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ROYAL ARMY MEDIC
Cpt. E.F. Potgieter | Pretoria, SOUTH AFRICA | September 13, 2011

I would like to thank Mr Trudeau for the 9/11 strip. I am a Royal Army Medical Corps medic who worked the rubble in the weeks after the attack as part of the UK MOD support package. I have been involved in operations in Iraq and Helmand province, but that was the one event that has truly stayed with me. 2011 was the first year that I did not revisit the site on the anniversary of the attack. After reading your strip yesterday I cried and truly mourned what happened for the first time. Once again, thank you.

WHA?
Anna Bramfeld | Oak Park, IL | September 12, 2011

Wha....? Just now, as I was folding up today's Chicago Tribune, I realized I'd forgotten to read Doonesbury. I opened up the comic page again and discovered the following message: "This week's Doonesbury does not meet our standards of fairness. Please enjoy this substitute strip." I'm thinking of cancelling my subscription, which I have never considered in the past. The Tribune has a columnist and a cartoonist who have made careers out of trashing Obama almost every day, and I have accepted it as part of the ugly downside of a democratic society and a free press. And now the Trib says it can't publish a cartoon that quotes a book about Sarah Palin?

WITH US EVERY DAY
Denise Stubel | Havertown, PA | September 12, 2011

I simply wanted to thank you for your strip on Sunday, September 11, 2011. Before I read it, I thought I was abnormal to not want to see television, newspaper, radio or any remembrance tribute marking the 10th anniversary of 9-11-01. It is with us every day, from the calloused fact that we have two wars still going on to the routine fact of having to remove your shoes every time you board a plane. I don't need to re-live it; I would not be able to move forward or fully heal by always opening the scab. It is like an old scar, it is on your body forever. Thank you again.

BAROMETER
Jerry Stephens | Edmong, OK | September 12, 2011

B.D. has become the essential barometer for the strip. An amazing change from the original helmet-headed and reactionary guy of years ago. But then the change in B.D. is probably something of the change in all of us. Yesterday's strip was a sobering reminder to all of us that we need to be just as reflective as BD has become.

ANNIVERSARY
Kristin | Chicago, IL | September 12, 2011

I was a college student in upstate NY on 9/11. As the anniversary approached I felt so jaded by the commemorations and analysis and discussion of the past 10 years, and I just wanted to remember and appreciate exactly where we were and what we lost. Thank you your strip, it expressed that beautifully.

CAPTURED
Matt Lloyd | O'Fallon, IL | September 12, 2011

Perfect 9/11 strip. You exactly captured how I was feeling all weekend, in a classy, tasteful way.

APPRECIATED
Emme | Atlanta, GA | September 12, 2011

I just want to add my voice to the chorus of those who appreciated the 9/11 strip. It made me cry. I felt very weary going into the 10th anniversary because of the ways I felt this day has been used by politicians, the media, etc. to advance their agendas, but I also recognized the significance of this day to everyone -- especially those mentioned by B.D. The strip hit the perfect note.

I WISH
The Hag | Palatine, IL | September 11, 2011

Thank you, so very much for having the courage to say what I feel. I remember. I'll always remember. I don't need to see it all happen again. I wish I could forget.

GRUELING
Joe Nuzzo | Montrose, NY | September 11, 2011

I am a 9/11 survivor.This week has been grueling for me. Your strip captured my feelings so well. I worked in North Tower 1. What happened in the stairwell to me will live with me for the rest of my life. I was lucky to survive that day. I appreciate all the Remembrances and Tributes; they are important. I cannot bring myself to go down to the Memorial. I have been keeping busy all day. I guess I am trying to run away from the Memories, but they always catch up with me. I have been reading your strips and books (An Especially Tricky People) since I was a teenager. I am now 54. I have always loved and appreciated your work, but none more than your strip on 9/11/11. Thank you.

THE ONLY ONE
Megan | Portland, OR | September 11, 2011

I thought I was the only one not wanting to turn on the TV today. I wasn't even sure I wanted to read Doonesbury. Glad I did, though.

REMEMBERING
Vivian | Montreal, CANADA | September 11, 2011

It's 9/11 and I'm grateful to you for turning off the coverage for a moment in the name of really remembering, Real remembering is costly. It shows up the comparative cheapness of so much collective helpless stuckness masquerading as new coverage.

DISTANCING MYSELF
Bob Buckingham | St. John's, CANADA | September 11, 2011

The 9/11 strip was a wonderful. I am not the only person distancing myself from the week-long mawkish coverage. One of the best insights of B.D. I have ever seen. The fact that Manhattan was practically closed today due to an al-Queda threat shows the "War on Terror" failed. One wonders what would have happened if the West had put as much time, effort, energy, priority and money into understanding, peace, mediation and reconciliation. We can only hope and struggle for a more sane approach from here on forward. Good on ya G.T.

DEALING WITH LOSS
Russ | Dayton, OH | September 11, 2011

I watched half of the History Channel 9/11 special on Friday. Had to turn it off. If I still feel the pain (far away in Ohio), how much more those who were there that day relive it and carry it every day. Thanks for B.D.'s wisdom and honesty about dealing with loss.

HISTORY
Kay Goforth | Houston, TX | September 11, 2011

To those responding that we should not be "reliving" 9/11 in such a way, please let me remind you that those who do not remember history are doomed to repeat it. Tell me, do you really want to repeat those days? We must not forget.

HAD TO
Elise | Hershey, PA | September 11, 2011

Thank you so much for your September 11th strip. Somebody had to say it.

NAILED
Eric Simmons | Tobyhanna, PA | September 11, 2011

Having been a 9/11 survivor, rescue worker, and finally recovery worker, I also say you nailed it.

MOST OFTEN FEATURED
Gray | Taunton, MA | September 11, 2011

Thanks for today's strip. You hit the nail completely on the head once again. Interesting how B.D. seems to be the character most often featured in these almost perfect slices of life.

MY SENTIMENTS
Pat Sherman | Southwick, MA | September 11, 2011

Thank you for today's strip. It conveys my sentiments exactly.

HOPING
Ben Ezzell | Quilene, WA | September 11, 2011

I am hoping for a day with such a paucity of news that the Taliban will be revealed as little more than a shadow, full of sound and fury, a comic rendition fit only for derisive laughter. I am hoping. But thank you, GT, for today's strip.

THE UNSAYABLE
Marcia | Erie, CO | September 11, 2011

Doonesbury has found a way to say the unsayable. Listening to the coverage this morning, (because I was driving and my radio's always on NPR) I heard Paul Simon substitute "Sounds of Silence" for the programmed "Bridge Over Troubled Water." Those words from my childhood took on, in this context, a meaning that, to me, invoked a Chomskyan view of the events of 9/11. I wonder -- was Simon also saying the un-sayable? Or was it only that, at pushing 70, he found the difficult "Bridge" to be un-singable? Doonesbury is often ambiguous, but not this time. Thank you.