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ABSURDITY
P.A. | NEW ENGLAND | January 31, 2014

Why does it take a cartoonist to capture the absurdity of our national insistence that there is a "shortage" of STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics)-trained workers? There's no shortage of workers. There's a dearth of employers willing to hire the available workers at a reasonable wage.

TOUCHE!
David Ferrier | Edmonton, CANADA | January 31, 2014

Thanks for today's strip: "Don't you know anything?" Touché! Skewered the tendency by some members of the public to make hostile, bigoted, unreasonable statements.

CLAIRVOYANCE
Peter Mikkelsen | Pasco, WA | January 30, 2014

Has GBT ever been tested for clairvoyance? Reading today's Flashback from 20 years ago just reinforces a pet theory of mine. I've long thought that prophecy has been alive and well throughout history. It's just that modern prophets are typically working artists; musicians, poets, filmmakers, authors, barstool pundits, and -- prima facie -- cartoonists.

MIA
Bill | Charlottesville, VA | January 30, 2014

Mia goes back to her life, while Alex is stuck in motherhood and Starbucks. And yet... I have this feeling that one day one of them will end up working for the other. Rescue story! Their paths are bound to cross again. Mia's just too strong a character to fade away.

COMPLIMENT
T.M. | Grand Rapids, MI | January 29, 2014

Poor Alex! Someone needs to tell her; kids act out more with those with whom they feel safest! It's a compliment (albeit a little backhanded). How many moms have heard, "Oh, but your kids are angels with me!" It's because kids know they can "let it all hang out" with Mom and still be loved.

THE HARDEST PART
Angie S. | Stafford, VA | January 29, 2014

The hardest part of parenting is always the insecurity -- especially for the first-timers. Poor Alex, who already suffers from a distinct lack of decent mothering role models, is getting double-teamed by twins! Thank goodness Mia is so encouraging and supportive. Maybe a mother-figure for the mother in the making?

UNSETTLING
Peter | East Setauket, NY | January 29, 2014

It's unsettling to see folks criticizing Alex's reactions to motherhood. As a father (and now a grandfather) I can see how much more stressful parenthood is for the mom, especially in today's culture of anxious parenthood. Alex is just being real, as she always has; she's one of my favorite characters in the strip. I love the sequences with her, Toggle, the twins, and Mia.

FANTASY
John Gahlt | Anchorage, AK | January 28, 2014

"Guys! Let's call it a night, Okay?" Hah! GBT is venturing into fantasy. If he actually pulled that off with his infants, then like Alex, I "hate" him too.

SAM
John P. | Silverton, CO | January 28, 2014

I hope that Sam has a safety valve, like Walden or Harvard.

PETE SEEGER
David Ferrier | Edmonton, CANADA | January 28, 2014

Thanks so much for today's Daily Briefing link to the NYT Pete Seeger obit. He was my favourite folksinger.  Doonesbury readers might also like to read this piece in The Telegraph: "Pete Seeger: Ten Great Songs."

Editor's Note:

 And there's this, by performer, educator and author Stuart Stotts: "He was about singing together."

BIG DIFFERENCE
Maryhelen Posey | Calgary, CANADA | January 28, 2014

There's a big difference between a blunt and snappish response to baby screams at 2:00 am (probably for the third time since 1:00 am) and moving out on the kids!

HATS OFF
Chuck | Columbus, OH | January 28, 2014

Hats off to Alpha House, one of the brightest, most well-cast comedies on any platform. I really hope we see a Season Two.

BARKING
Gahd Shemava | New York, NY | January 28, 2014

It's a little scary to see Alex barking angrily at the twins. After all, she's got some serious family baggage to deal with already. Her mother (J.J.) abandoned her, and J.J. had been abandoned by her own mother, Joanie. Is Alex starting to play out a recurring role?

NITTY GRITTY
Peter Mikkelsen | Pasco, WA | January 28, 2014

Ahh, I love it! Alex channels Ralph Kramden! Move it on over, Hunk-Ra, it's getting real nitty-gritty right now...

ALPHA HOUSE
Treva Obbard | Baltimore, MD | January 24, 2014

I just watched all of Alpha House in two days (I was off my game, it should have taken one) and I just wanted to say that it was fantastic. Live-action Doonesbury, in terms of humor and ridiculousness of situation! I hope we're goiing to get a Season 2.

THE EYES
Ray Lampe | Templeton, MA | January 24, 2014

To those who say Sam can't get to MIT, I say "Watch this space." She already has the eyes.

MIT
Vaughn | Lucerne, CA | January 23, 2014

Re Alex and MIT: My rural California friends' high school son decided last week that he wants to go to Harvard. His mother's comment was, "Baby, I don't think you can get there from here."

LOINS
Stephen Malcolm | Westminster, MD | January 23, 2014

Boopsie and menopause ?  B.D. had better gird his loins. I can already feel the presence of Hunk Ra!

BEST WISHES
Mary Collins | Long Creek, SC | January 22, 2014

Best wishes to GBT and his family -- and not because of the Flashbacks, which are fun.

PRECEDENCE
David Chamberlin | Arlington, VA | January 22, 2014

Family emergencies take precedence over daily script requirements. Mr. Trudeau has planted so many new situations the wait will be worth it.