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15 MINUTES
Craig Baumberger | Greenville, IL | February 10, 2017

I just spent 15 minutes reading Hedley tweets. Great way to start the day.

LIKE VIETNAM
Edward Cherlin | Columbus, IN | February 08, 2017

I'm surprised there hasn't been a Trump brand of Dr.-Whoopee-type products. He puts his name on everything else, and in 1997 he bragged about how dangerous it was sleeping around. “It's scary, like Vietnam. It is my personal Vietnam. I feel like a great and very brave soldier."

BUCHANAN TRENCH
Mike | Vineland, NJ | February 08, 2017

So, 25 years ago, they were contemplating the 1,500-mile "Buchanan Trench." After 25 years of contemplation, one would think that by now they'd have figured out how to pay for it.

25 YEARS AGO
Andrew Hobley | Andover, UK | February 08, 2017

I had to reread Sunday's "25 years ago" strip several times: In 1992 a 1,500-mile trench to keep out Mexicans was a mad idea from a neo-Nazi. And now ...

SUNDAY'S STRIP
John Ghalt | Anchorage, AK | February 07, 2017

This past Sunday's strip evokes my teenaged life without aid of rosy lenses: first flight with a paper “red carbon” ticket (like cash, don’t lose it); first legal drink at 18 (at a luau in Honolulu); first vote at 19. No picture ID required for any of that. At 58, state law now requires liquor store ID check even for a bottled Coke; “temporary DL” rejected by TSA (good thing I had a passport card). They still accept a paper voter registration card (the GOP hasn’t yet screwed up voting access in Alaska). An odd contrast -- at 15 I drove 110 on a straight-arrow Kansas highway with Mom napping beside me (still a personal record). I took the driving test the day after my 16th birthday (1974). Sam is college age, at least 18, with no DL. Even stranger: she thinks driving is “life-or-death” -- it took me years to figure that out.

HAVING PROBLEMS
Drew | Toronto, CANADA | February 05, 2017

Trump is having problems dealing with "so-called judges"? Better call Saul! Hey, it worked for Walter White and Jesse Pinkman...

ANOTHER REASON
Edward Cherlin | Columbus, IN | February 05, 2017

Another reason to get a driver's license is to be able to use a credit/debit card. Or to walk along the street while Black or Brown.

DYSFUNCTIONAL
Terry D. McGee | Sydney, AUSTRALIA | February 05, 2017

Do Americans understand how dysfunctional America is? I go to a busy inner-city Sydney government office where I can get over 100 different documents processed (including driver's license). I get to sit, read, use a laptop, whatever, until my number is called out. A few weeks ago I was there and they had a backlog -- so they called in extra staff. It took me twenty minutes -- some hard luck cases took thirty. Employ some extra workers, America! You're supposed to be a great country -- make your rich people pay some tax so you can live in a civilized society.

SPIRITS
David Glenn | Byron, MI | February 05, 2017

Thank you! Thank you...for the Sunday morning Rachmaninov. It lifted the spirits on a cold, grey Michigan Day.

THE GOVERNATOR
Brian Harvey | Berkeley, CA | February 04, 2017

Re the 2-4-17 SayWhat?: As a Californian who remembers the days of the Governator, it's pretty ironic to have to look to him as the voice of common sense, moderation, and humor.

INSIGHTS
Evan Paoletti | Sun City West, AZ | February 01, 2017

Your wonderful insights, and character development, enhanced by your subtle facial variations, provide such entertaining fare. Please keep it coming.

ATTITUDES
Paul Carlin | Belfast, N. Ireland | January 28, 2017

The current series of Classic strips illustrates quite well how attitudes have changed in the intervening years, due in part to the influence of such widely-seen commentary; racial characteristics are a subject which I very much doubt Mr T would tackle with such levity now. He has only himself to blame!

A COMMON TRICK
G.B. | US of A | January 28, 2017

The strips on the Doonesbury Flashbacks page are great at stirring up old memory coals. In today's strip from 45 years ago Benjy short-sheets Mike's bed back at the home farm. In 1972 that was a common trick for welcoming newcomers to my Antipodean boarding school. There it was called an "apple pie bed." No idea why...

VALUES
Melinda W. Capozza | Augusta, GA | January 28, 2017

Our kids were brought up with "Asian family values" by a New York WOP and a Midwestern WASP. Golly, who'da thunk it? GBT strikes again.

UNCANNILY ON POINT
Roy S. | USA | January 25, 2017

Boy, the 35-years-ago today strip from the Flashbacks page is uncannily on point in terms of what's going on now.

SWAMP-DRAINING
Tim Morton | Leicester, UK | January 25, 2017

I'm pretty sure I spotted Earl being sworn in to the White House Clap Posse in a recent @RealRBHJr tweet. But during the swamp-draining I expect Duke to act as a political consultant -- not a lobbyist, per Corey Lewandowski's explanation in this video.

REMEMBER
Edward Cherlin | Columbus, IN | January 25, 2017

It wasn't just computers that the Asian superraces wanted for their children. Musical instruments, too. As did my Jewish relatives, and so many others. Remember -- practice, practice, practice.

DUKE
Mike | Vineland, NJ | January 25, 2017

I am surprised Duke hasn't been tapped for a position in the new administration. It seems like he'd almost be a shoo-in with this group.

OBSERVATIONS
Simon Kneebone | Sydney, AUSTRALIA | January 25, 2017

In the past Mr. Trudeau had to make up the speech of the respective Presidents (Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush, Obama) to make the humorous political observations which I think have been the best parts of the Doonesbury strip for 40 years. Donald Trump's tweets are more unhinged and infantile than any words Mr. Trudeau (or any of his many admirers) could make up. From this distance we watch what's happening in the US with amazement.

OUR NEW PRESIDENT
Tami Stout | Matthews, NC | January 24, 2017

Thank you, thank you, thank you, particularly for the recent political satire (alt-falsehoods) about our new President. I've never laughed so hard... nor cried about the truth.