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FEMINISTS
Margaret Delgatty | Vancouver, CANADA | June 02, 2015

I'd be more impressed with the comment about feminists in burning buildings and sinking boats if it had cited even one real-world incident. Doonesbury is a cartoon, and even here there's no indication that it's herself Honey is concerned with saving...

PRIVILEGE
Richard Whitehouse | London, UK | June 02, 2015

Women first? I thought that Honey was a communist and a feminist. It's funny that you never find a feminist in a burning building or a sinking boat. At the first sign of trouble, feminine privilege kicks in and they expect to be rescued as a priority.

PARTICLE ACCELERATOR
Edward Cherlin | Columbus IN | May 31, 2015

Not many students outside the physics department were aware that Yale's Wright Laboratory under D. Allan Bromley ran the highest-energy tandem Van de Graaf heavy ion accelerator in the world from 1958 to 2011. It was still open for tours until last November.

AFTER THE WAR
Floyd Kermode | Melbourne, AUSTRALIA | May 30, 2015

I'm loving the Phred cartoons currently running in the 40-years-ago section of the Flashbacks page. It's a little-recognized achievement that Trudeau took the Vietnamese seriously, and continued following the adventures of their country after the war ended. Too many accounts of that war focused exclusively on the U.S. side. Trudeau shows the country getting on with life after victory, affectionately but warts-and-all. Well done!

POOR HONEY
Derek Stenfield | Maxwell, CA | May 29, 2015

Poor Honey. Of all the Doonesbury characters, she has had the roughest ride. The storyline we are revisiting right now (which ends badly) only takes up one sentence in her five-paragraph biography of disasters. I doubt we've ever seen her smile.

FORGOTTEN
Tom Thomas | U.S. of A. | May 26, 2015

I had forgotten that "Oriental" was once an acceptable term for Asian.

TEARS
Ted Whitham | Bangor, ME | May 26, 2015

I burst into tears when Andy died 25 yrs ago on Sunday. So silly. I knew it was coming.

WAR TOURISM
Rev. Dr. Bob Faser | TASMANIA | May 25, 2015

The 1980s was a time when I lost contact with the denizens of Walden. I was living in Australia (as I still do), where the only paper that carried the strip was Mr. Murdoch's The Australian. I only reconnected with Doonesbury via its website in the dot-com era. As a result, I never knew of Duke's involvement with Falklands War tourism. I'm looking forward to the rest of this storyline.

HYPOTHETICAL
Raymond Wells | Ellensburg, WA | May 24, 2015

Because I had written this for my blog earlier this week, I particularly appreciated your hypothetical press announcement today.

THE OPEN BOAT
Edward Cherlin | Columbus, IN | May 24, 2015

Stephen Crane's short story The Open Boat begins, "None of them knew the color of the sky." The survivors of a real-life shipwreck, including Crane, were totally focused on the waves that threatened to swamp their little lifeboat at every moment. But our Republicans are perfectly happy for us all to be swamped. Some of us have been saying for years now that President Obama should come out in favor of breathing.

NOT FUNNY
Ed Pervin | Orlando, FL | May 24, 2015

Last week every Republican senator voted for Obama's secret Trans-Pacific Partnership treaty. Mitch McConnell led the support for the bill, while Elizabeth Warren opposed it. So today's strip is not true, and therefore not funny.

THE OPPORTUNITIES
Alex | U.S. of A. | May 22, 2015

I can't stop laughing -- in a sad, sad way -- over the notion of Zonker the soon-to-be graduate going to a job fair choked with big-name companies. The grads coming out into the "real world" now are in for not just an eye-opening experience, they're in for a rip-your-eyelids-clean-off-your-head experience: salaries are down, jobs are scarce, pensions are going away, the planet's heating up, and our political leaders are, frankly, not even close to being able to cope. Let's all have a good laugh at Zonker. In 10 more years, I wonder how many people with freshly-printed diplomas will want to shake him by the throat for not appreciating the opportunities he had.

ZONKER'S PLAN
Rod Paynter | Vancouver, CANADA | May 21, 2015

Re Zonker's plan: What if everyone did that? The world would be a much pleasanter place.

MIKE AND KIM
Monica Bilotta | Catania, ITALY | May 21, 2015

I inherited the passion for Doonesbury from my father's comics, but I never got to know how Mike and Kim met. Can you please help me fill in this gap? Thank you very much

Editor's Note:

 With pleasure. We take you back to Seattle in the winter of 1996...

TOAST
Claude P. Bowie, Jr. | Olive Branch, MS | May 20, 2015

In the last panel of today's strip, i notice that the toast has popped up but the toaster handle is still down. How can this be??

OSHKOSH, B'GOSH!
Dean Mitchell | Sardine Creek, OR | May 20, 2015

Today's is indeed a classic strip; my favorite character wearing my favorite work clothes. OshKosh, b'gosh!

JENNER
David Ferrier | Edmonton, CANADA | May 20, 2015

In today's 35-years-ago Flashback strip I enjoyed the reference to Bruce Jenner, who was a Wheaties-cereal-box-featured athlete after winning the Olympic gold medal in the decathlon in 1976.

RECRUITMENT
Terry D. McGee | Sydney, AUSTRALIA | May 17, 2015

I think today's Walden Uni "recruitment of applications to fail" would make a funny premise for a series.

I WONDER
Steve Bailey | Jacksonville Beach FL | May 16, 2015

Doing the math, Jeff is now about 32 years old. I wonder why senior citizens Rick and Joanie are still letting this loser sponge off them.

A LITTLE RESPECT
Ed Gosnell | Columbus, OH | May 16, 2015

Both Jeff and J.J. strike me as being highly underrated. Jeff was certainly in some very dangerous situations in Afghanistan and muddled through somehow; and writing a highly successful novel is certainly a major accomplishment. And in the case of J.J., any artist who can support herself with her work is not to be sneered at. Also, if I remember correctly, she was awarded a MacArthur Genius Grant, albeit with a little help from Mike. Nonetheless, she obviously is not without talent. Both tend to be their own worst enemies; but both have been uncommonly successful in their own way and deserve at least a little respect.