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GUTS
Bernard | Washington, D.C. | March 06, 2011

It is touching to see Toggle determinedly pursuing his college education despite the brain damage, speech impediment, and only one eye. It would be easy for him to play the victim card, or just give up and enjoy a haze of prescription drugs. I see homeless vets every day with less damage than Toggle begging on the streets of Washington, DC. The kid has guts.

ALEX
S.Q. | Austin, TX | March 06, 2011

I'm loving today's snow day strip -- Toggle is a good influence on Alex.

SURVEY
John Narofsky | Aurora, IL | March 06, 2011

If we take a survey of Doonesbury at present -- young lovers we all cheer for through scenarios that smack of the absurdity of everyday life, young doofuses dropping head-first into a civil war, the hard voice of experience working again and again to bring his buddies home from the battlefield, and (a guilty pleasure of mine) Duke and Son living it up all wrong -- I think we're looking at a high watermark for the strip. A whole lot's going on, and it's all fantastic. Keep up the good work, good Sir.

JUGGLED
Sandra | Baltimore, MD | March 06, 2011

Good for Toggle, to educate others on the real value of an education. Like many, many others I juggled my other adult responsibilities to be able to attend classes, and I did not like weather forced cancellations. That would disrupt my schedules. Good going, Toggle!

CLASS TIME
Kenneth C. Milton | Punta Gorda, FL | March 06, 2011

Today's strip about college class time being precious was superlative. Thank you.

HURT LOCKER
Thomasina | ALABAMA | March 05, 2011

So Ray's in the Hurt Locker. I hope B.D. eventually takes him over to the Vet Center to meet Elias.

RAY
Treva Obbard | CALIFORNIA | March 05, 2011

Oh Ray, get thee to a Vet Center! It's so nice to see B.D. being there for him though. First Mel, now Ray -- he's really developing, sans helmet and leg.

BEING THERE
Michael | Syracuse, NY | March 04, 2011

It is great to see B.D. being there for Ray. GBT has succeeded here the way Norman Lear and Carroll O'Connor succeeded with Archie Bunker -- and beyond. I'm totally progressive, but I love B.D.

SERIES ON RAY
Max | Houston, TX | March 03, 2011

Love the series on Ray and his "addiction." Trust GBT to deal with a real issue that we all try to ignore. These warriors go and put themselves in a high-stress violent situation year after year and we're surprised that they can't just plug right back in to civilian life? We owe them big time, including help on this.

FIVE TOURS
Dennis R. | Oakland, CA | March 02, 2011

It seems Ray's five tours of duty have taken their emotional toll on him and he's not adapting well to being back. He needs some readjustment help, as with so many real soldiers who have seen too much conflict and spent too many tense moments feeling targeted.

A GUY
Adam | San Dimas, CA | March 02, 2011

A guy going back for his sixth tour attacks a guy who squinted at him. This isn't going to be fun.

THE SANDBOX
Peg | Calgary, CANADA | March 02, 2011

I've read every single posting to The Sandbox since its inception in October 2006 (thanks for this invaluable education!) and that is the only reason I understand B.D.'s willingness to leave Boopsie in the middle of ...the night, just to grab a beer with Ray. There's nothing like Doonesbury to give you a perspective on other lives.

WORRIED FOR RAY
Anne | Belfast, N. IRELAND | March 02, 2011

I'm worried for Ray. My first thought wasn't that the other guy must have deserved it, I thought it was time to get Ray some help because he's been on too many tours. Thank goodness B.D. is there for him. Watching B.D. get Ray to see he has a mental health problem that cannot be ignored would resonate with so many families...

HILARIOUS
Maerzie | Florence, WI | March 01, 2011

Today's strip is hilarious. That is so like the compartmentalized brain of a guy. Thanks!

HUBRIS?
Nick Tonkin | Santa Barbara, CA | February 28, 2011

Saved by his own hubris? A guy as cool, calm and collected as Ray would only lose it in a bar because of one thing -- a brash, mouthy contractor-type, someone whose braggadocio would extend to putting down regular grunts like Ray's brothers-in-arms. Someone just like Jeff!! Perhaps this is how the Red Rascal will be saved from a fate worse than death in Berzerkistan.

DRUM
Allie | Gettysburg, PA | February 28, 2011

I grew up next to Fort Drum, back when it was Camp Drum, and remember well when the Tenth Mountain Division was permanently stationed there. My favorite conversation with the guys went like this: Me: "Where are you from?" Him: "Texas." (or South Carolina, or Missouri...) Me: "So how do you like the snow?" (This in November) Him: "I love it!" Me, smiling: "We'll talk again in March." That region averages ten feet of snow a year. I'll also note that the locals love the folks from Drum. It's a good fit. And I wish Ray luck getting up there this time of year. The snow belt is an evil stretch between Watertown and Syracuse, and you couldn't pay me to fly there in the winter.

NOT-SO-SUBLIMINAL
Tartan | West Tisbury, MA | February 27, 2011

Thank you for pointing out the not-so-subliminal self-promotion of network news in general, and NBC in particular. I took a stop watch and a DVR and calculated the actual information time in a typical Nightly News broadcast. Out of 21 minutes of programming, 10 conveyed actual, new information.

CLICHE ADDICTION
Geoff Brown | Denver, CO | February 27, 2011

Bless you for doing a number on Brian Williams' cliche addiction. Doesn't the Betty Ford Clinic have a wing for that sort of thing? I came close to emailing him in December to suggest a New Year's resolution to abstain from "our very own" for a year.

THE POINT
Phil | Tampa, FL | February 27, 2011

Today's cartoon about anchor syrupiness was the most courageous one yet. If you ask visiting Europeans about our newscasts, they say, "Strange, they hardly seem to want to get to the point." We are embarrassing ourselves internationally.

BOTHERED
Geo Still | Philadelphia, PA | February 27, 2011

Today's strip was so great. You had NBC perfectly. I've never found anyone else who was bothered by their style, till now.