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DILEMMA
Rev. Dr. Bob Faser | Hobart, AUSTRALIA | January 04, 2015

I'm not a veteran, but I'm the son, grandson, and brother-in-law of veterans. Today's strip speaks to me about the dilemma faced by people in many western nations following the military fiascos of the decades since the 1960s. On the one hand, we don't want to endorse the stupid political decisions that led to these wars. On the other hand, we don't want to repeat the destructive public demonization of those who served in the military, such as happened with Vietnam veterans (both in the U.S. and here in Oz). As a result, there will be awkward moments -- as depicted so well by GBT today.

BOTH SIDES
Matt Vongehr | Clovis, CA | January 04, 2015

A true satirist is not partisan. Imagine how many more readers would appreciate Doonesbury if it highlighted both sides of an issue. Today's strip insulted our soldiers, including men and women who are receiving pink slips in the war zone. "Uncomfortable, anxious, depressed" does not begin to describe how our friends and family members feel, when the President haphazardly withdraws troops and releases monsters from Gitmo to return to the battlefield and terrorize the world. Mr. Trudeau needs to work much harder to show the irony and danger of our elected officials' twisted motives and deadly decisions.

UNCOMFORTABLE
Art Seaton | Spokane, WA | January 04, 2015

I too, have felt uncomfortable every time I am thanked for my service. My wife has prodded me to accept it as a sign of an appreciative nation. But can I? I am a Vietnam era vet of the Coast Guard. The only foreign port I saw in eight and a half years of "service" is Vancouver B.C. I went into the Coast Guard because as a former user of marijuana, I was not moral enough to join the Army, Navy, Air Force or Marine Corps. My service was, in part, participating in the rescue of Congressmen who did not believe that small-craft warnings applied to them. I am thanked for that? When I explain the above, the response is to assure me that I still served and to thank me anyway. I wonder if the current trend to thank us "for our service" isn't just a nation with a guilty conscience trying to apologize without admitting guilt...or responsibility.

B.D.'S COMMENTS
Roger Miller | Nathrop, CO | January 04, 2015

B.D.'s comments about being a vet mirror my thoughts exactly. As a Viet Nam vet I don't understand why 45 years later people want to thank me for my service. I don't think we did anything good for the country, most of us just got caught up in the wash and did what we were forced to do. But, as I always say, I don't think we let one Viet Cong get past Hawaii.

GRATITUDE?
Thomas Shoesmith | New York, NY | January 04, 2015

Gratitude for the Iraq war? Not likely, but as Lt.Gen. Harold Moore wrote of Vietnam, let's not confuse the war with the men and women who were ordered to fight it.

NAILED IT
Jim McDade | Pensacola, FL | January 04, 2015

You nailed it with today's piece. I'm a Viet Nam vet with a Purple Heart and PTSD, and I always feel uncomfortable when someone thanks me for my service. This piece gives me a proper way to react from now on. I'm not a hero and I don't want or need to be thanked. All I did was what my country insisted I do as a citizen. That's not heroism!

WHAT VETS DESIRE
Craig Baumberger | Greenville, IL | January 04, 2015

What Vets desire is not adulation but instead a reconnection with the world they left when they joined the military. Thanks for your extraordinary insight.

CULTURAL HISTORIAN
Tiger69 | Silverton, CO | December 30, 2014

I was at Princeton one year ahead of GBT at Yale. I feel like I have met or known, at one time or another, nearly every character in the strip. Many are friends. I have forgiven GBT for having chosen Y over P.  His work has given me so much insight over the years that I consider him as easily the best cultural historian of our generation. But, even better than that, he makes me laugh. Live on, GBT, and continue to make us look at ourselves in perspective.

CINZANO
Antonio Velarde | Mexico City, MEXICO | December 29, 2014

A Cinzano ashtray ! I thought I would never see one again....

WORLD EVENTS
Mike Utzinger | Milwaukee, WI | December 29, 2014

I love reviewing world events that occurred early in my life in Classic Doonesbury. I was in graduate school when the Iran revolution occurred. I now have Iranian doctoral students. The details of the cartoons are excellent! We had cinder blocks supporting our shelves, but our TV was put away in a closet. Thanks for the memories.

TODAY'S STRIP
J.H. | LA, CA | December 28, 2014

Seeing the strip for today, Sunday, December 28th, I wonder how far in advance of the publication date they are drawn.

Editor's Note:

 The Sunday strips are completed and turned in to production five to six weeks before the publication date.

THE INTERVIEW
George | Jupiter, FLORIDA | December 27, 2014

With respect to The Interview, I've got to believe that agent Sid Kibbitz somehow has his hand in the greatest promo stunt ever.

CLASSICS
Elizabeth B. | USA | December 26, 2014

My mom gave me books of the Mike-Zonker-B.D.-in-college years of Doonesbury to get me started, but these Classics are my introduction to the Doonesbury decades that I was too young to read or appreciate the first time around. You are a treasure.

SOMETHING SPECIAL
Jeffrey Cleveland | Los Angeles, CA | December 24, 2014

I just want to thank you for being an important part of my life. I've been an avid fan since the '60s. I have learned so much about politics and I have laughed my ass off. Doonesbury is really something special.

p.s. I cried when B.D. lost his leg.

THIRTY YEARS AGO
Barb | Bend, OR | December 23, 2014

Flashback, thirty years ago today: The secret of Zonker's eternal youth revealed!

SPOILER
Chris | St. Augustine, FL | December 19, 2014

"When are you guys getting married?"  Spoiler alert: Joanie and Bick do finally tie the knot.

J.J.
Fiona | North Wales, UK | December 19, 2014

This week's trip down memory lane has really reminded me that I really don't like J.J. and she never did change. What did Mike ever see in her.

EERILY FAMILIAR
Bren | Dublin, IRELAND | December 17, 2014

Today's 35-years-ago Flashback strip seems eerily familiar. Have we achieved Doonesception?

RE "ZEKE"
Juanito | Sacramento, CA | December 17, 2014

  Also an excellent example of my best friend from undergraduate school who lives next door forty-two years later. Yikes!

ZEKE
Grant | Hamilton, CANADA | December 16, 2014

Zeke is one of my favourite characters (and so is J.J.). The amoral, lazy, freeloading Zeke with his "hip" rationalizations for his quasi-criminal behaviour is an excellent example of why certain aspects of the idealism of the late 1960s didn't last. And self-involved J. J. is a perfect counterpart for him, taking full advantage of the lame (IMHO) notion that "it's art if I say it's art." Merry Christmas to all!