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HOPES AND DREAMS
Rich Hart | Luton, ENGLAND | April 01, 2018

Looks like Mark may have developed PTSD. As someone with significant levels of post combat stress I know that anyone who has been through any form of emotional trauma can be so affected. As far as the human brain is concerned, seeing your hopes and dreams for a better world crushed is the same as losing a friend in a firefight. The experiences are different but the mechanism is the same. People respond to PTSD in different ways. Some withdraw from society, and others, like Mark, withdraw in other ways. Once a decision is made people like to feel vindicated, so look for "proof" that they did the right thing; hence Mark's smugness that he has "learned" and "grown," when he has done the very opposite. So where did Mark go? Like almost everyone, he went through the demolition derby of life, picked up some knocks, and was forced to quit for the sake of his sanity.

MELISSA
shellEy | Billerica, MA | March 29, 2018

For those who want to vote for Melissa, there are lots of women veterans running for Congress -- MJ Hegar in Texas, for one!

MELISSA
Julia Byrne | Silver Spring, MD | March 26, 2018

I'm so excited to see Melissa running for office! She's long been one of my favorite characters. Her storyline about command rape was one of the first I saw really address the problem head-on. She will be an amazing representative. I wish I could vote for her.

THE RIDE
Mike | Bayonne, NJ | March 21, 2018

Doonesbury came a long way over the years and brought us along for the ride. I remember when Andy informed a disappointed Joanie that he was gay and she asked, "Are they sure?"

ROLAND'S TWEETS
Linda Weinberg | Anmore, CANADA | March 19, 2018

"And yet, there's no collusion." Roland's tweets are almost as good as having the daily strip back. Thank you, GBT, for staying the course and keeping us alive to the humour in the insanity always around us.

GREAT TRIP
Jo-Ann Neuhaus | Washington, D.C. | March 18, 2018

I just want to thank you for the Timeline ("An Illustrated Chronology of Impact"). I am recuperating from foot surgery, which gave me a bit of time to relax and read. What a great trip down memory lane. Let's hope we can keep democracy alive.

POOR PANAMANIANS
Steve Travers | Moorhead, MN | March 17, 2018

Poor Panamanians suffered the most from the invasion. I'm glad to see their perspective was covered.

UNCLE DUKE
Gaylon Kent | Hayden, CO | March 14, 2018

Uncle Duke's "Yeah, but I don't" line still makes me laugh.

NINA
Brian Harvey | Berkeley, CA | March 12, 2018

I love the shoutout to Al Hirschfeld in Sunday's strip! In panel three, on the left side, there's a partial view of a podium with a seal with writing around its outside, and if you zoom in you can see that it says "NINA."

BUSBOY
Rick Vogel | Port Charlotte, FL | March 11, 2018

"Train a good busboy..." Ouch! Best Sunday Doonesbury yet.

TROLLING
Ronald | North Little Rock, AR | March 11, 2018

"He's 40 years old and he spends his entire day trolling." Nice work if you can get it.

IRAQ
Joshua Rey | London, UK | March 10, 2018

I can't help thinking that yesterday's fifteen-years-ago Flashback strip was just slightly irresponsible. The ground invasion of Iraq started 11 days later, if memory serves, and I've always wondered whether GWB wasn't shamed into it by GBT.

MEL
Jack | Perth, AUSTRALIA | March 08, 2018

How perfect were the details in Sunday's strip. Mel, after all she has been through with the military, still wears ARMY on her sweater. Harassed, hurt and damaged -- but unable to let go...

SOUNDS GOOD
Melinda W. Capozza | Huntington, IN | March 05, 2018

Aerosmith for Andy's funeral sounds good to me. I've told my kids to play me out with the Beatles' "When I'm 64" and "Old Time Rock and Roll" by Bob Segar. Crank it up!

YESTERDAY'S STRIP
Jane | Peoria, IL | March 05, 2018

On yesterday's strip? I got to the fifth panel and straight-up cried. Thank you for that, and please come back to the dailies soon!

HELLUVA TEAM
Brighella | Basel, SWITZERLAND | March 05, 2018

Melissa is a brilliant candidate and Joanie on the campaign will make this a helluva team. Go for it! And of course GBT will have to resume daily strips in order to cover the race...

JEFF
Anne | Burnaby, CANADA | March 05, 2018

When will Jeff wander through the kitchen? I love watching Mel skewer him.

THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL
Mary Cavanagh | Escondido, CA | March 04, 2018

Oh please bring Joan back to the campaign trail on behalf of Melissa, and please involve Rick's dry wit. ("We need a noun, Senator.")

YES!
Margaret Delgatty | Vancouver, CANADA | March 04, 2018

Yes! Yes! Yes!! I heard myself shouting when I read today's strip. I don't know yet exactly what Melissa's running for, but in hindsight it's so obvious -- of course she will run; I don't need to list all the reasons why, but who could possibly be a more perfect candidate in 2018? Getting Joanie on her team is icing on the cake, although also brilliant. I can't remember when I've been this excited...!

BACK IN THE GAME
Mike | Bayonne, NJ | March 04, 2018

I can’t help thinking that Rick did that on purpose to get Joanie back in the game. Good for him. Good for her. Good for them all.