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PTSD
Lynn Beldner | Oakland, CA | October 21, 2011

I have PTSD, so every time I see Toggle and Alex it helps me a lot, just to know that I am not alone. So many people do not "get it" when you say you have PTSD. I never know what will set me off. Yesterday we had two earthquakes here and my house really shook. Houses should not go up and down. That's bad. Thanks so much for your compassion!

ALEX
Lobo Bielich | Miami, FL | October 20, 2011

I have no idea how Alex will deal with Toggle's challenges. Although she has always been self-aware, she has also been self-centered. (I can't believe I'm writing this about a comic strip character, no matter how superlative the strip is...) How she deals with Toggle's underlying, hidden challenge will be a defining test.

ENOUGH
Thomas P. Mann | Bogota, NJ | October 20, 2011

Yesterday's strip left something out. The richest 1% earn 24% of the income and pay 39% of federal taxes. What percentage would be enough, Alex? (Yes. I know the characters are not real.)

GOT ME
Flora Steele | LA, CA | October 20, 2011

Got me. I thought Leo was disagreeing with OWS, so I was getting ready to tell him that taxpayers were paying for his education at a community college. Viva OWS!

WHEW!
Marcia M. | Boulder, CO | October 20, 2011

Whew! I was so fearing an ideological schism between Alex and Toggle! Instead, a well-timed reminder that the kind of damage incurred in today's almost-forgotten forever-wars is never really healed. Sorry for Toggle, glad for the couple. (They're not just cartoon characters. They're not. They're us.)

BIG ISSUE
V. Felts | San Diego, CA | October 20, 2011

Today's strip reveals the truly big issue facing Alex and Leo right now -- OWS be damned, Toggle's having a freaking panic attack! If Alex (who I normally adore) doesn't get him out of there ASAP, I'm gonna want to smack her...

FACT
K.S. | Ashland, OR | October 20, 2011

FACT: Whether in the strip, in Blowback, or anywhere else, putting the word "Fact" in front of a statement doesn't make it true.

OUT OF THERE
Ed Fischer | Big Island, VA | October 20, 2011

Please get Toggle and Alex out of there safe, and no collateral damage. Don't go there.

SHIED AWAY
Jack Cerf | Chatham, NJ | October 20, 2011

I'm sorry GBT seems to have shied away from having a real political conflict between Alex and Leo. At some point their differences in background, education and social class have to affect the relationship. Leo's just taking things as they come (which is why he's so good for her), but the self doubting, introspective Alex has to have forseen the problem and worried about it. And besides, I'd love to see what Leo has to think about politics.

PERSPECTIVE
Doug Butler | Cape Cod, MA | October 20, 2011

Wow, the PTSD card. I didn't see that coming. How soon we forget the old problems that really don't just go away. Thanks GBT for giving us perspective. Life requires us to deal with more than one problem at a time.

OWS
Maria Agosto | Gulfport, FL | October 19, 2011

Re "It's the Occupy people!"  I found out about OWS in their second week and joined immediately. Why? Because we're occupying a new method of problem-solving. Rather than presenting ourselves as having "the" answer, we've chosen to get off that hierarchical tower and come down to meet each other where the creative wisdom of diversity, harnessed through the consensus process, is originating a mashup of truly revolutionary ideas and solutions. Whew! Now back to the drumming circle.

GOOD BRAIN
Bernard | Washington, D.C. | October 19, 2011

FACT: The rhetoric of the Occupiers is the rhetoric of socialism -- class warfare and redistribution of wealth.

FACT: This news watcher / "Doonesbury" fan reads the Occupiers as a manufactured liberal movement designed to counter the growing political power of the grass-roots conservative Tea Partiers.

FACT: Alex is a knee-jerk liberal.

FACT: Toggle has a good brain behind that eye patch.

THE 99%
In Moderation | Los Angeles, CA | October 19, 2011

I'm looking forward to GBT's take on the 99% movement. It looks like Alex and Toggle might have different perspectives, which should be interesting. I suspect they'll be a lot more logical and thoughtful in their discussion of the movement than many in the real public are. Why people think they have to choose either the tea party or the 99% folks I don't know. We've become an obsessive, extremist culture that can no longer find the middle. It's dangerous when we start thinking anyting must be all or nothing. History has shown us what happens; why don't we learn from it? Maybe Alex and Toggle can show us how.

WARNING
Artist General Michael Masley | Los Angeles, CA | October 19, 2011

Great to see ya weighing in on OWS! These are the occasions where Doonesbury so inspirationally shines for its 'host democracy.' Artist General's Warning: When dissent blinks, democracy stumbles.

TROUBLE IN PARADISE?
Pat Goudey | Warren, VT | October 19, 2011

Uh oh! Trouble in paradise? Is this the first big divide to fall between our sweet young couple? I can't face Alex and Leo having a fight over something that matters. Garry can do whatever he likes with his comic strip, but he's got me worried, nonetheless. It's tough waiting until tomorrow to see if this is going to be Leo saying something very rational, or Alex and Leo finding a place where their values collide. (I hope they can hold it together like Boopsie and B.D. -- love conquers all. True inspiration, if only they were flesh and blood and not figments of someone's imagination. I hope Mr. Trudeau fashions some of his best characters on some real best people he's known. That would be heartening.)

LACEY'S HAT
S.B. Carter | Stanford, ILLINOIS | October 18, 2011

I don't check Blowback every day, so I just stumbled onto the recent discussion of Lacey's hat. As a fair-skinned woman of 57 who never remembered to use sunscreen as a youth, I have had sun damage to my face. After having areas of my face treated to remove the thickening skin before it morphed into cancer, I spent a few months doing skin peels to reduce the amount of damage. It seems to have been effective, and now I wear sunscreen and a hat outside. It gets old (but then, so did I). We do what we have to do.

HOPE
Michael F. Hopkins | Buffalo, NY | October 18, 2011

Leave it to Alex and Leo to reflect the wit and resolve of a population under fire. As long as Garry Trudeau uses his art to encourage the mind and occupy the heart, America's got hope -- despite the odds.

THE GRAND KIDS
Freewheelin Franklin | Corralitos, CA | October 18, 2011

Thanks for today's strip, and thanks to the grand kids (sorry for screwing up your parents). It's beginning to feel like the 60s again. Fire up the bus, we're back on the road!

CORPORATIONS
Jahn Ghalt | Anchorage, ALASKA | October 18, 2011

The 20th Century saw lots of corporations executed -- in the Soviet Union, China under Mao, many other smaller command economies, and newly independent European colonies in Africa and Asia. Those companies were said to be "nationalized."

A PLUS
Maerzie | Florence, WI | October 18, 2011

I just love the comment about corporations not being persons today, and bringing in the "ease of executions in Texas" is a plus. Thanks for such a great job as a true American. The obstructionists will be voted out, hopefully, if people finally start thinking. Money has ruled our country far too long.