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Please feel free to contribute to this frequently-updated forum, which posts selected commentary on our favorite comic strip. If you’d like your critique to be posted, please note that civility, if not approbation, counts. Click here to submit a comment.

SINCE IT FIRST APPEARED
Kathy Koons | Oviedo, FL | December 05, 2010

I was glad I could read today's strip on the site: The Orlando Sentinel didn't print the first two panels, and they are terrific. I also want to thank you for and congratulate you on 40 terrific years. I've been reading the strip since it first appeared in the newspaper, own all the books (including the new Retrospective) and even remember the musical on Broadway. I am a most grateful and avid fan!

DUMB MOVE
Martin Snapp | Berkeley, CA | December 05, 2010

I wonder if President Roth has considered that for every good prospect who will be reassured by his dumb move, there are ten who will be turned off. I happen to know one: She gets straight A's, is captain of her soccer team, a talented musician and an all-around great kid. And she's decided not to apply to Wesleyan because of this. Nice going, Mr. Roth!

WOW
J.M. | Washington, D.C. | December 05, 2010

Wow. Your Doonesbury funny in today's paper was eerily like Joseph David Osman's new book on Afghanistan; Surrender to Kindness: One Man's Epic Journey for Love and Peace.

TIPPED OVER
Ethan | Brooklyn, NY | December 05, 2010

I love Doonesbury, but today's episode of the adventures of the "Red Rascal" definitely tipped over into racism. You should read Orientalism, by Edward Said.

RUMOR
Sua | Middletown, CT | December 05, 2010

There's a rumor afoot that President Roth is actually Matt Frewer. (What would Matt do?)

TWO DUCKS
Wooly | Peoria, IL | December 05, 2010

"Give him two ducks and marry his sister?" Oh, you magic man, you.

RIDICULOUS MOVEMENT
G. | Washington, D.C. | December 04, 2010

Thank you for taking on the ridiculous movement on President Roth's part to bring Wes into the mainstream. I just graduated and was there to see the transition under Roth. I was not pleased, to say the least. Hopefully he will take notice of this and other efforts to preserve Wesleyan's unique character and atmosphere of understanding. GO WES!

WASN'T SO CLEVER TO INSULT THE ALUMNA
Stephanie Gold | Boonville, CA | December 04, 2010

One more voice of gratitude from yet another middle aged Wes alum: I'm delighted to see the support your strip has set in motion. Roth's decision is so ludicrous. Maybe it wasn't so clever to insult the alumna who harbor fond memories of Duke and Zonker days, when we're the same folks he reaches out to annually for our Wes gifts. No more contributions till Zonker and Duke days are restored!

HIDING ITS FUZZY UNDERBELLY
Tony Phillips | Chicago, IL | December 04, 2010

Weslayan's traditional rival just up the road is Trinity College, a more prim institution rather more effective at hiding its fuzzy underbelly. While it is fine to whoop Wes at football and sprout our surfeit of investment bankers, some of us from Trinity have regarded Weslayan as a place where the poetic, humane sensibility has been more tenderly cultivated. Sad that their prez should feel so embarrassed by some bit of Zonker flavor to this, and glad that GBT should rub it in.

THROWING YOUR HAT
Sara Manela | Eugene, OR | December 04, 2010

This week's strip has been the best Hanukkah present a Wes alum could ask for. Thanks for throwing your hat into the ring on this attempt to control a unique student culture!

REALITY CHECK
M. Nathan | Madison, WI | December 04, 2010

As a reality check to the controversy at Wesleyan I'd like to mention that for decades the University of Colorado at Boulder (a bastion of vegetarianism) celebrated "Alfred Packer Day" in commemoration of the infamous cannibal who allegedly ate members of the party of prospectors he was hired by. Though the holiday ended, there is still a campus grill in his honor. Eat that, President Roth!

APPALLED
Michael McClure | Ukiah, CA | December 04, 2010

I have Long been a Doonsbury fan; the first thing I do in the morning is dial up the strip. A couple of years ago I had to spend a couple off weeks in the VA hospital in Walla Walla, WA. After a few days there I went looking for the library to access a computer and ketch up on back strips. After getting permission to use the computer, to my dismay I discovered that they were editing the Doonesbury strip and not allowing the patients to access it. I was really appalled.

HOOKED
Duke's Illegitimate Son, IV | Lawrence, KS | December 04, 2010

I am 40 years old and I remember first finding Doonesbury in a library when I was 12 years old. I have been hooked ever since. Thank you!

THIS ROTH GUY
Tammi J. | Lexington, KY | December 04, 2010

I have been reading Doonesbury since my early college days in 1976. At present, it is the only one I endeavor to read every day, and you are bookmarked in my favorites. I have visited Wesleyan's campus, having been involved on a brief basis with them years ago, so I am somewhat familiar. The current series is awesome, and I hope this Roth guy comes to his senses. Of all the horrific things in this world to be concerned about, he's afraid of a way the students and faculty blow off steam and have fun. Geez Louise, get over it! Rock on, Trudeau!

MEMORIES
Stafford Smith | Grand Rapids, MI | December 03, 2010

Some of my best memories at Wesleyan are from Zonker Harris Day back in the 80s. Thanks for hilarious strip. I hope it strikes the appropriate nerves.

RIDING TO THE RESCUE
Julie Shapiro | Seattle, WA | December 03, 2010

I'm yet another proud Wesleyan alum delighted to see you riding to the rescue of the sorts of traditions that make Wesleyan so special. Thanks for lending you talents. And the 40 year book is terrific.

THANKS FOR THE SUPPORT
Stephen Morison | Amman, Jordan | December 03, 2010

Thanks for the support of Zonker Harris Day and Uncle Duke Day. Wesleyan, a place that makes more teachers and aid workers than investment analysts, has always been more important than its reputation or ranking.

SUNSHINE
Kat | Baltimore, MD | December 03, 2010

As a freshly minted Wes alum, this strip brings sunshine to my heart! Despite the administration-forced name change, students still call the holidays by their rightful names. Zonker lives on!

PRESIDENT ROTH
David Block | Brooklyn, NY | December 03, 2010

President Roth was actually a Senior when I was a Freshman at Wesleyan and we inaugurated Zonker Harris Day back in the spring of 1978. I don't remember him complaining about it then. I wrote you to invite you to come to campus to celebrate with us. For weeks I waited for a reply. The joke in my dorm was that I was "Waiting for Trudeau." Finally, a handwritten letter arrived on fancy Doonesbury stationary: "Sorry I can't make it to your Zonker Day. Both Z and I are flattered by your choice of theme." Sorry you couldn't join us then. Thanks for the note, and thanks for taking this on.

VERY FINE YEARS
Christopher Lane | Eden Prairie, MN | December 03, 2010

I want to congratulate you on 40 very fine years.  I have an autographed print of the first Sunday strip after you returned during the Reagan Years. We met c. 1992 at the Great Doonesbury Sell-Out in the Bay Area. I still have the Club Scud ashtray (a bit worn I am afraid to say). Here's to 40 more!