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HISTORICAL LOOK
Frank M. Hansen | Los Angeles, CA | October 26, 2015

Doonesbury stands as a legitimate historical look at 45 years, and it will be studied for years to come. I only wish I knew how you have been able to put together four panels time and time again with the perfect mix of social commentary, inner truth, and humor without being dipping into negativity, because you are a master at it.Thank you so much for what you do.

NO SMALL FEAT
B. Szaton | Park Forest, IL | October 26, 2015

You got me through two Bush administations -- no small feat, for which I am eternally grateful. Thank you for your wit and wisdom. If you didn't vote them in at least you can laugh at them.

THANKS
Paul Gregory | Marietta, GA | October 26, 2015

Having followed Doonesbury from the very beginning, I have been amazed at your energy and ability to maintain your level of excellence. Thanks for entertaining me all this time.

WRONG ROOMIE
Paul Jones | Saint John, CANADA | October 26, 2015

Wow. Forty-five years of the strip and it's still as fresh as it was back when B.D. got the "wrong" roomie.

MANY MORE
Casey "Crash" Lake | Portland, OR | October 26, 2015

It has been an honor to have been reading your strips for so long. I started when I was 15 and now I'm 59. Michael's roommate was my favorite character because as a college football player he represented everything I hated about college athletes. I've been hooked ever since on all the characters in Doonesbury. I have all of the large format collection books and the 40th anniversary book. Thank you for 45 years of enjoyment and I hope to keep reading your strip for many more years.

MY ENLISTMENT
Rick Jones, Fan for Life | Reseda, CA | October 26, 2015

Just a note to say Happy 45. In 1977 I enlisted in the U.S. Army right out of high school. My enlistment took me to Germany, where it was impossible to find the daily Doonesbury comic strip. I told this to my father, who was also a huge fan, and his solution to my problem was this: he would cut the strip from the newspaper every day, and every couple of months or so I would get a care package with all the strips. Dad kept this up for the entire two-and-a-half years I was overseas. (Thanks, Dad.) And thank you Garry and all your staff past and present for a job well done.

FORTY-FIVE
Brian Finan | Dublin, IRELAND | October 26, 2015

Forty-five years ago? Holy moly... Happy anniversary!

HOOKED
Roy Ellingsen | Ossining, NY | October 26, 2015

Ever since that day I opened the paper and discovered Doonesbury for the first time, I was hooked. I knew this was something special. There is no other strip that even comes close for honesty, accuracy, and generous helpings of marvelously biting sarcasm. I appreciate how you've aged the characters and brought in new ones, all while being miraculously in perfect synch with the times. I pray you good health and look forward to seeing where you go. I understand the need for time away and other projects, I know it helps keep you fresh. So do whatever you have to do. You write it, I'll read it!

THE MESSAGE
Drew Clayton | Santa Monica, CA | October 26, 2015

I'm grateful for the message you sent out on the occasion of Doonesbury's 45th anniversary. Until now I had no idea why the strip was in re-runs for the past year-plus. I feared that another of my favorite comics was headed for retirement. Not only do I find out that more new strips are on their way, but also that you are behind Alpha House, which I will now go watch. Turns out there's not less Garry, but much, much more.

You're an important voice in our media, especially because we disagree sometimes. Keep using your powers for good, and keep making us laugh and think.

THE GOP
Ray Lampe | MASSACHUSETTS | October 25, 2015

Talk about creative accounting! Saturday's five-years-ago Flashback strip should be required reading for all literate citizens. Of course Mr. Boehner knew then, as we all know now, that the GOP planned to cut all programs whose title included "Social" and "Security." But hey, they have a lot of supporters they are committed to reimburse.

TODAY'S STRIP
Sophie S. | Bloomington, IN | October 21, 2015

I can't believe today's strip was written in 1985! It is a very sad commentary on our lack of humanity.

THE EFFECTS
Craig Baumberger | Greenville, IL | October 20, 2015

"114 years after the Civil War?" These last couple of Classics mirror the attitude of some St Louis folks in the aftermath of Ferguson. They say, "Why can't we just move on?" We cannot move on because 50 years of the Civil Rights Act cannot erase the effects of 200 years of slavery plus 100 years of legislated segregation.

CHANGE
John A. Arkansawyer | Little Rock, AR | October 20, 2015

Oh, Palm Beach, don't ever change! Just kidding. Change already!

TRUMP U.
Chris Campbell | Minneapolis, MN | October 19, 2015

I see two layers to yesterday's strip, with Z+Z discussing Trump U. while going about their bud nurturing. There is overt Trump-bashing (thank you), but I think we are also being asked to compare and contrast the two livelihoods, one of which smells delicious, while the other just smells.

LOVE IT
Ray Lampe | Templeton, MA | October 18, 2015

In this time of hammer-blow subtlety in politics, I would call today's strip deliciously subversive. I love it!

PASS CARD
Melinda Capozza | Huntington, IN | October 17, 2015

Re: Friday's Classic strip -- "My pass card?" Well golly, things haven't changed that much, have they. Which is sad, and very frustrating. All the time I spent "on the barricades," so to speak, for civil rights, women's rights, etc., and the situation really hasn't improved that much. Well, there have been some improvements, but not enough.

Editor's Note:

 Actually the series of 1985 strips about Palm Beach led to an improvement; Florida passed "The Doonesbury Bill," which made this kind worker registration ordinance illegal.

MY HIGH SCHOOL
Alan Turner | New Castle, DE | October 14, 2015

Re today's "Why don't they just move to their country homes?" At my (rather privileged) high school, one year a student had a question during a history class about the Great Depression:

"But why did people have to stand in line for bread? Why didn't they buy some?"

"Because they didn't have any money."

"If they didn't have any money, why didn't they sell some of their stock?"

HOMELESSNESS
Melinda Capozza | Huntington, IN | October 12, 2015

Sunday's new strip (royal cannabis) was a hoot. But today's Classic, in which homelessness = an inept divorce lawyer, made me sigh with frustration -- after the giggle attack, of course -- because I'm acquainted with some people who have that exact mindset. As usual: thank you, GBT.

YOUNG ROYALS
Terry D. McGee | Sydney, AUSTRALIA | October 11, 2015

Good to see the young royals getting with it. They've always said Charlie's got a green thumb, but I'm not sure how organically grown Colorado's crop is. Z's call to action sounded like theirs is grown outside, but is it au naturel? I wouldn't want Harry to have gotten "artificial" stuff.

SHATTERED
James McFarlane | Cape Town, S.A. | October 09, 2015

Mike was a Republican? With his background? I'm shattered.