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THE TWINS
Mike | Mississauga, CANADA | June 22, 2015

Did anyone notice the noses on the twins?

MUCH TO ADMIRE
John Ghalt | Anchorage, AK | June 18, 2015

There is much to admire about Texas and Texans. To paraphrase WIll Rogers, I never met a Texan I don't like.

The reputation of their police is not admirable, nor the TSA at the Austin airport this March (when I flew Anchorage-Austin-Phoenix-Anchorage). The Austin boys were far, far, (very much) more "attentive" (with their very thorough search) than their cohort in Anchorage and Phoenix.

TRUMP
Derek Stenfield | Galesburg, IL | June 17, 2015

It's a gift from the gods to have Trump formally in the 2016 race. But since you aren't doing dailies right now, how about you do us a solid and dig into the archives and treat us to some Classic Trump. He's been in the strip a zillion times. Por favor?

Editor's Note:

 Easily said and done. To revisit Trump strips and storylines from 1987, 1989, 2007, 2011 and 2015, click here. De nada.

THE OLD DAYS
Paul Hawkins | Wooster, OH | June 14, 2015

Ahhhhh, just like the old days, Mike being led by Bernie's wit...reappearing without notice...poof!

GREAT THEATER
Shooshie Roberts | Dallas, TX | June 14, 2015

You have to admit, my dear old home-state Texas makes great theater. Politics, sports, piano competitions, ecology, you name it (other than downhill skiing) Texas makes great theater. It's still so big here that most people have a sense of being isolated, and that tends to make them think that what they say or do matters. So, they put on a big show, completely serious, utterly devoid of self-doubt, because they're unfamiliar with the concepts of getting along, compromising, listening to other opinions... Just like I'm doing right now!

Even more amazing than Gov. Abbot's State Guard response to the U.S.'s Jade Helm 15 exercises is the decision to withdraw a billion dollars worth of gold from the U.S. reserves and place it in a vault in Texas, where the powers that be think they'll build an honest state currency. They wouldn't have to read but a few books to see the problems inherent in such an unlikely undertaking. Perhaps they don't think the rest of us Texans have read such books. Perhaps they're right!

Well, I hereby stand alone on this stage, like our beloved lone star, and proclaim that Texas will continue to provide marvelous theatrical fodder for Doonesbury and all comers for the foreseeable future, without interruption. In fact, I'm selling tickets. Just one gold-piece per head! Line up!

RE: SECESSION?
M. Cocke | Houston, TX | June 14, 2015

Perfect! And I actually live here. Go Battleground Texas!

WALMART TUNNELS
Peter | Hollison, MA | June 14, 2015

Today's strip failed to mention the nuclear-powered tunnel-boring machines they used to build the Walmart tunnels. That's why there are no piles of dirt. You see, the machines melt it into glass and use it to line the tunnels. Thanks for a great Sunday laugh!

SECESSION?
Edward Cherlin | Columbus, IN | June 14, 2015

Secession? The activists of Battleground Texas think they have a better idea. Their plan is to register enough new voters, especially among the growing Latino population, to flip Texas Blue and get it to join the Union for the third time. Republicans are freaking out. See Sen. John Cornyn's Keep Texas Red campaign. Back in 2013, Gov. Abbott -- then the Attorney General -- warned that Battleground Texas was more dangerous than North Korea, which had threatened to nuke Austin.

NAILED IT
Jeffrey Emge | Tyler, TX | June 13, 2015

Trudeau nailed it in the May 31st strip. "Higher ed" is going full-tilt into the crapper, courtesy of the race to maximize profits vis-a-vis the U Phoenix model. With the Walden vision of add-ons, bundling, and "levels" of education, it only makes sense now that United Airlines CEO Jeff Smisek will be a college president soon; then higher ed also can a la carte everything for a fee, like Smisek did with United.

THE DICHOTOMY
John Brennand | Langley, CANADA | June 09, 2015

Oh, my goodness! Monday's video showed bare breasts, and other naughty bits. For an American feature, this is very daring. Your media has no trouble displaying murder and mayhem, but you twist yourselves into pretzels over nudity. I've never really understood the dichotomy.

POOH
Melinda Capozza | Huntington, IN | June 08, 2015

The first Doonesbury book I purchased was Just a French Major from the Bronx. I just hit 65 (OMG, how did that happen?!) and next week I'm getting a cataract removed. I remember a long-ago Sunday strip about Jimmy Thudpucker and his group, and Pooh going off on some riff, Jimmy says, "Pooh, where are you? What are you doing?" and Pooh replies, "Floating with the universe, man." Jimmy says, "Pooh, when are expected to return?" This popped into my head when discussing pre-op meds with the nurse; Xanax and Fentanyl. I won't care that someone is poking my eyeball. So thanks, Garry.

MORE THAN ONE
Amy | Craig, ALASKA | June 07, 2015

I'm so sorry that Sunday's strip applies in more than one state. Substitute "oil companies" and you've nailed the situation in Alaska.

BOOK LEARNIN'
Bruce Strickland | Mountainair, NM | June 07, 2015

In today's strip, the student's recognition of a logical fallacy shows Kansas already has too much book learnin'.

THE HARM DONE
Doug Hicks, US Army (Ret.) | Tampa, FL | June 07, 2015

I read the Tampa Bay Times every day and thoroughly enjoy your political acumen and Dan Piraro’s wordplay. Your “Voodoo economics” strip today was the best ever! Now age 76, I’ve traveled extensively and experienced firsthand the harm done by the greedy rich and powerful against the poor and powerless during 16 years overseas. Only artists/political commentators like you who have the guts to ridicule and expose their “logical fallacies” can make a difference. In America and in many other countries the rich have already purchased and corrupted the legislative system, which collectively remains silent and complicit. Your political insight, understanding of basic right from wrong, constantly revealing the insiders’ schemes and relentlessly uncovering their methods, helps the Americans who need it. I salute you for this one and all the others you have created. Keep at it! 

SORRY, KID
Edward Cherlin | Columbus, IN | June 07, 2015

Sorry, kid, with Trickle-Down Dick and the rest of the inmates in charge of the asylum, the First Amendment doesn't apply to you until you reach 18. When it comes to reproductive health, not even then. Voting? Fuggedaboudit. Second-Amendment remedies? Hey, now you're talking! Except those only apply to, um, never mind. Not going there.

TRICKLING UP
T.J. Martin | Denver, CO | June 07, 2015

Reaganomics, now in the guise of Brownbackonomics, at its finest . All the wealth trickling right on up and right back into the wealthiest's back pockets .

IT'S TRUE!
Peg Oneil | Calgary, CANADA | June 02, 2015

Re: PRIVILEGE: It's true! All those female firefighters, cops, military personnel, CEOs and Board Chairs -- at the first sign of trouble they all look to be rescued as a matter of priority. I'm so glad that was pointed out by the distinguished member of the rescuer gender.  :-)

FEMINISTS
Margaret Delgatty | Vancouver, CANADA | June 02, 2015

I'd be more impressed with the comment about feminists in burning buildings and sinking boats if it had cited even one real-world incident. Doonesbury is a cartoon, and even here there's no indication that it's herself Honey is concerned with saving...

PRIVILEGE
Richard Whitehouse | London, UK | June 02, 2015

Women first? I thought that Honey was a communist and a feminist. It's funny that you never find a feminist in a burning building or a sinking boat. At the first sign of trouble, feminine privilege kicks in and they expect to be rescued as a priority.

PARTICLE ACCELERATOR
Edward Cherlin | Columbus IN | May 31, 2015

Not many students outside the physics department were aware that Yale's Wright Laboratory under D. Allan Bromley ran the highest-energy tandem Van de Graaf heavy ion accelerator in the world from 1958 to 2011. It was still open for tours until last November.