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WHAT I HAVE FEARED
Benjamin Watson | Mansfield, CT | April 26, 2011

The past two strips have confirmed what I have feared. The only way left to tell Zonker and Zipper apart is by hair color.

SURFING IN BRITAIN
Kathleen DeWitt | Calgary, CANADA | April 26, 2011

Re: ISN'T OVER YET. Whilst I agree with the sentiment that Zonker must get in, this poster could not be more wrong about surfing in Britain. Think Cornwall.

ISN'T OVER YET
Steve | Wadsworth, OH | April 26, 2011

This isn't over yet. Zonker must get in! He's too important. The British as yet know nothing of surfing.

OLD FRIENDS
Brian | North Saanich, CANADA | April 25, 2011

I have enjoyed the Doonesbury strips since they were first published. At the end of a full life, the strip is my first read in the morning, followed by the obituary column. In both situations, I feel that I am looking for old friends. They are never read in the reverse order -- I might see my name and miss the cartoon.

DON'T
Karen K. | Asheville, NC | April 25, 2011

Please don't break Sam's heart -- I beg you!

THE DONALD
Deena | Sarasota, FL | April 25, 2011

When I was a child the Donald was drawn by an excellent cartoonist, had a funny tuft of hair and spoke like a quack. Some things never change.

HIGHLIGHTING
F.F.B. | Sunnyvale, CA | April 25, 2011

Thanks for Sunday's strip highlighting how our government and media are giving the Bahraini government a pass on the horrific human rights abuses they are engaged in -- the worst we have seen so far, apart from Libya. I marvel at how you can do so much in such little space, while making us laugh. May your strip help educate the public and put increased pressure on our government and media to do right by these peaceful people demanding legitimate rights. Thanks!

OVER HERE
Edana | SOUTH KOREA | April 25, 2011

You make life here a little brighter. Please take it as my utmost compliment that you, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Hillary and Obama keep me going over here.

PRESIDENT OBAMA
Lisa G. | Chicago, IL | April 24, 2011

This year's storylines have been brilliant. Thus it pains me to note a flaw in today's strip: President Obama is a Chicago White Sox fan, and no self-respecting White Sox fan is upset when the Cubs lose.

ALMOST
Lauren | San Jose, CA | April 23, 2011

Garry, I love you. You consistently hit the nail on the head. I laugh out loud almost every day.

WORRIED
John N. | Columbia, SC | April 22, 2011

Been worried about Ray lately. He deployed and we all sort of forgot about him. I know we get busy and we say we will Skype but things happen, you know? We deployed together in '03 and '09. I hope he is alright, dude doesn't talk much.

THE HAIR
Gary Bielefeld | Philpot, KY | April 22, 2011

I frequently recommend to friends that they read the strip. But, last Sunday I felt like Paul Revere. "The hair! The hair! Trudeau has nailed The Hair!" I even suggested they read online to get the first two throwaway panels. The Hair is your Starry Night.

THE LIPS
Winifred Dunham | Maumee, OH | April 22, 2011

OMG the lips. That hair. I spit out my oatmeal! Keep it coming. You are hands-down, the best cartoonist/caricaturist I have ever seen.

20 YEARS AGO TODAY
Carl Schilt | North Bonneville, WA | April 21, 2011

Since I have been told by a friend or two that Mr. Trudeau's affinity for soldiers is a Garry-Come-Lately thing (in spite of B.D. and Ray and Phred et al...) I have been awaiting the Lacey Davenport strip that appears in the 20-years-ago-today spot on Flashbacks. It's an all-time favorite. Pulitzer, Schmulitzer, where's the dang Nobel Committee when you need it? Good goin' man, and thanks.

REGARDING SARAH PALIN
Cynthia Daoust | Calgary, CANADA | April 21, 2011

Regarding Sarah Palin, that's huge reality star and half-term governor.

FOR DECADES
Amanda | Yachats, OR | April 21, 2011

I have been reading Doonesbury for decades, literally. I find the strip to be on top of what's going on in our world at any given time, presented in an offbeat, amusing way. You have given me more laughs than my first husband, and I appreciate it and you more than I can say. Thank you for your wonderful work!

THE QUESTION
Linda Weinberg | Anmore, CANADA | April 21, 2011

The question of whether anyone should take Donald Trump seriously was answered 35 years ago by Honey: "Even in Utopia, there's myopia." Also amnesia, evidently.

A STEP FURTHER
Jay Posey | Rocklin, CA | April 20, 2011

The birthers ought to take it a step further. Is there any real proof that Obama was ever born? I mean, he may have been delivered to Earth by galactic terrorists who see this presidency as the first step to subjugating the human race.

ALIEN
Tony Phillilps | Chicago, IL | April 20, 2011

Was the Donald himself actually born? How do we know he isn't some other form of creature -- an alien, not just from another country, but from some place in space?

HELPING US COPE
Judy | Buffalo, NY | April 19, 2011

You nailed The Donald -- gotta love the hair! Thanks for helping us cope, with laughter, at the crazy world we are in these days.