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THE RICH
Ian Spencer | Frankfurt, GERMANY | September 19, 2017

The current Classic series about trophy wives is a wonderful example of the insanely perverted sense of entitlement that the rich, in particular corporate CEOs, enjoy today. In just a few lines Trudeau sums it up nicely, when he describes a businessman viewing his marriage as a return on investment. This has now explanded beyond tophy wives to all aspects of their renumeration. Why A CEO or a VP needs an additional $20 million in options to do their job properly is beyond me, surely a wage of over a million is/should be motivation enough.

SHUDDER
Simon Kneebone | Sydney, AUSTRALIA | September 18, 2017

I felt a shudder when I noticed how Joanie has aged. I realise how the sands of time really have flown through the hourglass.

DONNY
Dave | Elmira, NY | September 18, 2017

Today's Classic strip from 1989 describes the current president perfecty -- "Big Jim" should be "Donny."

MISSING
Maryhelen Posey | Calgary, CANADA | September 17, 2017

Sorry to interrupt Sunday, but the 20-years-ago-today strip is missing on the Doonesbury Flashbacks page!

Editor's Note:

 Indeed it is! Thanks for the heads-up. Here's the correct link.

MICHAELS
Big Guy | Forest Hills, NY | September 17, 2017

I was at Passover seders at Sheila Michaels' apartment about a dozen times. She was a sweet woman with enormous emotional strength. Thank you for mentioning her in today's Doonesbury.

MELISSA
Bill | Denver, CO | September 16, 2017

Skol! Melissa, your little smile at the end of today's 10-years-ago Flashback strip melted my heart. Here's to putting the gun down and walking away with your dignity and life intact.

CURRENCY
John Davis | Dallas, TX | September 14, 2017

Re: NOT ALONE. Regarding those $30 canning jars of "confetti" at the Chicago Art Institute -- it's likely they contained worn and shredded U.S. paper currency removed from circulation and sold by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing of the U.S. Treasury.

ROGER RABBIT
Edward Cherlin | Columbus, IN | September 14, 2017

Thank you, Alex, for bringing back the memory of the opening sequence of Roger Rabbit, where he is left with the baby. Flying knives! Cookies! The refrigerator! Stars! Oops, sorry. Birds tweeting! No, wait, I can give you stars!

NOT ALONE
John Ghalt | Anchorage, AK | September 12, 2017

In 1994 my art-historian wife and I toured the fabulous Art Institute in Chicago -- the objects in which were mostly the result of private patronage (or none at all). We later had coffee at a "co-op" wherein canning jars of confetti were on sale for $30. The canner's curriculum vitae was offered in a handy binder. J.J. is not alone -- unlike the CVs for millennia of Art Institute artists, this CV was festooned with public patronage. I still wonder if some of that was included with the confetti.

THE BEST
Alyn Adamas | Johannesburg, S.A. | September 12, 2017

Regarding GBT's facility with the four-word punchline, I rate B.D.'s "That's one plucky leper" right up there with the best...

JOANIE
Sandra M. | Indianapolis, IN | September 11, 2017

I love the juxtaposition of today's 45-years-ago and 40-years-ago Flashback strips. Forty-five years ago we met runaway housewife Joanie, looking tired and drawn. Five years later, she's a confident Capitol Hill lawyer dishing out subpoenas. Love it!

ROBOTS
Antonio Velarde | Mexico City, MEXICO | September 10, 2017

Wow. in today's Sunday strip Zonker has done it again! What great insight on things he has. Every time I see a Sci-Fi film or series about humans in space, one of the crew members either looses his mind due to long confinement or gets infected by some alien organism and eventually dooms the mission. So after seeing the last one I thought, "Why don't we just send robots?" Like Zonker says, they can do the job better and cheaper, they don´t need life support systems, their behavior is always logical and reasonable, they can transmit back all the data we need, and if they get sucked into a black hole we can always replace them. I know AI also has some dangers (sorry, Hal 9000) but it is the way things are going.

The great "Z" does not stop there. He also invites us to ponder our current technological society, where things just get thrown out instead of repaired. (So maybe the future of our planet is to be a great dumpster of broken-down robots.) I personally would like it if someday, one way or another, we do get to Mars. But we need to take care of our planet first! The one thing many astronauts have agreed on when they return from orbiting Earth is how small and borderless it looks from space. It is our only home, and we really should think about this before we think about living on another planet.

PUNCH LINE
Shoosie Roberts | Dallas, TX | September 09, 2017

In Friday's 20-years-ago-today Flashback strip the president of Walden College deadpans one of the funniest lines i've ever seen -- a punch line that needs no straight man or setup. A four-word joke, complete! Trudeau's the man.

EXCEPTION
John Ghalt | Anchorage, AK | September 06, 2017

Normally the Duke strips are among my least favorite; the recent recycles are an exception. Duke is discovering that Honey is indeed a formidable "hooligan."

LESS THAN SANGUINE
Amphibious | Donegal, IRELAND | September 06, 2017

The Classic Doonesbury reruns from prehistory bolster the retro sense of "everything old is new again," but I am less than sanguine about reports that "there are serious people" around the White House to stop DJT doing something really, rilly stoopid. A more recent example of Life imitating Art: Aaron Sorkin's "The West Wing" has a scene in which President Bartlett, worried about his MS causing him to act irrationally, is reassured that there are many people who would not let him do that. But he is informed that the Constitutionally correct reality is that anyone refusing to act on the C-in-C's orders would go to gaol. Looking back at what happened during Nixon's final days in office is not reassuring.

WALTER BECKER
Pete | Hillsdale, NJ | September 04, 2017

R. I. P. Walter Becker. Expert purveyor of hard-earned cynicism and compulsively listenable songs about unspeakable characters. Outsiders are almost always looking in, but when it gets hot in there, it's the outsiders who are cool.

TRUMP
Edward Cherlin | Columbus, IN | September 04, 2017

Exactly! Not just @RealRBHJr. They all need to stop helping, especially @realDonaldTrump. But that's just it, of course. He can't help himself.

MENTAL HEALTH
R.W.M., M.D. | Arlington, VA | September 02, 2017

As a member of both the American Psychoanalytic Association and American Psychiatric Association, I was pleased that you let your leaders know that members of the former are free to speak publicly about Trump's lack of mental health. Not to quibble, but the first diagnosis, malignant narcissism, includes the other descriptions of psychopath, anti-social personality, and sociopath. As a member of the American Psychiatric Association, I am not allowed to say that I agree.

LOST INNOCENCE
Amphibious | Donegal, IRELAND | September 01, 2017

Today's music video with Donovan and Bobbie Gentry broke my heart for lost innocence. How many of us in the Sixties believed that The Future was gonna be good?

MEMORY
Chris | Saint Augustine, FL | August 31, 2017

Re today's 45-years-ago strip: I had to Google the name "Carol Doda" to joggle my memory. Nice flashback!