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ALTERNATIVE
Jim Scrobko | Glastonbury, CT | June 21, 2016

Re your 6/19 strip on Donald Trump: You may not think too much of Trump, but I wonder if you have really seriously considered the alternative.

A SHOCK
John Brennand | Maple Ridge, CANADA | June 20, 2016

Trump's "It seems very few people read what he writes," re Trudeau may come as a shock to we, the multitude, who do read Doonesbury. In fact, it could even make us remark, "Say what?"

TRUMP QUOTE
S.G.C. | Hoffman Estates, IL | June 20, 2016

Re: Yesterday's Trump quote about Garry Trudeau ("The good news is he's been covering me for years, and it seems very few people read what he writes."), I am happy to be one of "the few people." I have been reading what he writes since 1971, and given that Doonesbury has maintained its quality and thrived for 46 years I think there might be more than a few of us. Thanks so much, and keep up the very good work.

#LAUGHATTRUMP
Paul Bergman | Sacramento, CA | June 20, 2016

I have been enjoying this level of genius in your work for as long as I can remember, and this year especially I appreciate The Mudline. Please allow me to recommend to fellow readers the strategy embodied in #laughattrump.

BIGGEST AND BEST
Edward Cherlin | Columbus, IN | June 20, 2016

Donald Trump throws himself the biggest and best anvils.

AMUSING
Grant H. | Hamilton, CANADA | June 20, 2016

It's very amusing that a strp consisting entirely of quotes from Trump can be considered "anti-Trump." But I suppose the depictions of the swirling orange kelp forest on his head could be considered a little derogatory.

SUNDAY'S STRIP
Ian Spencer | Frankfurt, GERMANY | June 20, 2016

Re: Sunday's strip: I will concede that nobody knows more about making their surname into a brand than Donald Trump, but the only other superlative speech bubble I can give him is "Nobody is less prepared to be president than me." I look forward to him losing every single state in the election and going down as the biggest election loser ever.

QUOTING
Barbara Kipnis | Palm Coast, FL | June 19, 2016

I love today's strip! I don't see how anyone can complain when it's just quoting Trump's own words.

EVER
LisaRae Walker | Glen Allen, VA | June 19, 2016

Today's is your best strip ever. Thank you!

DANGER
Reese Rickards | Fruitland, MD | June 19, 2016

Today's strip highlights Donald Trump's narcissism better than anywhere or anybody else. But it would be well to remember that Trump cannot prevent himself from engaging in this braggadocio behavior. The GOP candidate really believes he is better than anyone else, and that's the true danger in his candidacy.

OBNOXIOUS
Shooting Star | Augusta, GA | June 19, 2016

I find your anti-Trump strips obnoxious, and am waiting for the same treatment of Hillary. I never did see any about Obama. Your liberal bias is disappointing, and my newspaper will be getting a letter.

AIEE!
June 18, 2016

I believe the 45-years-ago-today Flashback strip marks the nascent appearance of the iconic "AIEEE!"  -- the "Good grief" of Doonesbury.

HONEY
Steve Bailey | Jacksonville Beach, FL | June 18, 2016

If I didn't know that Honey is Chinese, I'd swear she's Marcie, Peppermint Patty's friend, all grown up.

EASY TO FORGET
Roger A. Webb | Little Rock, AR | June 16, 2016

I was trying to find something in David Myers' Psychology (2013 edition), the most widely used textbook in general psychology ever, and found a Doonesbury strip about Donald Trump. In it, Mark is doing an on-air phone interview with Trump -- who we do not see until the last panel. Mark describes the characteristics of a narcissistic personality, and asks Trump if he's following what he's saying, and Trump responds "No, let's get back to me." It is easy to forget who nailed Trump first.

Editor's Note:

 Donald Trump first appeared in the strip in 1987, after launching the initial Trump-for-President trial balloon. G.B. Trudeau's forthcoming book Yuge! 30 Years of Doonesbury on Trump, includes over 200 Trump strips, and will appear in bookstores on July 5th. You can pre-order here!

LAST SIGHTING
Bobster | Mendocino, CA | June 16, 2016

This may prove to be our last sighting of Alex's hair beads.

LACEY
Michelle Butler Hallett | St. John's, CANADA | June 12, 2016

I've followed Doonesbury for decades now, since 1989, and have read most of the strips from before that. I admire how your characters grow and change, and sometimes die. (I told a friend who's never read the strip about B.D.'s helmet and leg the other day, and she teared up.) Lacey Davenport remains one of my favourite characters. I immediately thought of her when I read about how another Lacey is bringing beauty and comfort to a dementia ward in PEI, Canada.

ABUSE OF GRAMMAR
Gary Warner, KVIA-TV Anchor (retired) | El Paso, TX | June 09, 2016

Until I read the June 5th Sunday strip. I thought no one else had noticed ABC's abuse of grammar. A year ago, I sent the item below to ABC World News Tonight. So far, no reply.

"Abusing grammar...spurring me to write. Your fine product is mostly first rate, except when you incorrectly conjugate. What would Koppel say, or Jennings? “Too much verbing with i-n-g endings!” Restoring good practice, this is my errand. Halt misuse, please, of the poor little gerund! One more thing and then that’s all, about those other verbs, gone AWOL. Your news copy is replete with sentences incomplete! Do you not find that it disturbs when lonely subjects have no verbs? For young journalists starting anew, exampling you, not what they should do. They may seek to emulate your fine Mr. Muir, mistakenly thinking his language is pure. As for me, Walt Whitman I am not. About verse and meter I know not a lot. But I wrote much news in my career and strove for correctness year after year. Please, it is your help I beseech to promote proper parts of speech. Copy can be dynamic with correct grammar. Just write with a pen instead of a hammer."

FUNNY
Allan Levine | Toronto, CANADA | June 05, 2016

Today's strip. Funny.

THE EVENING NEWS
Toni Shaheen | Dover, NH | June 05, 2016

"Torrent of participles" expresses perfectly my frustration with the (mostly ABC) evening news. Leaving out verbs, implying unknown horrors, aiming for Fox's fear-fostering, their listeners annoyed -- what gives? Thank you.

p.s. Scott Pelley on CBS -- without peer! (Sorry, it's contagious...)

FORTY-SIX YEARS
Kepcziac Spelicek | Sultan, WA | June 05, 2016

"Mom, did you know Prince?" Forty-six years you've been doing this, and you can still elicit sardonic belly laughs.