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INTRIGUING
Sean | Omaha, NE | October 12, 2011

It's always great to see an Alex-themed week. The grandmother element is intriguing, but I'm hoping for a segue into Toggle moving in with Alex.

ELIZABETH WARREN
Steve | Wadsworth, OH | October 11, 2011

Gotta love Doonesbury for talking up Elizabeth Warren and her bid for the senate. We need consumer protections so that certain people don't have to take their clothes off to pay for college.

THE MIX
Seven | Alexandria, VA | October 10, 2011

Loving the mix of Mel, Elias and Jeff. Great job on Roz coming out, a little non-traditional, but I wonder why the gay woman has to look like a "bruiser." So 70's stereotypical. And to the person that made the comment that the military "is not a dating service" -- really? Someone should tell that to the straight guys. Not complaining, just saying. Keep up the great work!

TOO MUCH
Sandra Moffett | Indianapolis, IN | October 10, 2011

I always love strips with Alex in them, but the photo of MIT's Strata Center in the background of her picture at the top of the page is too much! Please don't promote Frank Gehry; it only encourages him.

WHERE THIS IS GOING
David Derbes | Chicago, IL | October 10, 2011

I love where this is going. We know Joanie wants to work for Elizabeth Warren's campaign, we know Alex is still in the Cambridge area, and the whole idea of the grandmother-granddaughter bonding and teaching each other stuff is wonderful to contemplate. GBT, you old softie.

WELCOME
M. V. | OKLAHOMA | October 10, 2011

He may just be a fictional character, but still -- Ray is welcome to come crash on this vet's couch anytime.

CRASHING
Joel Calhoun | Monticello, MS | October 09, 2011

Nice to see that Ray's gotten out of B.D.'s place. Now, if he'll only go home home, instead of just crashing wherever he wants. I understand that he's having difficulty adjusting to civilian life after all he's gone through, but until he returns home home, he'll never be more than a shell of a man.

ADVICE TO ROZ
Simon Kneebone | Sydney, AUSTRALIA | October 08, 2011

Regarding the Roz coming out story arc, there is a line in the film Lone Star where the female sergeant says to an errant female soldier, "We're not running a dating agency here, private." Even though I know Roz and Mel are not actually real, I think this would be good advice to Roz, at least.

HIS BEST SPEECH
Jim H. | Apache Junction, AZ | October 07, 2011

Thank you for posting Steve Jobs' commencement address. I feel it is his best speech. So many only know of him from his product announcements and sound clips. To hear from his heart is great.

MISS YOU
Janet Woods | Princeton, NJ | October 06, 2011

Steve I miss you already, your dramatic flare for new products, your sense of style, your design genius and your ability to make computing work for the masses. I feel as bad as I did when Watterson decided to quit Calvin and Hobbes, but at least I can hope he will change his mind. So be well and send your ideas and thoughts to those who matter.

NOD TO STEVE JOBS
Yundah | Olivet, MICHIGAN | October 06, 2011

Thanks for today's Say What? I sit here in the early morning, checking out Doonesbury on my Mac and syncing my iPad, getting ready for the day, appreciating your nod to Steve Jobs. I've been a Mac user since I got an Apple back in 1989 and learned that using a computer really didn't require a degree in programming. Jobs let me, and lots of other Boomers, enter the computer age and I think we will all miss his genius.

READY
Jim Milsteing | New Uraniborg, CO | October 06, 2011

Okay, I guess we're ready now for B.D. and Zonk to come out. Who guessed that Boopsie was the beard?

DUH!
Curtis Burga | Mustang, OK | October 05, 2011

Well, duh! I had already assumed she was, from previous strips. Not much of a surprise.

THE HEART OF THINGS
Pat Goudey O'Brien | Warren, VT | October 05, 2011

Hot damn! I love today's strip. "And life goes on. Amazing." Yeah! Amazingly just the way things should be. I love the way GBT gets right to the heart of things. Thanks, man. And hey, people everywhere. Listen up. It's no big deal. Get on with your own lives.

COUPLES
Michael Persons | Shrewsbury, MA | October 04, 2011

I knew an elderly gay man who'd been in the military in the 40s and 50s. He said that whenever they got to a new post, the gay men and women would seek each other out and become "couples." So it's been going on for a while.

WOW!
Ben Ezzell | Quilcene, WA | October 04, 2011

Wow! That was one I didn't see coming. Love it! RIP, DADT. You'll not be missed. Well, maybe bigots will miss you, but most of us won't. Memo: This veteran is medicated for your protection.

HE WOULDN'T LIE
D.C. | Peoria, IL | October 03, 2011

Let me preface this by mentioning a near and dear relative who is a veteran of the French Foreign Legion instead of the US Army because back in the day he wouldn't lie, and DADT was six years out. When I saw today's strip, first I laughed, then I cried, then I prayed Mel's comrade will not regret her candor. No one should care whom you love or share a bed with as long as both are consenting adults. It has no bearing on one's ability to serve well and with honor. Thanks, Garry.

HEFT
Bernard | Washington, D.C. | October 02, 2011

For all those who think that Gov. Christie's weight will hurt his chances for the presidency (current Straw Poll), I would like to point out that presidents Taft, Grant, Clinton, and Teddy Roosevelt all packed some serious heft in the Oval Office.

PINCH THE TOES
Kevin | Nevada, IA | October 01, 2011

As a Christian, and a pastor, I have found GBT's recent comments to be revealing and insightful. I have been reading his strip since the first panel, and if his comments on faith seem to pinch the toes a little, it's usually because of the public forum being dominated by know-nothings like Perry and Palin. Science-bashing, anti-immigrant bias, and Biblical literalism seem to attract more attention these days than any thoughtful discussion on these issues. The fact that GBT zeroes in on these issues, along with the people who foment such talk, simply means he is doing his job. For my part, I believe he has been eminently fair in his portrayal of faith, and I detect no anti-Christian bias in his writings. Carry on, Trudeau -- this is one clergyperson who has been glad to grow up with you.

TEXAN
Eileen | Houston, TX | September 30, 2011

As a Texan, I love today's strip. You are right on regarding Rick "The Price is Right" Perry.