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ALL THE BEST
Linda Weinberg | Anmore, CANADA | February 13, 2014

The daily Doonesbury has been my smile de jour since the beginning (well, not the Yale years) and I will miss it. But, I'll continue to read on Sundays and I wish Garry Trudeau all the best for whatever way he wants to use his wonderful brain. Thanks for all the years.

LAUGHS AND COMMENTARY
Dave | Philadelphia, PA | February 13, 2014

As a lifelong fan, I would much rather have daily Doonesbury strips than Alpha House episodes, but now that I've got that out of the way... Thank you, Garry, from the bottom of my heart, for a lifetime of laughs and thoughtful commentary. One could make a convincing case that the Doonesbury corpus is the Great American Novel. I will miss the dailies terribly, but life will go on -- at least I hope so. Go where your heart calls you, and may you be successful in all your endeavors. Thank you, for everything.

HAPPY FOR GBT
Donna C. | Lucerne, CA | February 12, 2014

I have been a fan of Doonesbury since it started, and while I will miss the daily strip I couldn't be more happy for GBT. How many of us get the chance to take our talents in a different direction at this stage in life? I am so glad Alpha House did well. It is hilarious, and I look forward to a new season of it.

You and the cartoon gang have been a part of my entire life. Thank you for all the days you turned tears into laughter, sometimes vice versa. I will remain faithful in looking forward to reading the Flashback dailies and the new Sunday toons -- and will salivate over the prospect of a new season of Alpha House.

HAD IT
Aad Bron | Davos, SWITZERLAND | February 12, 2014

I am sorry but I've had it. Flashbacks again! I read the strip since the beginning and needless to say I am a big fan. However it seems clear that Mr. Trudeau now has made it obvious that the strip is not his first priority anymore. Like a scorned lover I will turn my back on the strip and will not read it anymore. I can only hope that if enough people make a like statement, Mr. Trudeau will realize that his readers are maybe more important to him than he thinks.

HIATUS
Aliceathome | Oxford, UK | February 12, 2014

An open-ended hiatus?!? I feel bereaved.

HARDER
Mflam | Belmont, MA | February 12, 2014

I just read your news. Thanks for the great work to date. It's going to be a lot harder to peek at Alpha House while sitting at my desk at the start of the day...

BOOB TUBE
Brian Harvey | Berkeley, CA | February 12, 2014

Oh man, first we lost Life in Hell to the siren call of the boob tube, and now Doonesbury. TV has a lot to answer for.

DOONESBURY NEWS
David Stanford, Duty Officer | Doonesbury.com | February 11, 2014

Alpha House marches on! As does the Sunday strip. But the dailies will take a break, beginning -- well, technically, two days ago. Read the details, and an interview with GBT, in Michael Cavna's Washington Post column. Upside: during the open-ended hiatus the Flashbacks will go deep, way back into the strip's early-years archive, for a "Best of Doonesbury" journey.

PROPAGANDA
Phil | Portland, OR | February 11, 2014

A previous comment suggested that the new and stronger pot "leads often to aggression, paranoia and cannabis-induced psychosis." I didn't believe the reefer-madness propaganda when I saw the movie, and  I don't believe it now. Let's clear this up: Pot won't bring on a zombie apocalypse. It's more likely to bring a sunshine daydream with tangerine trees and marmalade skies. (Mmm, marmalade.)

STEAM
Tim M. | Leicester, U.K. | February 11, 2014

Wow, drugs in the strip cause people to work up a head of steam. I'm not sure Duke's foreign policy shenanigans get so much critical Blowback. They should.

A COUPLE HITS AND CHILL
Phil Parker | Beaverton, OR | February 11, 2014

Pot is stronger now than it was 30 years ago, and as a result people smoke less at a time. I don't see the marathon smoke-outs that I used to. It's now common to take a couple hits and chill. Back in the day a couple tokes wouldn't get you much, so we kept passing it till we got there. It's like replacing pints of beer with shots of liquor. People don't down six packs of vodka.

In high school we learned about the effects of different types of alcohol. Comparable info about pot wasn't offered. Legalization would result in more and better consumer education and, consequently, more responsible use. Since people now use less at a time, they put less smoke in their lungs than they used to, and people are opting to vaporize or consume edibles (practices that would increase with legalization). Also, most people don't toke all day the way cigarette smokers often do. There are health risks when smoking pot, but they are minimal when it is used in moderation, and there are ways to avoid the smoke altogether.

DAILY JOY
Phillip Virgo | Adelaide, SOUTH AUSTRALIA | February 11, 2014

Even this old conservative from Australia continues to get much daily joy from your work, Mr Trudeau. Thanks for the years of fun. For a moment on Sunday I thought Alex was driving a right hand car, and it made me feel at home...

HACKLES
Fiona | North Wales, UK | February 11, 2014

I don't know what gets my heckles up more -- ageism, or playing with your mobile whilst someone is talking to you. Show respect to get respect.

WAITING
Thomas Ehrenberg | Putney, VT | February 10, 2014

I sure hope Joanie can convince Elizabeth Warren to run for President. Millions of us out here are waiting for a candidate with her politics and integrity to get into the White House.

AN ASSISTANT
Sam Abrams | Rochester, NY | February 09, 2014

High-functioning users of pot and other psychedelics include billionaires Sir Richard Branson and Ted turner, Nobel Prize winners Kary Mullis and Francis Crick, and Louis Armstrong, who wrote in his autobiography: "It really puzzles me to see marijuana connected with narcotics . . . dope and all that crap. It's a thousand times better than whiskey -- it's an assistant -- a friend."

THE OLD DAYS
Brooksey | Nantwich, UK | February 09, 2014

I don't know the strength of the marijuana which Zonk and Zip are growing, but what's available in the UK these days is certainly very much stronger than what was available 20 years ago here. In the old days, marijuana induced all those benign qualities which Carl Sagan eulogised, but now it leads often to aggression, paranoia and cannabis-induced psychosis. I have seen an enormous difference in the behaviour of my grandsons' generation of weed-users, compared with that of my sons, 20 years ago, and my friends back in the late 1960s and early 70s.

POSTDOC
Matt | Indianapolis, IN | February 09, 2014

Love the strip, Garry, and I've been loving the storyline with Alex. But as a just newly non-postdoc myself, I have to cringe at the characterization of Alex's new job as having a "decent salary." A first year postdoc gets a salary of $39,200 and few guaranteed benefits. With a little overtime, it's likely she made more at Starbucks. Thanks for the fun!

ALEX AND TOGGLE
G.M. | Lovettsville, VA | February 09, 2014

Yaaaaaaaay, Alex and Toggle! Whoot! Whoot! Beyonce and a bad-ass grant, all in one sweet day. You go, kids! Whooohooo!

THE DEVIL MARIJUANA
Nancy Nuance | Lexington, SC | February 08, 2014

Despite living in a red state where the devil marijuana is sehr verboten I know many people who avail themselves of weed with varying degrees of frequency. Pot is not really my drug of choice as I am not much on smoking, but brownies can be nice. If South Carolina would just stop dragging its knuckles on anything progressive or in the best social interest it might create a nice source of revenue for the state, since Nicki Haley turns down federal money right and left when it comes with social policies she finds anathema. The climate here is great for pot cultivation, too. In my opinion, we need a Weed Party to come in and overthrow the Tea Party.

MYTHS AND LEGENDS
T.J. Martin | Denver, CO | February 08, 2014

Ah, myths and legends. The myth of the supposed 420 geniuses may be more delusion/illusion than myth -- perhaps especially Self Delusion. And the legends of past musicians lives... As one who has been surrounded by such myths in his given profession (professional musician, jazz specifically, "T.J. Martin" an online name), and having met those legends face to face, and seen the results of their "habits," allow me to say: "Poppycock!" 

I've been around it all my life, and seen the end results far too many times. Seen what it can and does lead to more often than not. And, simply stated, I know far too many casualties -- and way too few who survived intact a story that is in fact... fact. Add to the above that it is a simple medical fact that any smoke, of any kind, inhaled on a regular basis, can and does lead to cancer, from mouth to lungs. You're doggone right those of us with a critical and discerning mind are concerned.

The old way of doing things was admittedly a failure. But this "new" way may prove to be even worse. Have a look at the news from Northern California; environmental damage galore from growers, crime rampant and including organized crime, tourists being harassed , robbed and worse. All this reminds me of a face-to-face I had years ago with the Jazz Legend Miles Davis -- no stranger to the weed and other drugs himself -- who, upon hearing the Legend I was working for at the time had banned me from all drug use, and I do mean all, said: "That SOB just saved your ******* life, kid!"