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CUTTING EDGE
Gregor Zubicky | Orebro, SWEDEN | February 26, 2014

Reading the old strips is fun, but as a reader for over thirty years I miss my dose of cutting edge humor.

15 YEARS AGO
David Ferrier | Edmonton, CANADA | February 25, 2014

I always enjoy the Flashbacks page, where today's 15-years-ago strip is about Tommy Hilfiger's exploitation of Bangladesh garment factory workers. Thirteen years later, this was still in the news

COUNTERPOINT
Peter | Holliston, MA | February 25, 2014

As GBT rides off into the sunset (or not...), I feel the need to say "Thanks", for providing a counterpoint to, and commentary on, the wild rollercoaster that has been American politics, from my teens (Vietnam) to today. Perhaps if more people had read (and understood) Doonesbury, things would have been different. In any case, please, Garry, accept my gratitude for a job more than well done. And for the support you have given our troops, who deserve far better than they get. Your efforts on their behalf demonstrates quite clearly that one can be anti-war but pro-soldier, and that a liberal can also be a patriot. Best wishes, good luck, and thank you ever so much.

THANKS
Flabby Joe | Canberra, AUSTRALIA | February 25, 2014

Goodbye and thanks for all the fun. And probably fish as well.

LOOKING FORWARD
Karen Hale | San Diego, CA | February 23, 2014

Today's strip once again shows us why Trudeau is the best cartoonist in the world. Loved it. We will put up with the extended Flashbacks as long as the Sunday strips continue to be as awesome as they have been. I'm looking forward to seeing how Toggle and Alex and the twins are doing. And I look forward to watching Alpha House.

UOPX
E. Driscoll | Fresno, CA | February 21, 2014

The University of Phoenix is not "partially accredited." It is fully accredited until 2023 by the Higher Learning Commission (North Central Association of Schools and Colleges). I know it's humorous to trash UOPX but it does a good job and many "statistics" I've read (Wikipedia, for example) do not present a fair case or critically examined and presented information. I teach there regularly and love it -- and have taught at several other "fully accredited" universities with actually less rigorous standards. My graduating seniors show more writing, thinking and creative skills than many I have had in the past at state universities. I've taught since 1972.

So please give 'em a break, Garry. UOPX helps many poor, working adults get an education and improve their lives and the lives of their kids. And my military students would not be able to get promotions or better jobs without the skills they've learned. They love it. UOPX has a mission to educate an underserved educational group and it is overall very successful for the deserving students we serve.

NEW TO ME
Margaret Delgatty | Vancouver, CANADA | February 21, 2014

I'm surprised at how often the Flashback strips are new to me. Who would have thought holes in my memory would come in so handy?

FIVE MINUTES
Marion Knox | Portland, ME | February 20, 2014

Congrats, Garry, on giving yourself an extended break. Now I get five minutes back six mornings a week.

DOONESBURY'S LIFE
Peter Mikkelsen | Pasco, WA | February 20, 2014

As I imagine life without new daily Doonesbury I recall the progression of the strip, from difficult-to-find through the rising-star phase and the "Ahem, controversial -- Is it more properly placed on the editorial pages?" issue into the superstar-of-the-zeitgeist status it has so richly earned as the world's best comic strip with its own multimedia editorial content website: Mudline, Say What?, The Sandbox, Blowback, Daily Briefing, et al... Oh how I wish GBT will find it in his purview to extend Doonesbury's life.

GOOD CALL
Karen | Huntington, WV | February 19, 2014

I'm an Alpha House junkie already, and I understand working at something different after, what, 43 years? So...good call. We who are about to adjust salute you.

THE POLITICIANS
Jim Smith | Jamestown, CA | February 19, 2014

Like the writer of a previous post, I too am a Vietnam Vet. We buy VWs and Toyotas, among other things, despite WWII. Don't hate the people. It was our politicians vs their politicians, as with Iraq, a horrible and terrible waste of individual patriotism, blood, and treasure. Blame the politicians. We should waterboard Bush and Cheney with the tears of the widows and orphans they created here and in Iraq.

THE WAY
Megan | Woodbridge, VA | February 18, 2014

I'm wishing GBT the best in his new creative endeavors, and will definitely be back every Sunday to see the new strip. I think we're all hoping that this hiatus is not a permanent one. Reading Doonesbury is the way I start my day.

LAST CALL
Anna Richland | Seattle, WA | February 17, 2014

I want to thank Mr. Trudeau for the years of supporting The Sandbox, veterans and their families. Reading The Sandbox has been my way of staying informed about the situation and connected to those who came after me, and I will miss it when you sign off. I'm a veteran of the Balkans, and all my deployment stories are fun and surreal compared to post-9/11 stories, so I never contributed to The Sandbox. My memories are goofy things like running down a mountain road chasing a backward-rolling SUV that someone forgot to set the emergency brake on, hoping the thing wasn't going to go off a cliff before someone who was faster than me made it to the vehicle, because I was the one who had signed for it. I know I was lucky; Balkan roads were paved, safe and happy by the year 2000. Every time I read the Sandbox, I only wish for paved, safe and happy roads for every soldier. Seems like we can put up with a lot of other crap if the roads are right.

Although I loved my years of military service, and I'm proud of what I accomplished, I feel guilty thinking of myself as a veteran when so many others have sacrificed so much more. After years of reading The Sandbox, I have a better understand of what others sacrificed, and that all of us feel someone gave more. So at least I have found that universal connection, and I will miss it when the site is no longer updated.

Mr. Trudeau's strip and books also pointed me toward The Fisher House Foundation, and I've been inspired to become a supporter because of him. I'm a published romance author, and families of my characters stay in Fisher Houses and I let readers know about the charity's real-life mission at the end of my books. Mr. Trudeau's support for veterans on The Sandbox and his efforts to use his work to inform readers about real-life issues inspired me to try, in a much smaller way, to spread the word about the Fisher House Foundation through my romance novels. I became a better writer, and a better person, because of what I have read here for years. Thank you.

HOPE
Fred Cairns | Oldham, UK | February 16, 2014

I've been following Doonesbury a long time -- long enough to recall Mr Trudeau's previous long-term hiatus. I'll miss it, indeed. It was a great day when the strip returned. I wish GBT every success in his other ventures, and hope, gently, that one day he will find sufficient time and energy to produce the strip as well. Hail and farewell -- but not, I hope, adieu.

A GREAT OPPORTUNITY
Logan's Mom | St. Paul, MN | February 16, 2014

Everyone in our household sends GT positive energy. The coming months/years will offer a great opportunity to revisit, experience and reflect on Doonesbury adventures from the past. I hope GT's new adventures invigorate his spirit and sense of discovery. Things may never be "perfect" (whatever that is), but always remember that humanity benefits from your loving but wicked sense of humor.

VIETNAM
Mike | Amsterdam, NY | February 16, 2014

As a Vietnam War veteran, I had the same feeling as B.D. when I got home on last year's Black Friday and pulled my new wireless printer/copier/scanner from its packaging. It was being sold at a very, very low price and I was delighted -- until I read "Made in Vietnam" on its side. For this, more than 50,000 American soldiers died!

TWO THINGS
Brian Prioleau | Austin, TX | February 16, 2014

Growing up in Fairfield, CT back in the seventies, my uncle, who worked at Yale, turned me and my cousin on to this odd strip in the Yale Daily News. I have been reading it ever since. I am not going to sprinkle holy water upon your entire oeuvre because that is tedious (though you may not agree). And, when you get down to it, any idiot who hasn't even read the shit can do that. But I write for a living and I know that good writing -- which Doonesbury is, believe it -- is always specific. I want to thank you for two things in particular.

First, thank you for the dignity and humor you have used to portray Iraq war and Afghanistan war vets. Every one of them chose to go over there because they thought it was the right thing to do, and I am not going to second guess their decision to do so, no matter how tempting that may be. For that reason, and for the way they conducted themselves in our names under hideously difficult circumstances, they deserve to be recognized as the best of us. Not cardboard characters; flesh and blood (?!) characters trying to get through with some dignity.

And more specifically, I would like to thank you for a fairly recent strip where B.D. ponders whether he is a worthy husband and is reminded he probably is not, but there he is. I have struggled with depression and addiction for years, but every morning I get to wake up next to grace made flesh in the person of Adriana. I am not worthy. It is not even a close call. But there I am. You spoke the truth, and it still grips me when I think about it. It makes me want to get through another day and wake up next to her again tomorrow. Thanks.

JUMPING OFF
Paula D. | Albany, NY | February 16, 2014

So GBT is forsaking the daily strip for Alpha House, and the strip is being reduced to Sundays-only, like Prince Valiant. Another one jumping off the print journalism platform... If this proves to be an easing into the retirement years, good for him. He's earned it. As the great-grandson of someone famous, he could have coasted his whole life, and he didn't.

OPUS
Michael Connolly | Chippenham, ENGLAND | February 16, 2014

Another Brit wanting to say a very large thanks for Mr Trudeau's opus, which has seen me through four decades and has been the only comic strip worth reading since I was 12 and reading Mad Magazine.

TODAY'S VIDEO
David Ferrier | Edmonton, CANADA | February 16, 2014

Thanks so much for today's video! After seeing too many Russian dashboard cam videos showing horrifically bad driving, it was a welcome change. Forwarding the link to friends, I titled the e-mail "From Russia with love."