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STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE
Alex | Brooklyn, NY | July 10, 2016

To be fair to Mr. Trump, his flip-floping on positions is hardly unique. Clinton, too, has flip-flopped (sorry, "evolved") on many issues. With very few exceptions, this is standard operating procedure for the grasping egomaniacs on both sides of the aisle that we keep being presented as the two evils from which to choose the lesser of, each election cycle. Do I trust Trump? Nope. Not for a second. I trust Clinton for about the same amount of time. I'd be safe until either decided there was a gain -- however small -- to be made from selling me out.

ONE THING
Brian Harvey | Berkeley, CA | July 10, 2016

I think today's strip about Donald Trump would've been funnier if there were one thing in the list that he hasn't changed his mind about, e.g., "People should come to my hotels."

ON TARGET
Melinda Capozza | Augusta, GA | July 09, 2016

This material has been so on target, ever since the July 5th strip. I know just how Lacey feels.

LONG-RETIRED IBMer
John K. Planck | Concord, NC | July 07, 2016

I don't know about the general public, but as a long-retired IBMer I really enjoyed Sunday's Doonesbury strip. It brought back a bunch of great memories for me, and for that I thank you. It sure was a different world in the good old days. Ever onward!

GOT TO ME
Melinda Capozza | Huntington, IN | July 05, 2016

The Classic strips for today and yesterday definitely bring to mind some of the more bizarre moments when my husband died. Maybe "surreal" would be a better word; it was like being in a nightmare orchestrated by Salvador Dali or Hieronymus Bosch. But the strip from last Friday where the birds are clustering about Jeremy's body really got to me, then and now. Thank you, GBT.

CURRENT
Linda Weinberg | Fanny Bay, CANADA | July 05, 2016

In today's 35-years-ago Doonesbury strip from 1981Mark is interviewing the new socialist mayor of Burlington, VT.  -- Bernie Saunders. I miss not getting new daily strips, but am constantly amazed at how current the Flashbacks remain.

BERNIE
Mike | US of A | July 05, 2016

Nice to see Bernie Sanders on Mark's show in the Flashback strip from 35 years ago today. Evidence that he has been consistent since the beginning. Except for the Renault part...

BREAKS MY HEART
Framl Rabey | Winterville, NC | June 30, 2016

I have loved Doonesbury so well for so long, and have come to feel its characters, across all these many years, are more than a little bit of my own messy extended family, that every time I chance to revisit today's posted strip, it breaks my heart a little. Kudos, Mr. Trudeau, for making me care so much about pen-and-ink people.

A THOUSAND LIKES
Grant H. | Hilton, CANADA | June 30, 2016

Re: THE BIRD. A thousand likes for this comment on the Bachman's Warbler series. Both well-known animal species and many more that are less known are going extinct during our lifetime. There are more tigers in zoos than in the wild, for example. Earth is now undergoing its sixth mass extinction, wholly due to human activity. The other five include the Cretaceous-Tertiary extinction that saw the end of dinosaurs.

ONE FRAME
M.B.C. | Philadelphia, PA | June 30, 2016

"Great, a massive coronary." The beauty and perfection of that one frame of drawing: the grass, the hat, the bird looking down on our hero's last breath -- nailed it again G.B.

THE BIRD
Alex | Brooklyn, NY | June 29, 2016

The part of the Bachman's Warbler series that I find most upsetting is that the bird is now extinct. Readers of the strip when it first ran grieved over Dick's death. But the bird? That's the part that hits back 30 years later. We're supposed to be so enlightened and noble and all that, but what have we done? We've turned the economy into something that runs on what a few sociopaths in Silicon Valley say and do. "Oh, Mark Zuckerberg bought his sixth house. Oh, a unicorn hedge fund for developing an app that will adjust the volume of my iPhone at random intervals just held its IPO and raised $200 billion. Have you seen my Instagram photo of my lunch?" The world's beauty empties out, never to be replaced, and we're all blogging.

BACHMAN'S WARBLER
Kerry Killingsworth | Auburn, AL | June 27, 2016

Today's Bachman's Warbler strip begins one of the greatest and most heart-rending story arcs of the Doonesbury Archive.

SCOTTISH TWEETS
Scott Fletcher | UK (for a while, anyway) | June 26, 2016

In the current Say What? quote  about Trump's arrival-time idiocy I see that you have selected Scottish tweets that are what we used to call "suitable for a family newspaper." For a true immersion in the full range of British misanthropy -- such an important component of humour in these islands -- I would urge your readers to enjoy some of the gamier ones too.

WONDER
Bruce Bendix | Saginaw, MI | June 24, 2016

This week's storyline makes one wonder over how many times (including his Zombififation) Duke has been on the brink of death...

SUNDAY'S STRIP
Sandra Morian | Medina, OH | June 21, 2016

I really enjoyed Sunday's Doonesbury strip, Garry! Trump's a reckless, bragging vulgarian, who counts on people who don't read, who take him at his word. Your cartoon caused me to laugh out loud. Geez, that's exactly how I see him! His face/lips have always reminded me of a ham-hock with teeth. And is it just me, or are his hand gestures irritating? Great job!

ALTERNATIVE
Jim Scrobko | Glastonbury, CT | June 21, 2016

Re your 6/19 strip on Donald Trump: You may not think too much of Trump, but I wonder if you have really seriously considered the alternative.

A SHOCK
John Brennand | Maple Ridge, CANADA | June 20, 2016

Trump's "It seems very few people read what he writes," re Trudeau may come as a shock to we, the multitude, who do read Doonesbury. In fact, it could even make us remark, "Say what?"

TRUMP QUOTE
S.G.C. | Hoffman Estates, IL | June 20, 2016

Re: Yesterday's Trump quote about Garry Trudeau ("The good news is he's been covering me for years, and it seems very few people read what he writes."), I am happy to be one of "the few people." I have been reading what he writes since 1971, and given that Doonesbury has maintained its quality and thrived for 46 years I think there might be more than a few of us. Thanks so much, and keep up the very good work.

#LAUGHATTRUMP
Paul Bergman | Sacramento, CA | June 20, 2016

I have been enjoying this level of genius in your work for as long as I can remember, and this year especially I appreciate The Mudline. Please allow me to recommend to fellow readers the strategy embodied in #laughattrump.

BIGGEST AND BEST
Edward Cherlin | Columbus, IN | June 20, 2016

Donald Trump throws himself the biggest and best anvils.