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OUR LOVED ONES
Adele | Corvalis, OR | May 29, 2011

B.D. is right. To military families it seems as if no one remembers that our loved ones are facing things most of us can hardly imagine. The dangers they face are physical, but they are also far more profound. War can turn you into a walking dead person. I am the mother of a disabled veteran of OIF. I think I speak for thousands of us when I thank you for keeping us in your heart and in the minds of the nation.

REMEMBER
Allison Engle | Gettysburg, PA | May 29, 2011

Thank you for reminding us to remember. It saddens me to think that 97% of us are safeguarded by the three percent willing to give up to and including the last full measure, and the families that love and pray for them. There is no greater love than that which the vets put forth on our behalf, and we barely realize that we barely deserve it.

COMMENTARY
Greg Rice | Altamonte Springs, FL | May 28, 2011

Thanks for all your dedicated commentary. Loved it during the Viet Nam era, hated it during the 80s and 90s, starting to like it again, now. The times, they are a-changing.

THINKING
Richard | Duluth, MN | May 27, 2011

I've been thinking about last week's Rapture series. I hope Zonker got to keep the Mercedes...

FLASHBACK
Nigel | Leeds, UK | May 25, 2011

I wonder if it is a Flashback week because GBT is one of the godly and was raptured last Saturday.

RE EDITOR'S NOTE ON 'TRUMP' POST
Ward Horack | London, ENGLAND | May 23, 2011

GBT may "guess a lot" but I recall the attempted assassination of the Butcher of Berzkistan which appeared the day Bin Laden was shot. And the Obama election strip ("He's half white you know.") which appeared on the day Obama won the election. Pretty good guessing, I would say. (We are currently enjoying his trip to his ancestral home -- Ireland!)

HIGH WIT
Larry S. | Delaware, OH | May 23, 2011

Usually I look to Doonesbury for high wit more than laugh-out-loud funny, but Sunday's strip was definitely an all-out coffee spraying moment of hilarity.

ADVICE
David Ferrier | Edmonton, CANADA | May 22, 2011

Today's strip brought to mind this advice from Scott Adams: "Eliminate the assholes. Nothing can drain the life-force out of your employees as a few sadistic assholes who seem to exist for the sole purpose of making life hard for others."

THE AHOLE RULE
Bob Sutton | Stanford University, CA | May 22, 2011

I am the author of The Ahole Rule, which Garry wrote about today. I almost fell of my chair when I saw the piece. I especially appreciate that it provides a great summary of the main ideas in the book. Also, as bonus, Trump once sued my publisher over a piece claiming that The Donald was claiming to be far richer than he was. Trump lost the suit. Thanks, Garry, for making my day.

HASN'T NOTICED
Nan Gee | Los Angeles, CA | May 22, 2011

The definition of "an obnoxious, narcissistic bully, someone who hogs all credit and ducks all blame" is Barack Hussein Obama. I just don't understand why, after watching his performance for the past two years, GBT hasn't noticed that.

TRUMP
Thad Baggins | Short Pump, VA | May 22, 2011

Way to be topical with the Trump candidacy! I look forward to a Pat Paulsen story arc. What was it like being in charge of Canada?

Editor's Note:

Trump had said repeatedly that he would announce his decision on "Celebrity Apprentice" on May 22, and like an idiot, GBT belleved him. Because of his long lead time, Trudeau guesses a lot, and not surprisingly, things can go awry.

GETS BETTER
P.G. O'Brien | Warrent, VT | May 21, 2011

It just gets better. I loved that Zonker knew the scripture, and now it's Linus he's quoting. (I'm convinced Linus would have appreciated Doonesbury, too. He was a principled but quite pragmatic little boy, and one of my favorite characters, even though he was capable of believing in magical beings -- the Great Pumpkin, anyone?). Not so unlike Zonker, actually.

HOLY FOOL
Maggie | Bisbee, ARIZONA | May 21, 2011

In having Zonk conjure up the spirit of Linus, Trudeau gives us the archetype of the "holy fool," the wise, simple soul who walks very close to the heart of the Divine. On days like this, I find this cartoon to be almost unnervingly profound. Thanks!

LINUS
Ron Shirtz | New York, NY | May 21, 2011

I love the Linus reference. You made Schulz's day in heaven, I'm sure.

END OF THE WORLD
Charlie | Fort Worth, TX | May 20, 2011

The end of world is on May 21st? The good news: no more horrible losing seasons for the Mets!! The bad new: I won't get to see Rose and the Bulls beat the Heat and get to the NBA finals.

LOST
Benjamin Watson | Mansfield, CT | May 20, 2011

I am afraid that Zonker may have just lost his Mercedes.

OSAMA'S OBITUARY
Big Don 1 | Las Vegas, NV | May 20, 2011

The current Straw Poll leads me to paraphrase Mark Twain: "I would never wish death on any man, but I read Osama's obituary with great pleasure."

SCRIPTURE
Jessica | Albuquerque, NM | May 20, 2011

I was very happy to see that you had the courage to have Zonker counter his neighbor's ranting with scripture (Matthew 24:36) that clearly states that no one knows the day. Thank you!

JUST IN CASE
Raz | New York, NY | May 20, 2011

Just in case, can you please print this Sunday's Doonesbury before midnight Friday? I always look forward to my once-weekly extended version of Doonesbury.

NON-JUDGMENTAL DAY
M.W. | Baltimore, MD | May 20, 2011

I like that you had Zonker talking to his neighbor about World Judgment Day, which Brother Camping claims will take place on Saturday. I know someone who has proclaimed Sunday, May 22, 2012 to be Non-Judgmental Day.