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  • HOPE

    Mary Nicolay | West Melbourne, FL | June 10, 2018

    I just want to thank you for sharing your humor, intelligence, empathy and concern for all Americans. When It seems things cannot be changed, that we are living in total chaos, your perspective lightens the mood and gives us hope.

  • HONEST PRESIDENTS

    Edward Cherlin | Columbus, IN | June 10, 2018

    I'm sorry, we voted for honest presidents? Many times? Would you remind me? JFK, affairs; LBJ, Vietnam; Nixon, Watergate; Ford, no we didn't vote for him; Carter, Afghanistan; Reagan & Bush, Iran-Contra; Clinton, numerous women and the dotcom bubble; W, Iraq WMD; Obama, going after the torturers; Hillary, Bill's wom...oh, sorry, Trump got in, didn't he. Okay: Trump, everything. Or as Mark Slackmeyer once said, "That's guilty! Guilty, guilty, guilty!!"

  • SANITY

    Rosemay A. Wall | West Hartford, CT | June 10, 2018

    Your strip today moved me to tears. Thank you for the sanity you brought to so many of us appalled by the current White House occupant. I hope this imperiled country can make it to 2020.

  • AMEN

    Brendan Nichols | South of Jefferson, OR | June 10, 2018

    On today's strip: Amen. Great sermon, brother. Brilliant imagery, both visual and ethical. The leaders we bear in our American Democratic Republic are a reflection of the state of our Union. We the People are responsible for them, and it, whether we have been or not. We all bleed the same color. We all laugh and cry over the same circumstances. We all love and despise the same basic things, regardless of what details may differ. Most importantly, we each are members of the same human family. Dumb can be a poor decision, but stupid is its careless repetition: Dumb is readily forgivable, stupid begs rejection. May God bless those who love us, and those who hate us: May God forgive us all !

  • PERFECT

    Elizabeth Kuhn | Visalia, CA | June 10, 2018

    Today's Doonesbury strip was perfect! I sent it on to the president.

  • CANDIDACY

    Alan Appelbaum | Mount Kisco, NY | June 10, 2018

    Thanks for Norm, for whom we will all vote. I hope there will be bumper stickers, buttons, and lawn signs. This could be a unifying candidacy.

  • IRRELEVANT

    R.M. | US of A | June 10, 2018

    That someone does or does not "worship a loving god" is entirely irrelevant to their being a decent person. To imply, in today's strip, that it's required in a "normal" person or president is bigoted.

  • CHARACTERISTICS

    Dave | Elmira, NY | June 10, 2018

    In today's strip, I'm sure there are a thousand characteristics you could have listed, but here's one I hope for: "I'm an adult, and I act like it."

  • VALUES AND BEHAVIORS

    Linda Weinberg | Anmore, CANADA | June 10, 2018

    Thank you for today. Current events in the US are so destructive and destabilizing that watching the evening news is painful. Your message is a good reminder that there are millions of US citizens who model the values and behaviors that we expect in our leaders.

  • NORM 2020

    Will Hutchings | Happy Valley - Goose Bay, CANADA | June 10, 2018

    I don't think it's too early to crowdfund a "Norm 2020" campaign.

  • FAVORITE

    D.L.S., M.D. | Newtown Square, PA | June 08, 2018

    Today's five-years-ago strip is my favorite in the entire canon.

  • MIT Ph.D.s

    Roger Webb | Little Rock, AR | June 08, 2018

    As a Ph.D. who tries to go by Mr., I enjoyed the 5-years-ago-today strip with a bunch of MIT Ph.D.s looking for "a real doctor."

  • IRONY

    Bob Faser | Hobart, AUSTRALIA | June 07, 2018

    Excellent juxtaposition on the website today. In the "Say What?" column, there was Rudy Giuliani describing KJ-U on all fours, begging. In the strip itself, there was J.J. in modified bondage gear. Irony, thy name is Doonesbury!

  • PROGRESS?

    Amphibious | Donegal, IRELAND | June 07, 2018

    I was looking forward to J.J. answering to door to B.D. -- if memory serves , that strip was pulled from a huge proportion of the journals back in the day. Progress?

  • DAILY BRIEFING ARTICLE

    Melinda Capozza | Huntington, IN | June 05, 2018

    I read the Daily Briefing article "There Is No Deus Ex Machina Clause In The Constitution," and I suspect Laurence Tribe is right. We can't impeach Trump, even if we get more Democrats or Independents elected this fall. But what I'm hearing from the White House is a president who thinks he's immune from the laws that other U.S. citizens obey. I think Donald Trump is a megalomaniac, with powers he won't control, and that scares me.

  • DIRECT QUESTION

    Chris | Saint Augustine, FL | June 05, 2018

    On Sunday, Roland asked Sarah Sanders a direct question and got a blow-off answer. Yesterday, several people asked the direct question about the discrepancy between her statements and the letter from Trump's lawyers, and asked how she could be trusted to be telling the truth -- and she gave a prepared, blow-off answer. GBT is timely, once again.

  • NOTEBOOK

    Terry D. McGee | Sydney, AUSTRALIA | June 03, 2018

    I often make up a little headline for a strip – in today's case, “Roland asks a little protocol question.” As we can see in the last panel, Roland didn’t realise he’d hit the point; he was just neating up his notebook – which he has nicknamed his “Neatness is next to Godliness Book." I wonder what other wonders and questions could be lurking in that notebook.

  • VIDEOS

    Rabbi Joel Berman | Anaheim, CA | May 31, 2018

    I've been following this page for a couple of years now, and all I can say is Thank God for it. I really enjoy a lot of the videos and marvel at how eclectic they are. Stay on line as long as possible! Net neutrality forever!

  • WALDEN

    Edward Cherlin | Columbus, IN | May 27, 2018

    A fortune-cookie commencement address is so Walden.

  • A NEWSPAPER

    Margaret Delgatty | Vancouver, CANADA | May 25, 2018

    Looking for a wedding chapel in a newspaper? How quaint! How do those internet-less days seem so recent, and yet so long ago?