, whose lives I follow from afar. I still find myself reading something on American politics and suddenly understanding an old Doonesbury strip, that at the time seemed obscure. Each year around October it's time for yet another journey into Doonesland, when a new translated book is released. Thank you for old friends and hilarious insights!

HISTORY
Elijah Lachance | Ouagadouogou, BURKINA FASO | March 15, 2014

As someone born in 1987, I am yet a younger generation. I think I learned just about all my history from reading Doonesbury and Pogo and then asking questions and looking things up. When I went abroad with the Peace Corps, I brought all the books and comics from Pogo and GBT I could find with me, and my friends think I'm some sort of genius history buff as a result. I can't wait to start watching Alpha House and getting caught up on what's been happening while I've been away from the Internet for two years. To GBT and Walt Kelly, a million thanks from this millennial.

FAVORITE
John Halbert | Los Angeles, CA | March 14, 2014

The "25 Years Ago" strip on the Flashbacks page today is one of my favorite mistakes in the history of Doonesbury. When Honey hires J.J. as an artist to do murals on Donald Trump's yacht, they act like they've never met -- despite the fact that they were college roommates.

A YOUNGER GENERATION
Maryhelen Posey | Calgary, CANADA | March 14, 2014

Wonderful to see that Pogo got to yet a younger generation than mine! I was born in 1942, hence too young to appreciate Pogo when it came out. But my brother collected all the comics, and later the collections of the strips, so when I got old enough to re-read Pogo as not just a bunch of neat animals talking gibberish but hilarious political and social satire, there they were. My brother still has them -- I'm working on him to leave them to my son!

WALT KELLY
David Hallett | St John's, CANADA | March 14, 2014

Apart from being slightly older (b. 1959), I had the absolutely identical experience with my father's Pogo books. GBT has ably carried on Walt Kelly's keen and hilarious analysis of the U.S. I think of both GBT and Kelly as great American patriots because they refuse to whitewash their nation and its foibles, idiosyncracies, and inconsistencies while still believing in its founding principles.

POGO
Mark Miller | Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS | March 14, 2014

Born in 1960, I learned things from my father's old Pogo books. It was the Doonesbury of its time. I understood nothing but the jokes.

BORN IN THE LATE '70s
Saira | Dorchester, ENGLAND | March 13, 2014

As someone born in the late '70s, everything I know about what happened in the years leading up to and immediately following my birth comes from reading my parents' old Doonesbury books. How nice it is to see those old strips again.

GOOD FRIENDS
Carol | Boulder, CO | March 13, 2014

Thanks for these wonderful oldies. I'm totally loving taking the time machine back, and seeing my good friends back in the day.

THE PASSING YEARS
S.B. Carter | Stanford, IL | March 12, 2014

I, too, am about the same age as the original Doonesbury characters. Everyone else is is reflecting on the emotional growth and maturation of the first generation. Although I spend a lot of time on a college campus, it was today's strip that brought home another facet of the passing years. Mark had no ass back then.

OLD STRIPS
Jeff Cohen | Atlanta, GA | March 12, 2014

I just love the old strips. Keep them coming.

GO!
Ray Lampe | Templeton, MA | March 11, 2014

To all the daring protestors of every generation: Thank you. When I was the age to join the fray, I was a passive liberal and didn't even know it. I thought everyone wanted fairness in the world. Now, nearing 80, I don't have the chops to knock heads any more but cheer from the sidelines, sign petitions, and donate to causes. Go, Megaphone Mark!!!

COINCIDENCE
Don Albertson | Spring Mills, PA | March 11, 2014

By a curious coincidence, students at the Papua New Guinea University of Technology (a.k.a. UNITECH) are demonstrating for the reinstatement of their Vice Chancellor (roughly equivalent to a President of a US university) just as the replay/flashblack strips show Mark demanding the ouster of Walden's President.