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T. A. | New York, NY | December 28, 2010

As an atheist who doesn't believe the military should even have sky-pilots, I think the strip's portrayal of chaplains and their work has been exemplary. Sometimes it gives me a creeper (that's when you kind of start to cry but don't actually).

Bernard | Washington, D.C. | December 28, 2010

"He deserves it, in my humble opinion." The VA counselor's comment reveals a view of God that is both narrow-minded and shallow. The only reason this offended Christian doesn't chuck Doonesbury out of his life immediately is that Mr. Trudeau is an equal-opportunity offender. Sooner or later, Doonesbury offends everybody.

Cindy Ashcraft | Phoenix, AZ | December 28, 2010

I am not a sentimental fool. I know that in a few years, when Toggle and Alex are no longer starry-eyed lovers, they are going to want to change something about each other. But reading today's cartoon made me say 'awwwwww!', and remember those days of blind, unadultrated, pure love! Oh, and as for your Christmas comic -- even the most ardent believers have their moments when they scream and curse the way some things are. It's what people do in real life. Why shouldn't they do so in a comic strip?

Anne Dowdeswell | Exeter, UK | December 27, 2010

I'm a priest in the Church of England and one of my closest friends is a military chaplain. The chaplain in your strip is one of the most honest and positive representations of ministry that I have seen. I hope you will eventually do a book that includes all of the strips with this character, as I would very much like to be able to give it to other military chaplains that I know. Many thanks for all your work.

David | KC, MO | December 27, 2010

The Christmas Day strip was outstanding. Given that it's the Prince of Peace's birthday, taking a stance on the war is pretty great.

Drew Peberdy | Burlington, VT | December 27, 2010

Nice interview on the Newshour -- although I think GBT was being too humble when he described himself as a "short order storyteller." It takes some serious chops to juggle so many characters and storylines, and to pull it off with such style. Thanks for forty years of awesome comic strips. I can't wait to see what happens next.

Chris Karr | Avon, NY | December 27, 2010

It was a Doonesbury Christmas at our house this year! As I gave my sister-in-law her present, she exclaimed at how heavy the unwrapped gift was. She squealed with delight upon unwrapping it and then proudly held aloft for all to see: 40: A Doonesbury Retrospective. I have never seen her happier. Moments later I handed my mother her present and she also exclaimed at her present's heft. With a knowing look in her eye, she happily peeled off the wrapping paper and chortled with glee over her own copy of 40: A Doonesbury Retrospective. My father then put on his coat and went out to his car, returning moments later with a smile and a very-familiar-weighing gift for me. Needless to say, my sister-in-law, my mother and I all received what was at the top of our Christmas "Wish List"! Thanks GBT for 40 (and counting) wonderful, wonderful years of humor and social commentary. May you keep on creating ad infinitum. Happy Holidays!

Dave | Silver Spring, MD | December 26, 2010

Your strip where Zonker is talking about his back tax bind is brilliant. One of the best ever. Thanks for the early morning laugh. Merry Christmas!

T.W. | Peoria, IL | December 25, 2010

I've been reading your cartoon for years, but you lost me with your Christmas cartoon this year. You couldn't forget your agenda for even one day? How sad. I'll never read your cartoon again.

Richard | Olympia, WA | December 25, 2010

You've kinda nailed it today. The fumbling sensitivity of the characters as they face death daily, but are clumsy and halting about living. Merry Christmas!

Steve | Sarasota, FL | December 25, 2010

Slamming God on Christmas Day. That's a new one.

Garrett List | Liege, BELGIUM | December 24, 2010

In the context of this week's storyline it would be well to remember some of the important homosexual soldiers of the past. Let's start with Alexander the Great...

Larry S. | Delaware, OH | December 24, 2010

It looks like we'll not be seeing 70% of all military personnel attempting to break their enlistment contracts on the grounds of religious objections to allowing gay personnel to serve openly. Military chaplains who wanted to excuse themselves from ministering to gays have already run smack into the teeth of military discipline and nobody else is going to be able excuse themselves, either. It's a bogus rumor anyway. The all-volunteer force is just that, a volunteer force that has elected to serve, and they're not likely to change their minds and bail out that easily. Frankly, I think they have too much integrity for such a cowardly maneuver anyway.

Dale | Manhattan, KS | December 23, 2010

God I love this strip and have since -- forever. What prompts me to comment for the first time is the real love GBT displays for our Heroes who put it all on the line for the rest of us. Living near Ft. Riley in Kansas, I know many Heroes and the amazing families who wait for them to return. God bless and protect them all this Christmas, and God bless GBT for helping the rest of us understand their world a little better!

Margaret Hollis | Iqaluit, CANADA | December 23, 2010

Reading the recent Blowback, particularly the more deeply felt responses to DADT and institutional homophobia, I am reminded that there is a second and more insidious harm done by oppression. The harm to the targets is more or less obvious, but there is a hidden layer of harm to those who participate in the oppression, whether actively or passively: they lose a little of their humanity. Voicing one's regret is a way of regaining that humanity -- what could be more human than regret? In my orisons, be all our sins forgiven.

Bob Bolton | West Bloomfiueld, MI | December 22, 2010

I served as a JAG officer on an Air Defense Command Base in the early 60's. Air Force Regulations made any act of homosexuality a dischargeable event, even if not prosecuted under the UCMJ. There was a young very visible homosexual enlisted man who over a period of time had sexual contact with about 15 different enlisted men-most of whom, if not all, were not homosexual, but experimented or were drunk. All were discharged, general discharges. A lot of good airmen were lost, and as the years have gone on and I have learned about homosexuality and that it is something people are born with and do not choose, I regret more and more my part as a JAG officer in what was a pointless witch hunt.

Corky Frausto | Albuquerque, NM | December 22, 2010

When I was in high school (1973) I was living with my gay uncle, a WWII vet. One of his best friends was Col. Frank Dixon, another vet. The remarkable thing about Frank was not that he was gay but that he spent WWII in Bataan. I have read stories about the Death March that mention Frank, and the courage he showed there should be an example to all soldiers. Thank you all for that you have done.

Michael Strickland | El Dorado, AK | December 22, 2010

I retired from the US Army in 1989. I served in the Infantry, Military Police and for a while in Personnel. In my 22 years I can only recall one homosexual prosecution under the UCMJ* (two men caught in the act), and never recall anyone being discharged for that reason under Chapter 13. We had at one point an Intel sergeant named Ernie, who everyone thought was homosexual, but because he was so well-liked he was not harassed nor investigated. At Fort McClellan (then the WAC basic training post) women danced together and even kissed, without any great consternation. My general impression about homosexuals in the Army of the 60s through the 80s was that you could be homosexual and left alone, unless you were caught in the act, or really pissed the chain of command off. But that is just my opinion.

Editor's Note:


UCMJ: Uniform Code of Military Justice;

WAC:  Women's Army Corps

Ralph Jones | Hartford, CT | December 22, 2010

It occurs to me how very proud and fearless the gay community has been in the deplorable treatment they have received from our government. They are certainly expected to pay taxes, vote and serve on juries, all responsabilities of good American citizens. However the gay members of American society have had to fight for the right to serve in our Armed services, and they have fought with pride and dignity to do a job most other citizens try to avoid. I'd like to say that it's about damn time the military and government made this most obvious and common sense change in policy.

Ron | LA, CA | December 22, 2010

I was kind of hoping we'd follow Pvt. Illegible-Name-Tag for a while, maybe see how things are now between her and her girlfriend.