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SWEET
Charlotee H. | Edinbugh, SCOTLAND | June 07, 2011

I loved yesterday's cartoon. Unexpectedly sweet resolution to all that insecurity!

LEO
Shannon | Halifax, CANADA | June 06, 2011

I never thought I'd see such a romantic character as Leo in a political strip. GBT, you old softie!

CLUELESS
Bobby | D'lberville, MS | June 06, 2011

Leo is in the right world. The rest of us are clueless.

HOW?
Bill Martin | New York, NY | June 06, 2011

How can you not love Toggle?

MORE
Ann | West Chester, PA | June 06, 2011

I am more in love with Leo every day.

ALEX
Jaybees | Waimea, HI | June 04, 2011

Thanks for the laugh of the week. Alex is beyond funny.

MOVE OVER
Paul Hawkins | Wooster, OH | June 04, 2011

Move over Dad-o-rama Popmeister. There appears to be a new "master of the emotional belly flop" !

DEATH OF A RELATIONSHIP
Fubar4fun | Tracy, CA | June 03, 2011

Here's the problem with this country; everyone imagines a guy talking to a woman better looking than his partner is the death of the relationship. Only in Hollywood does that happen. Everyone knows that a real man will always come home to his woman. Toggle is an Army veteran. Disabled, yet disciplined and devoted. Get it out of your head that this new chick will steal him away...

NICE JOB
Old Sarge | Ft. Meade, MD | June 03, 2011

Toggle, nice job scaring your girlfriend, even though it's mostly Alex that has the "I'm not worthy" problem. Someone knock her over with a pillow and bring her back to reality. I think Drew "knew all along" that Toggle was messing around (somewhat). Earth to Alex. Breathe, and look at the guy that adores you. That is all...

DRAMATIC TOUCH
Lisa | Paoli, PA | June 03, 2011

Nice dramatic touch with Drew's costume this week. What started as a simple t-shirt on Tuesday has become a slinky red dress by Wednesday. So out of Drew's character -- but so in tune with that alarming moment when your best friend doesn't realize it's time to dial down the star quality. I'm betting 99.9% of us readers are identifying with Alex right now.

FUN FACT
John | Ashland, OR | June 02, 2011

Fun Fact: "Leo" (pronounced leyoh) is the Hawaiian word for "voice." Aloha.

DEEP
Rex Forkner | Portland, OR | June 01, 2011

Leo is in deep, deep, doo-doo!

FORGOT
Dan | Lowell, Indiana | June 01, 2011

Looks like Leo forgot to stab himself with a pencil. He's in big trouble now.

SWEATER
Rock Quarry | Los Angeles, CA | June 01, 2011

I'll take a comfortable sweater like Alex over a lacy thong like Drew any day.

MAD EDGY
Jack Cerf | Chatham, NJ | June 01, 2011

Re "Mad edgy."  I guess Boomer men are the last generation for which military life was a familiar part of the general culture, because military service, or at least the dreaded prospect of military service, was a normal part of growing up. Nowadays it's just something bizzare and incomprehensible that happens by choice to people who are nothing like anyone we know. The evil genius of Richard Nixon has done its work.

HOPE
Stan Mott | Neuss, GERMANY | May 31, 2011

Let us hope that Alex, Leo and Drew do not end up as a threesome.

COMMITMENT
Grant H. | Wingdale, NY | May 31, 2011

Your commitment to soldiers is admirable. It'd be easy to live in the U.S. and not know Americans are dying in combat. It's worth mentioning that of the elephantine military spending, the vast amount goes to suppliers of non-combat services (e.g. Halliburton), aircraft, weapons and screws, while thousands of service personnel are so low-paid they qualify for food stamps, and the low level of medical care for vets is a scandal. The occasional stories of the "dumb old military" paying thousands for a toilet conceal the fact that this is no accident -- it's taxpayer money flowing out to profiteering corporations. Keep up the fine work.

SILLY
Jeff Ralson | Phoenix, AZ | May 31, 2011

Is there anything better than an Alex and Leo week in Doonesbury? Of course not, don't be silly.

REMEMBERING
J. Wheeler | Steubenville, OH | May 30, 2011

As one of the people who fought in our country's wars, it is nice to see folks out there remembering what Memorial Day is all bout. Thank you!

THE NAMES ON THE WALL
Brian Allison | Littleton, CO | May 29, 2011

Remember too that the names on the wall are less than half the story. Four of my classmates did not survive Vietnam. Two died there, and two died in single-person "accidents" soon after returning. The combat vets you know are true survivors.