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SUNDAY'S STRIP
Hanna | Casselberry, FL | August 22, 2015

God bless you, Garry Trudeau, for last Sunday's strip. You were able to say with the needle of humor something that needs to be shouted from the rooftops.

RELEVANT
Ralph | Houston, TX | August 16, 2015

Textbooks are only relevant if a school buys them, a teacher uses them, and the student reads them. Also, if the textbook is the primary teaching method in high school, the student is not getting the best education anyway. Modern teaching is driven by assessment, and the resources used must go beyond the textbook, in history to primary sources as shown in the comic. This is why conservatives were so freaked out about the AP US History exam.

OUR FUTURE
Jifster | Carlisle, IN | August 16, 2015

Re OUR PAST: All attempts to improve our future will continue to fail until we truly understand and face the truth of our past.

SIGNS OF HOPE
Ed Cherlin | Columbus, IN | August 16, 2015

Re today's strip: The greatest sign of hope that I see in the U.S. is that children can no longer be raised entirely in the bubble, and that millions fall away from various delusions every year. Why, the Evangelical polling company (I know! Evidence, right?) Barna Group reported in 2013 that 38% of "practicing Christian Millennials" were fact-checking sermons on their smart phones. Also, check out these free digital textbooks. Did you know that some computers cost less than printed textbooks?

NORTH CAROLINA
Bobby Padgett | Gastonia, NC | August 16, 2015

Since North Carolina has failed to replace textbooks since the Bush recession, cutting textbook budgets to nothing, teachers are expected to create their own teaching sources from the Internet. Yet, our Republican-controlled legislature would be quite happy with history as written in Texas to the point of forcing the Department of Public Instruction to create a course on the Founding Principles and American Exceptionalism to supplement post-Reconstruction U.S. History and threatening the College Board to revise the AP U.S. History curriculum to match. I can't wait for history to clash with their revisionism in classrooms this fall.

SIDESHOW
Terry D. McGee | Sydney, AUSTRALIA | August 16, 2015

It's possible that economic interests that wanted independence (and were possibly funding the effort?) saw slavery as a sideshow to them getting control, but a very useful public sideshow. "Follow the money."

OUR PAST
David Kastrup | Waltrop, GERMANY | August 16, 2015

If an almighty creator can bury million-year-old bones in the Earth to test our faith in our teachers, burying a declaration of secession in our historical records should be simple in comparison. Our future is what we should focus on improving, not our past.

DETAILS
Rex | Taos, NM | August 15, 2015

Details: What is going to show up on Alice's bedstand?

THE HOMELESS
Siva | Morristown, NJ | August 14, 2015

Today's strip really hits the nail on the head! That last panel should have really woken people up, but unfortunately it didn't. When even the police union of our nation's largest city shames the homeless, we have just gone from bad to worse.

OLD COMICS
Karen Esty | Inverness, FL | August 13, 2015

There is more information in your strip than the average person realizes. The April 11, 2010 Sunday suggested saving old comics, including that one, for fifty years. Unfortunately I will not be around in 2060, but I had the entire comic page laminated, and will gift it to one of my great nephews. Thank you for all of your years of laughter, political truth, and satire. Keep up the good work!

SCARY
T.J. Martin | Denver, CO | August 12, 2015

It's downright scary that this week's comics are even more relevant today than when they were first published.

IF ONLY
Luckyoldwoman | Springfield, OR | August 12, 2015

Two hundred billion dollar deficit? If only...

RE: SOUP KITCHENS
Pat Conolly | Alpharetta, GA | August 11, 2015

Back in the day my joke was:

Pessimist: "This glass is half-empty."

Optimist: "This glass is half-full."

Reagan Optimist "This glass is full."

SOUP KITCHENS
Edward Cherlin | Columbus, IN | August 11, 2015

When I consider #BlackLivesMatter, opposition to the Iran deal, shutting down the government to defund Planned Parenthood, and yes, soup kitchens, I am willing to have a discussion with those who maintain that the glass is half full. But I draw the line at those who claim that it is their glass.

LOVE THEM
Tony Phillips | Stony Brook, NY | August 10, 2015

I wasn't a Dbury addict when these strips first came out. They're all new to me and I love them.

TODAY'S STRIP
Stephanie Knopp | Philadelphia, PA | August 09, 2015

Bravo, Garry! Today's strip is absolutely brilliant as well as hilarious.

TRUMP
Anil Warner | Mumbai, INDIA | August 08, 2015

Trump leading the Republicans? GBT, where are you? The world needs you now.

Editor's Note:

  The misadventures of Donald J. Trump have been chronicled in Doonesbury for decades. To revisit some storyline highlights -- including a vision of what a Trump White House would look like -- check out this new FAQ.

DETAILS
D. A. | Mitchell, SD | August 03, 2015

I had forgotten until this run of Classics how in the old days Trudeau used to vary little details in the strip, requiring a second reading to look for what changed panel-to-panel. Not so much in today's strip (as near as I can tell anyway) but last Thursday's is a good example. I appreciate the extra level of entertainment this playfulness provides.

PERFECT
Charlie Bing | Edmonton, CANADA | August 02, 2015

"...A failed executive, a retired neurosurgeon, and a celebrity clown."?!? Today's strip is perfect, just effing perfect.

VOTING FRAUD
Big Guy | Forest Hills, NY | July 31, 2015

Between 2000 and 2010, out of more than a billion votes cast in federal, state, and local elections, ten people were convicted of in-person voting fraud at the polls. If this trend continues, that means that in the 2016 election three people may commit in-person voting fraud. Republicans so care for our country that they want to inconvenience 30,000,000+ people and send away 3,000,000+ potential voters from the polls to prevent those three people from committing voting fraud. They say we should all be grateful because the Republican Party cares so much for all of us.