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Stan Allard | Middleburg, FL | February 24, 2012

As a 50-something Army retiree I identify with Leo in many ways, so I’ve been reading this week's strips as intently as anyone else. In addition, for some reason I’m also paying attention to the Blowback. I believe marriage is nothing more than a civil contract between two individuals regardless of their gender or sexuality. However, I do appreciate what is important about marriage or any relationship; honor, love and faith in another person to always do what’s right even under the most trying circumstances. So I find it disheartening to read some of the Blowback posts. One reader can’t understand why Leo must “ask for Alex’s hand in marriage." Well, I can answer that. It's called honor. He is honoring a long-held tradition that is obviously important to him. Another reader laments about Leo’s mom, stating “Alex should have run the first time she met her." It’s called faith. Based on their relationship. Leo has given Alex the faith to believe she will always come first in their marriage. It’s obvious Leo and Alex love each other in a traditional and nontraditional way and it works very well for them. They will do just fine without our help or meddling.

T.G. | Greenfield, MA | February 24, 2012

I wonder what or who can save Alex from her lack of self-confidence. The redhead?

Babette d'Yveine | Fairfield, CT | February 24, 2012

I wonder if I'm the only one that has doubts about Alex marrying Leo. Think of the mother-in-law she'll be getting! I'll never understand why Alex didn't run the first she met her.

Allie | Gettysburg, PA | February 23, 2012

Watching Joannie and Alex is making me homesick for the North Country. Where I grew up, upon turning 16, we'd be handed the keys and told to go spin donuts in the parking lot so that when we spin out, we'd know what to do! (And yes, we did.)

Pat Goudey O'Brien | Warren, VT | February 23, 2012

Hey, Trudeau! Knock it off! You're scaring me. I have to wait until tomorrow to see if Joanie will let Alex know that trying to melt the snow is a great way to suffocate to death? Oy. Will one of these nice ladies please use a cell phone and call for help? I hope I can sleep tonight. (How can I be so emotionally invested in a cartoon character? I need to get a life...)

Kathleen | Brooklyn, NY | February 22, 2012

Thank god! Praise whatever! Hallelujah! Alex and Leo are on solid "probably-maybe-sure-why-not" footing. I'm not concerned that Alex is too self-absorbed in using her phone for romance; she has supreme faith that technology will never allow them to be lost, and I can't say I disagree with her. I'd most likely be the same way, and I'm the major problem solver in my family. It will only take a few minutes to call for help, but it feels eternally satisfying to lay out a plan for the rest of your life. Also, even though many people fault her whammo! pow! way of making decisions, studies show that this way of thinking is no less valid or successful than agonizing over the big choices.

Ellen | Atlanta, GA | February 22, 2012

I don't understand why Leo feels he has to ask Alex for her hand in marriage and why Alex is okay with this. Leo should just say yes if this is what he wants.

Betsy Vane | McGaheysville, VA | February 22, 2012

Oh, I can't believe what a fast one you pulled! I was really afraid for Alex. What a relief...There is an inconsistency here though. The Joanie I've known and loved all these years would have said "Sweetie, there's lots of privacy out in the storm."

A.C. | Baltimore, MD | February 22, 2012

It strikes me as unlikely that Alex would ask her gram for privacy. I'll never forget the woman ahead of me in a checkout line on her cell phone telling her boyfriend what color and type of underwear she was wearing, among other things.

Dee Martin | Chicago, IL | February 22, 2012

I think Alex is bipolar, like my daughter. They remind me of each other -- very loveable but out of touch. I hope GBT doesn't take Leo away from her!

Burgundy | Naperville, IL | February 21, 2012

I'm afraid we will never see Joanie again.

Paul Hawkins | Wooster, OH | February 21, 2012

Alrighty then, someone nudge Zipper and let him know what's going on with Alex. Unless of course, he's been following online using his Doonesbury iphone app. in which case, he ought be showing up any moment to save the day. Talk about surreal. Is this performance art?!

Jason | Baton Rouge, LA | February 21, 2012

Though I couldn't disagree more with Alex's (and GBT's) politics, I love her to death. Grab what you want, Lex, don't let anyone hold you back. Here's to Leo bringing her a bit more to the real world!

Gina | Washington, D.C. | February 21, 2012

Well, great. Now I'm holding my breath as this whole Alex-Toggle thing plays out. I swear to goodness if Joanie catches cold (or worse) to give her GranD "privacy" I will have to agree that Alex is just too self-involved. Augh!

P.S. Thanks for the as-always delightful diversion into this marvelous parallel reality. Kudos, Trudeau, kudos!

Peg Robinson | Providence, RI | February 21, 2012

Oh, dear. I do hope Toggle's biding for time, not actually ditching Alex. I'm one of the folks who loves them as a couple.

Bart Simms | Pittsburgh, PA | February 21, 2012

To gain privacy to talk on her cell, Alex could get out of the car instead of Joanie. Joanie ought to stand up for herself. What a self-absorbed, selfish granddaughter!

Tony Phillips | Chicago, IL | February 21, 2012

Uh ....shouldn't we be using the phone, while it has battery, to call 911 or AAA? While Alex may have intellect, she has the sense, the EQ, of a gerbil. A good soul, but nonetheless way too self-involved yet for marriage. That redhead, while she must lend her voice to the beast for her survival, appears to be in possession of herself, and is thus a more likely partner for our boy. Besides, she would add interesting new sauce to the mix.

Onlyme | Columbus, OH | February 21, 2012

Really?! Really, Alex?? If you're not just a little more aware of the circumstances you are dealing with, you're going to be the subject of an SNL news takedown. Always, always take care of your grandmother. Everyone knows that...

Cassandra Coburn | London, UK | February 21, 2012

Being a year older than Alex and also a girl geek I feel her pain. Us Gen-whatevers do like to have things under control. I hope this doesn't lead to her heart being broken. Or having Joanie's heart broken to see that feminism might have come but girls will be girls!

Harm Prins | Huizen, NETHERLANDS | February 21, 2012

This is really developing into a 'Who killed JR'-like suspense-filled storyline. I always rush to the mailbox for the new installment, then remember I already read it on the Internet.