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A GREAT COUNTRY
Andrew Epplett | Listowel, CANADA | September 14, 2011

As a Canadian, I rely on Doonesbury, The Daily Show, and The Colbert Report to give me my American 'news,' since they remind me that a country where these people are free to satirize their political leaders has to be a great country. Too bad some newspapers feel otherwise.

WARREN
Mark Walmsley | Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS | September 14, 2011

Warren is in. Please, in the name of all that is civilized, let Joanie out to help with the big work.

POSITIVE FEELING
Joshua Rey | Oxford, CT | September 14, 2011

I'm getting a pretty positive feeling about Sarah Palin from today's extracts. I hate meetings too -- would you want your country run by people who liked meetings? And what's not to like about a politician who makes post-feminist jokes at her own expense? As for the SayWhat? quote, if she really believes God loves her (doubtless not to the exclusion of loving everyone else) it's quite reasonable to remind herself of this encouraging fact. She probably has pictures of her family on her desktop; maybe she likes them too!

SMALL BLUE ISLAND
Jim Davis | Atlanta, GA | September 13, 2011

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has also pulled the Palin strips. They've apparently given in to the fact that they're on a small blue island in a very large red sea. Ralph McGill must be up to 3600 RPM in his grave.

COPOUT
Jean Ray | Canton, GA | September 13, 2011

I was disappointed, but not surprised, to find that the Atlanta Journal-Constitution is not running this week's strips, due to "stong political content..." What a copout! Keep up the good work.

SHARED B.D.'S SENSE
Paul Roe | Souderton, PA | September 13, 2011

I spent 9/11/11 digging a drainage trench around my house. My headphones, normally tuned to NPR, were solidly in pop and hip hop for the day. I didn't know any of the folks we lost then, and since in response, but I still shared B.D.'s sense of senseless waste of life.

HYPOCRITICAL
James Johnson | Kenosha, WI | September 13, 2011

I think the Chicago Tribune is being hypocritcal in not showing comic strips about Palin when it allows another comic strip to attack Obama on an almost daily basis.

NICELY
S. Hoffman | Chicago, IL | September 13, 2011

The Chicago Tribune has always been very right-wing. They endorsed Obama "because it was the thing to do at the time," and then they reverted to who they are. More important than writing in this space, I think, is writing letters to the newspaper. And these letters should say, nicely, "Fairness, my ***."

CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER
Steve Lill | Valparaiso, IN | September 13, 2011

I couldn't believe it when I saw the note in the Chicago Tribune stating that "due to fairness" Doonesbury was not going to be shown in this week's papers. I've had a subscription for over 20 years, and the main reason is for the comics. I sent them some nasty feedback and suggested that they'd be much better off censoring Charles Krauthammer in the editorial section. His treatment of the president in editorials is extremely disrespectful of the office, and yet they continue to print them.

THE LATEST EXAMPLE
Jack Cerf | Chatham, NJ | September 13, 2011

A patriot, it has been said, is someone who loves his own country for itself, as opposed to a nationalist, who believes that his country must be superior to all others. GBT has always been a patriot -- it just comes out differently in 2011 than it did 40 years ago, and the maturation of his feelings has been worked out through the life he's created for B.D. The 9/11/11 strip is just the latest example.

THIS ANNIVERSARY
Dan Bodah | New York, NY (via Saranac Lake) | September 13, 2011

Thanks for the 9/11 strip and BD's gentle wisdom. As someone who was at work three blocks south of the WTC on that Tuesday morning, this anniversary meant a lot to me. You captured perfectly my reaction to how the blaring official coverage machinery, full of people using my grief to advance their agendas, had no place in the day. I do feel, though, for those who had no direct experience of the day. I understand their need to try to reach out for the real through some mediated simulacrum of the event, and I wish them peace.

DISAPPOINTMENT
Philip Hummer | Chicago, IL | September 13, 2011

I returned to Chicago yesterday and opened my subscription copy of the Tribune today to find the Doonesbury cartoon missing. This is the only genuine satire I know of in our publication and it is shocking that the "Trib" would omit it. I am communicating my disappointment to the head of the editorial board.

THEIR REASONING
William S. Beisiegel, Jr. | Schaumburg, IL | September 13, 2011

I called the Trib yesterday to hear their reasoning for not running the strip. They said it was because they could not verify the veracity of the quotes, an issue because you did use quotation marks. I don't mind thoroughness, but this seems like they're holding you to a higher standard than they hold themselves on a regular basis, since this ain't exactly Watergate and they're not the Washington Post. Not that this isn't important, but do they really think that you or Mr. McGinniss have it wrong? In my mind, even if you or he does, it would be up to you to correct/clarify any error, even if they chose to accept the responsibility for publishing.

POLITICALLY RELEVANT
Billy | Mahomet, IL | September 13, 2011

Sarah Palin is less politically relevant than Tom Brady's passing statistics, yet trashing her for sport trumps any commentary on President Obama's failings. As a life-long fan and admirer of GBT's insightful chronicles, I feel deprived of his take on a progressive Presidential administration's struggle between aspiration and reality.

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
Michael Gorman | Chicago, IL | September 13, 2011

I wrote to the 'fair and balanced' Chicago Tribune to complain about them pulling Doonesbury this week. I received an anodyne response to which I replied: "Thank you for your response, unsatisfactory as it is. I have now read the second strip. It is obvious that the series is a satire of the way Fox News twists the 'news' in favor of the far right and contains nothing about your beloved Mrs. Palin that is not already common gossip. To repeat, thank you for your courteous response, I do not envy you your task of whitewashing political bias."

EVER
Victor Field | London, UK | September 13, 2011

Re HISTORY: The point B.D. was making is that people affected by 9/11 can't forget it. Ever.

ELIAS
Laura Welch | Port Townsend, WA | September 13, 2011

I believe we have Elias to thank that B.D. was able to reflect with real sorrow, rather than shoot up his garage, when faced with remembrance.

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.