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RELAX
Elisabeth Haikkala | Victoria, CANADA | October 13, 2011

Re the hat Joanie is sporting; try to relax, people. I'm pretty sure it's only her gardening hat. I'm also pretty sure we've seen her wear it before, but only when she's been in her garden. For better or for worse, I am confident that GBT is not going to let Joanie morph into Lacey -- at least not anytime soon.

RAY
Richard | Olympia, WA | October 13, 2011

I didn't realize Ray was back. I must have missed something. Going home can be way awkward. Hey, for the first eighteen months or so after I got back I was drunk, stoned or otherwise out of my mind. If I run into another vet at the local watering hole, he's got my ear. Even if he's a little drunk I figure I owe him 18 months' grace, just like I had. And he's just nibbling at the first hour. Party on, dude! You just know something is way bad wrong. It's the suicide rate. Personally, I don't care if you need to slug me to express emotion. I'm sixty-four and everything's a little creaky, but I can still take a punch. Just don't off yourself 'cause it hurts too much.

INFURIATING
Brian Corby | New York, NY | October 13, 2011

Re: the current Mudline and Straw Poll. The strident push by the mainstream media to marginzlize the OWS protesters, while predictable, is infuriating. Tom Tomorrow's This Modern World sums it up very nicely. Here's a link to that strip and a few other recent cartoon commentaries.

BRAVO
Kathy Carlton | KC, MO | October 12, 2011

I've loved and admired Joanie Caucus since she was first picked up on the road by Mark and Michael on their motorcycle trip. Her various relationships over the years have been wonderful to follow, and I am particularly fond of the one she had with Lacey. I am tickled to see that Joanie now appears to be wearing a hat that evokes the iconic chapeau worn by Congresswoman Davenport. Lacey would be so proud of Joanie's support of Elizabeth Warren. GBT, you are the master at weaving all of the characters' story lines together. Bravo!

BOO
Barbara Huber | Maplewood, NJ | October 12, 2011

I can understand that many of us Boomers may be putting on a little weight, but putting a hat on Joanie Caucus to make her look more grandmotherly??? Yikes! She is not Lacy Davenport! She's one of us. And although many of us are prisoners of our genes, if we wear hats, they are stylish! Boo.

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.