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PLANTS
Martin Rasmussen | Copenhagen, DENMARK | October 29, 2010

Thank you so much for the strip today! I have really missed seeing Zonker talking to his plants. it's been so many years...

WHEN YOU STARTED
Tola Marts | Issaquah, WA | October 29, 2010

Happy 40th anniversary, Mr. Trudeau! I was only one year old when you started, but I was into my dad's little Doonesbury paperbacks as soon as I was old enough to read. When Zonker learned there was no Santa Claus, I did too! Thank you for helping give me a sense of humor that has helped immeasurably with life's ups and downs.

IMMORTALIZED IN THE ANNALS OF ASTRONOMY
Lee Laiterman | Santa Cruz, CA | October 28, 2010

Thought you would appreciate that a Doonesbury character has become immortalized in the annals of astronomy. At UC Santa Cruz we are building an instrument for detecting extrasolar planets. We are aligning its optics now and have been dealing with an unwanted spot of light that primarily impacts the red end of the light spectrum. It is known here as "The Red Rascal."

AS SOON AS IT'S LEGAL
Richard | Olympia, WA | October 28, 2010

Zonker does realize that as soon as it's legal, lobbyists will try to kill small growers, in exchange for "football field sized domes" operated by, uhmm, well, tobacco companies? Small growers will still be illegal, since they wouldn't be able to afford the licensing and security overhead. We'll still have a number of small growers. The underground distribution channels are still in place. Everywhere.

STARS AND STRIPES
Tom Hendrixson | Wapakoneta, OH | October 28, 2010

I first read Doonesbury in, of all places, the Stars and Stripes newspaper while I was stationed in Germany in the early 70s. Words fail me to describe the enjoyment your work has brought me over the years. You are a national treasure. I'd wish you had run for President except that would have meant we wouldn't have had the strip for eight years. You've made the world a better place with your humor and social commentary. Thanks.

THOSE OF US IN EUROPELAND
Michel B. | London, ENGLAND | October 28, 2010

Sincere thanks also from those of us in Europeland, dazed and confused by US politics, for 40 years of handy pointers. Rumours that we don't laugh much here are exaggerated …

PART OF THE CHARM
R2Dad | San Francisco, CA | October 28, 2010

For long-time readers part of the charm of the 40 years is that your story lines can get a refresh whenever you feel up to it. For example, I would love to see more Phred again, Alice & Elmont, Honey, Mike's mother, Clyde & Ginny; and what about those funny kids in the sandbox at Walden daycare? GBT should spend some more time in Berkeley (like R.Reich) to soak up the Cali vibe.

A LOVELY CROP
Sue | Oaksterdam, CA | October 28, 2010

No, no, no! A lovely crop like Zonker's shouldn't be composted ! Okay, leaves and stems, fine. But even if he doesn't want to enjoy the results himself, there are plenty of medical marijuana clinics that would be very-very pleased to be able to distribute it to those who need it as medicine, and the city of Oakland could sure use the tax revenues!

RE "WRONG"
Maryhelen Posey | Calgary, CANADA | October 28, 2010

No, no, Dennis, Zonk's got a good chance. Though the detailed control over the product offered by indoor hydroponics has apparently given the world great (and predictable) variety and strength in marijuana, the costs are horrendous (assuming that the grower is actually paying for electricity rather than stealing it). In a suitable climate, there will probably always be room for the "natural grower" -- and this should become even more the case under legalization.

WAY AHEAD
Nancy Dalva | New York, NY | October 28, 2010

Doonesbury is the great episodic novel of our time. Not to mention a graphic novel in daily installments, way ahead of the trend. Most touching moment: Dick comes for Lacey...

EVERY STEP OF THE WAY
Tom French | Washington, D.C. | October 28, 2010

Forty years -- and I've been with you every step of the way. I even saw the Broadway musical! Doonesbury is a national treasure. Please run to fifty years.

HELPING ME GROW UP
Cindy | Phoenix, AZ | October 28, 2010

40 years ago I was a socially awkward pimply teen, who read everything she could get her hands on. I discovered Doonesbury in HS and became the woman I am today -- socially awkward, wrinkled, with a mean sense of humor and skewed world view. I thank you for helping me grow up!

WRONG
Dennis | Syracuse, NY | October 25, 2010

Zonker has it wrong. Growers now plant indoors to ensure quality control. Proper amount of light, water, plant food and temperature. Corporate growers are designing grow rooms the size of football fields. I can see Zonker's weed patch bulldozed for a McGrower.

TRUE CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICAN
O.J. | Sacramento, CA | October 25, 2010

As a true Conservative Republican I can’t thank you enough for Sunday’s strip! Dead spot on! I have been reading your strip for years, probably all 40, and while I may not always agree I always have been entertained. You have made me “think twice” more than once. It has been a pleasure and a wonderful trip! Thank you.

NPR
A.K. Dogman | Anchorage, AK | October 25, 2010

In Sunday's strip Mark Slackmeyer, who is employed by a National Public Radio (NPR) affiliated radio station, asked Boehner to name an expenditure he would cut out of the federal budget. I suggest that Boehner would have replied, "National Public Radio." Mark then would have yelled, ""No, no, no! Please, not that!"...

SPOT ON
Larry S. | Delaware, OH | October 25, 2010

The Sunday strip with Mark is spot on. Speaking of a culture of debt! Who remembers that the only budget cuts offered by a certain revered former president were ones he knew would never pass. Even though he frequently complained about the debt, it seems evident in hindsight that he wanted no solution -- it was too good an issue to give up by actually fixing it. I predict "deja vu all over again."

BOWDLERIZED
Hu Lindsay | Norwalk, CT | October 25, 2010

It's interesting that today's strip was bowdlerized in the Stamford (CT) Advocate to exclude the last two frames, thereby avoiding the word "marijuana,' and replacing those images with a stretched-out version of the second panel.

RUDE AWAKENING
Jesse Baker | Pound, VA | October 25, 2010

So, with this week's strip we get to see Zipper bask in his uncle's glow of having set up his own private pot field. As opposed to seeing B.D. and Alex give him holy hell over the way he treated Toggle? Or seeing Zipper getting kicked out of college because his mom can't foot the bill in this recession and/or because the professors and administration finally have had enough of his crap? Isn't it time Zipper got the rude awakening he deserves, as far as finding out how much everyone hates him and being forced to fend for himself?

NOTHING BIG
Tom Davis | Austin, TX | October 25, 2010

Nothing big to say -- just thank you, for your commitment, and for your wondrous sense of humor.

EVERY DAY
Ed Moeller | Portland, OR | October 25, 2010

Forty years. Two wives, 18 cars, two motorcycles, countless jobs and re-locations, and one GBT. Thanks for making me laugh and think every day.