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Randy Manar | Highland, MI | March 12, 2012

I for one grew up looking at the comic pages of the newspaper as an escape from reality where you could get a smile, a good laugh, or a fictional story. Now, especially with your comic strip, I have to decide in the first panel or two if I'm even going to finish it. Look, I understand that there are a lot of issues out there that need to be addressed, but do we have to do abortion? I can get that in the rest of the newspaper. I don't need it in my comics which, if you remember, are supposed to bring a smile or a laugh. I think you lost what it is to be a "comic" writer.

Melinda McNutt | Dallas, TX | March 12, 2012

I see that you have tackled the government invasion into the private lives of women in the state of Texas. Kudos to you. I do not think that most people realize what an intrusive procedure the sonogram requirement is since the words "intravaginal" are not used in the TX legislation. It was only with the VA attempt that I became aware that this method will be required to meet the TX requirements.

I find it maddening that the party that wants to reduce government intervention into our lives is promoting this. Voices like yours are needed to highlight the absurdity of our elected officials' decisions. I find that the response from Governor Perry's office ("This is not funny. There is nothing comic about this tasteless interpretation...") to reflect the inability of the culture on the right to appreciate satire. I do not read Doonesbury to get my chuckles in the morning but to enlighten me to the absurdities in our midst. You and other satirical writers are desperately needed. I look forward to reading the strip all week and hope that it generates a lot of conversation here in Dallas. Continue on.

Maurice Healy | Novato, CA | March 12, 2012

Sonograms are an aid to the full understanding of women and others regarding the development of the fetus. Liberals should be in favor of giving consumers more information about critical choices, rather than being Luddites in this technology. The Doonesbury comic strips on the Texas sonogram requirement are a typical stick-your-head-in-the-sand reaction. I have not followed the strip for years because of Garry Trudeau's consistently immature and undeveloped sense of what is the right thing to do.

Billy Purcell | Oregon City, OR | March 12, 2012

Your "cartoon" is disgusting and way out of line. You should switch to commentary and get out of the "cartoon" business. Go to church.

Craig Cyr | Langley, WA | March 12, 2012

I sense that this woman seeking an abortion is there because she is a victim of a sexual crime with tragic consequences. I hope she gets the treatment she deserves and not the condemnation that Texas politicians legally mandate. Perhaps she should move north, or east, or west?

Heidi | FLORIDA | March 12, 2012

"Shaming room" indicates there is something wrong with abortion -- something to feel bad about. You obviously don't feel that way. What's the problem then, unless you believe that showing a woman what is inside her will cause her to change her mind? What's wrong with educated decisions? Today's cartoon should end: "Written by a middle-aged male political activist."

Victoria Collins-Becker | Austin, TX | March 12, 2012

There are times I wish that Texas would secede from the USA so that I would be sufficiently motivated to move to somewhere less fascist (or at least less crazy). First, TX fails to fund Planned Parenthood, the source of affordable birth control. Next, TX insists on this crazy intra-vaginal sonogram procedure, which is rape by foreign object. Can The Handmaid's Tale be far behind?

Carsten Wordell | Milwaukee, WI | March 12, 2012

Ah, the scarlet letter! Nice touch...

Steven McKim | Tucson, AZ | March 12, 2012

Sorry to see you are backing the bad guys in this abortion debate. But then I am not too surprised. I knew something was wrong with your strip when I was in high school. By the way, trashing the culture is what is happening on the left.

Debbie Landa | Dallas, TX | March 12, 2012

I am thrilled that you are exposing the new sonogram legislation re: abortions in Texas. I am a 71 year old woman who had to have the intra-vaginal sonogram for health reasons, but to have it mandated by the state government is totally wrong. It goes against a woman's civil rights and is trully invasive. I am so glad that you are addressing it as I have not seen enough outrage about this horrible law in Texas.

Pat | Jarrettsville, MD | March 10, 2012

Rick's son is a loser. He's just a loser with money now.

Medicvet | Okmulgee, OK | March 10, 2012

"I have people for that." Famous last words! Unless my favorite red rascal hooks up with a smart cookie of an agent and learns from her, he's going to end up saying bye-bye in a hurry to his newfound wealth.

Riley | ILLINOIS | March 09, 2012

Wow, Rick is finally going to have to face the truth: his son isn't a loser!

Harm Prins | Huizen, NETHERLANDS | March 09, 2012

Joanie's support for Elizabeth Warren is gaining momentum. How about that for mixing reality and fiction!

Carolyn | Spring Branch, TX | March 09, 2012

Jeff the jerk (who hasn't the brains or the self-discipline to write a book) undeservedly becomes a millionaire, and formerly endearing Alex throws her grandmother out into a snowstorm. For the first time in 40 years I don't look forward to reading Doonesbury any more.

Ray Laing | San Geronimo, CA | March 09, 2012

I can't decide which is the more riveting slow-motion train wreck-- Jeff's newfound and presumably evanescent wealth or the Republican presidential primary. An embarrassment of riches!

Nancy Member | Winchester Bay, OR | March 09, 2012

I'm looking forward to seeing how this plays out. It's always interesting to observe the dynamics when a family member becomes a millionaire and the rest live average lives, especially in terms of the stress it puts on the relationships. How would anyone handle it if a close relative suddenly hit "the big time"?

Sean | Omaha, NE | March 09, 2012

Obviously, in a perfect world, Toggle would be enjoying this type of fortune that's fallen on Jeff. And as a fellow struggling journalist, I can only imagine how Jeff's dad's emotions are stewing: I follow the rules, worked hard to become a credible journalist - I get laid off. My son writes fan-fiction and now has a mansion.

C.M.H. | Columbus, OH | March 08, 2012

The inevitable has finally happened: The Red Rascal meets Downton Abbey.

Jack Cerf | New York, NY | March 07, 2012

Who among us thought that Jeff's delusions would turn him into a bestselling pop fiction author? I look forward to the Red Rascal movie.