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DETAILS
Rex | Taos, NM | August 15, 2015

Details: What is going to show up on Alice's bedstand?

THE HOMELESS
Siva | Morristown, NJ | August 14, 2015

Today's strip really hits the nail on the head! That last panel should have really woken people up, but unfortunately it didn't. When even the police union of our nation's largest city shames the homeless, we have just gone from bad to worse.

OLD COMICS
Karen Esty | Inverness, FL | August 13, 2015

There is more information in your strip than the average person realizes. The April 11, 2010 Sunday suggested saving old comics, including that one, for fifty years. Unfortunately I will not be around in 2060, but I had the entire comic page laminated, and will gift it to one of my great nephews. Thank you for all of your years of laughter, political truth, and satire. Keep up the good work!

SCARY
T.J. Martin | Denver, CO | August 12, 2015

It's downright scary that this week's comics are even more relevant today than when they were first published.

IF ONLY
Luckyoldwoman | Springfield, OR | August 12, 2015

Two hundred billion dollar deficit? If only...

RE: SOUP KITCHENS
Pat Conolly | Alpharetta, GA | August 11, 2015

Back in the day my joke was:

Pessimist: "This glass is half-empty."

Optimist: "This glass is half-full."

Reagan Optimist "This glass is full."

SOUP KITCHENS
Edward Cherlin | Columbus, IN | August 11, 2015

When I consider #BlackLivesMatter, opposition to the Iran deal, shutting down the government to defund Planned Parenthood, and yes, soup kitchens, I am willing to have a discussion with those who maintain that the glass is half full. But I draw the line at those who claim that it is their glass.

LOVE THEM
Tony Phillips | Stony Brook, NY | August 10, 2015

I wasn't a Dbury addict when these strips first came out. They're all new to me and I love them.

TODAY'S STRIP
Stephanie Knopp | Philadelphia, PA | August 09, 2015

Bravo, Garry! Today's strip is absolutely brilliant as well as hilarious.

TRUMP
Anil Warner | Mumbai, INDIA | August 08, 2015

Trump leading the Republicans? GBT, where are you? The world needs you now.

Editor's Note:

  The misadventures of Donald J. Trump have been chronicled in Doonesbury for decades. To revisit some storyline highlights -- including a vision of what a Trump White House would look like -- check out this new FAQ.

DETAILS
D. A. | Mitchell, SD | August 03, 2015

I had forgotten until this run of Classics how in the old days Trudeau used to vary little details in the strip, requiring a second reading to look for what changed panel-to-panel. Not so much in today's strip (as near as I can tell anyway) but last Thursday's is a good example. I appreciate the extra level of entertainment this playfulness provides.

PERFECT
Charlie Bing | Edmonton, CANADA | August 02, 2015

"...A failed executive, a retired neurosurgeon, and a celebrity clown."?!? Today's strip is perfect, just effing perfect.

VOTING FRAUD
Big Guy | Forest Hills, NY | July 31, 2015

Between 2000 and 2010, out of more than a billion votes cast in federal, state, and local elections, ten people were convicted of in-person voting fraud at the polls. If this trend continues, that means that in the 2016 election three people may commit in-person voting fraud. Republicans so care for our country that they want to inconvenience 30,000,000+ people and send away 3,000,000+ potential voters from the polls to prevent those three people from committing voting fraud. They say we should all be grateful because the Republican Party cares so much for all of us.

TRADITION
Edward Cherlin | Columbus, IN | July 31, 2015

Ah, Duke continues that fine old American tradition of kicking Haiti when it is down, begun when Thomas Jefferson went in with France on the embargo and crippling reparations that turned the Jewel of the Caribbean into a complete ecological disaster. Just because they had the first and indeed only successful slave rebellion, at the cost of half the population. No matter how much you think you know about the Haitian disaster, it turns out to be worse.

NOTHING
Grant H. | Hamilton, CANADA | July 29, 2015

Re: JIM CROW AND THE GOP. Doonesbury has nothing to apologize for. Anyone actually interested in the issue can find the number of cases of voter fraud could be counted on two hands with a few missing fingers. Simply reaching offices that issue a driver's license can be arduous without a car in the U.S. (where I lived for nine years). The relevant policies of course disadvantage the poor, who are likely to vote Democrat. Keep up the fine work. Good for you for publishing your critics.

JIM CROW AND THE GOP
Janet Massa | Summerville, SC | July 29, 2015

Sunday's strip about Jim Crow and the GOP was vile and revolting. As a Conservative Republican I take great offense at the inference that I am a racist. Voter ID laws are not to keep people from voting. They are to ensure that the people that step up to vote are who they say they are. If it is good enough for Mexico it is good enough for the USA. ID is required for many things these days. Requiring it for voting is a good thing. You should publish a retraction for generalizing that all Republicans are racists trying to prevent people from doing their civic duty by voting.

BIG FAN
Randy | Silicon Valley, CA | July 29, 2015

Is the possibility too far-fetched to wonder if The Donald is actually a double agent working for the Democrats? As a hard core Democrat, I've become a big fan.

Editor's Note:

 Florida Rep. Carlos Curbelo voiced the same theory, calling Trump "A phantom candidate recruited by the Left to create this entire political circus." His supporting evidence: "Trump has a close friendship with Bill and Hillary Clinton."

GIFT HORSE
Edward Cherlin | Columbus, IN | July 29, 2015

On the Gift Horse: Timeo Illum Donaldum et dona ferentis? (Do I fear The Donald bearing gifts?) I think not. The most recent polling from CNN just this last Sunday shows Bernie crushing Trump in the general, 58-38, and previous polls showed Hillary winning by even more. Unskew that, Republicans.

CLASSICS
McAlvie | Baltimore, MD | July 28, 2015

I'm enjoying the Doonesbury Classics strips very much! Today we get Zonker, Mike and J.J., back when Mike and J.J. were still together. Poor Mike. Who would have thought B.D. and Boopsie would be the couple who stayed together? But I digress... Am I the only one concerned about who keeps eating the toast !?

SAD
Ian | Frankfurt, GERMANY | July 26, 2015

The gift horse is actually the entire Republican Party. Trump's current success is just an indication of how weak their candidates are. It's a sad reflection on the Republicans that so many of them actually want a brash businessmen like Trump to get the nod over oddballs like Rick Perry and Rand Paul. Is that all that 50% of American voters get to choose from?