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NEVER NOTICED
Dane Winberg | Pueblo, CO | January 15, 2015

Oh, look...I never noticed before. Mike had the innocent eyes back then.

ORIGINAL SIN
Alan Richtmyer | Brooklyn, NY | January 14, 2015

"Live in them. This is just borrowed." Mike's original sin.

J.J.'S CHARMS
Jahn Ghalt | Anchorage, AK | January 14, 2015

So! Mike "lives" in leathers!  It's plain that he is not immune to J.J.'s charms -- and is willing to lie through his teeth to impress her.

COOL
Clifton Tinker | San Antonio, TX | January 13, 2015

I just wanted to send you a note of thanks for all your years of Doonesbury. I have followed it almost since the very beginning, and it is my favorite comic strip of all time. Of course, I wish for you to live the life you want, but selfishly I hope you never retire from drawing at least the Sunday strip. In any case, I think that you have contributed greatly to the national discussion of our culture, and I thank you for that. Plus, your graphics keep getting better and more adventuresome in the Sunday strip. Cool.

THE RESULT
Curtis Burga | Mustang, OK | January 12, 2015

Okay, so Mike and J.J. didn't work out in the end, but the result was still Alex!

J.J. MEETS MIKE
Pelly | Chicago, IL | January 12, 2015

J.J. meets Mike? Run away! Run away!

STONER MENTALITY
Tony Phillips | Chicago, IL | January 10, 2015

GBT really nailed stoner mentality with his characterization of Zeke -- a kind of blank numbness of denial, not unlike The Big Lebowski. Since he wrote today's strip, this quality has gradually seeped throughout the breadth of the culture.

FASHION
Tim Morton | Leicester, UK | January 10, 2015

I'm not usually known for my fashion comments, but my sisters had those fringed woven bags like the one that J.J. is rocking as she phones home.

THE FIRE
John Ghalt | Anchorage, AK | January 09, 2015

"My guess is that it was a marijuana joint [that started the fire]." If it weren't for Zeke confessing to having had "a small accident" that guess would not be a good one. Left unattended, cigars and "marijuana joints" stop burning. Cigarettes are treated to keep burning (try it sometime). Butts are routinely tossed. Roaches are saved.

SIX OF EIGHT
Donanon | Sausalito, CA | January 08, 2015

It's Duke Day on the Flashbacks page! Six of eight strips feature the irrepressible Doctor/Father/Ambassador/Captain/Mailbagger/Maximum Proconsul!

VETERANS
Mike Brant | Antelope, CA | January 08, 2015

I served in the Navy for six years. I did it for the GI Bill, which was taken from me as soon as I mustered out. Yes, we sued and eventually got a tiny piece back, but it was too little and far too late for me. I don't need or want thanks, I just want a fair deal, and America cheats veterans wholesale.

DISGUSTED
Angela Shiraishi | Stafford, VA | January 07, 2015

As the daughter of a vet, niece of a vet, cousin of a vet, and sister of a Reservist I am disgusted by the way this country treats its service members both current and retired. If you really want to thank a Vet for their service, demand that our government compensate on a sliding scale according to service length and rank every single veteran for the rest of their lives, from the lowliest PFC to the highest ranked General. Provide housing and medical care for them and their immediate family for free -- the vet and spouse for life, the children until adulthood or college graduation. Provide any and all education vets want for the rest of their lives for free. And don't ever ask them to pay taxes again. Anyone who volunteers to take a bullet for our country deserves nothing less, and perhaps if we made that kind of commitment to take care of our service members we would not be so eager to send them off to senseless wars.

ZEKE
Old Bear | Baltimore, MD | January 06, 2015

What does anyone, including J.J., see in Zeke?

THANK YOU
Shelley | Meota, CANADA | January 06, 2015

I've been reading a lot of comments from vets who are angry at being thanked for their service. I am a vet of the Canadian armed forces and am a child and grandchild of vets. All i ever wanted to do was serve my country. I never did it for thanks or someone else's gratitude. I did it because i believe in service to the country that nurtures and protects you, even if it does drop the ball on that one sometimes.

In Canada we are a nation of volunteers and we try our best to keep the peace. When someone thanks me for my service i just smile and thank them for their gratitude. Sometimes it's the only way people feel they can help. It isn't always enough, but it may be all they have. So from one vet to all those out there, thank you for my freedoms, and to those who gave all and are the true heroes, please know that i honour you every day and thank you for the sacrifice.

I'VE HAD IT WITH YOU
Steve Bailey | Jacksonville Beach, FL | January 06, 2015

"That does it, Zeke! I've had it with you!" If only...

SERVED IN KOREA
John T. Jones, Ph.D. | Buhl, ID | January 05, 2015

I served in 1951-52 in the Korean War, a so-called "police action." The American people had just closed WWII and they had no room for another war where their younger children could be killed or maimed. The Korean War is called "The Forgotten War," but it wasn't forgotten by America, it was ignored. We fought with junk from WWII, our radios didn't work -- the good ones were in Europe -- our trucks were crap (we captured two good Lend Lease Russian trucks which the army took from us), the clothing we needed for winter was slow in coming, ammunition was limited.

When I got home, most people didn't even know I had been in Korea, and couldn't have cared less. Unlike the Vietnam vets who were spat upon, we were just ignored. Nowadays, big corporations are always harping on how they love vets. Bull on "Thank you for your service." Everybody is saying it, some sincerely, but it is not needed. I prefer being ignored. There is only one reason why vets are honored now. it is because of the Veteran's organizations who held Veterans Day programs in high school auditoriums and parks.

For some time large restaurant chains have been feeding vets on Veterans Day. I missed once at the Golden Coral in Twin Falls and the manager noted that and gave me his card saying I was to be fed the next time I came in. This year I ate at Denny's, where you have to pay for the drink. The vet next to me, a regular army vet, paid for my drink. I could have eaten ten meals in Twin Falls that day, as everybody is feeding the vets nowadays. That is better than, "Thank you for your service!" Maybe someday we will be able to get a significant discount on a Toyota. But I don't expect the big corporations will start giving handouts to vets unless they see there is big money in that.

I don't know of any war since WWII that was actually protecting the American public. We were not fighting for America in Korea. I have gone back to Korea a couple of times, and the Korean people have always honored me. Why? Because that was who I was fighting for. Most of our military in Korea knew nothing about Korean heritage and history. Most were drafted, like in the Vietnam War, and just wanted to get home. It is true that we fought for each other. So now, we are all heroes because the propaganda says so. We are Big Business. Corporations have taken over sports, even college sports, and they have taken over us. Now, how are we doing with wounded returning vets crippled for life, some flat on their backs for years on end? The American people are asked to help these vets. I refuse. The government got these people maimed for life while playing their stupid war games. If I have to pay for it, that is where I want my tax money to go. Yes, I'm an angry old man in Idaho.

DID THE JOB
David Huntington | Katy, TX | January 05, 2015

I too, am a Viet Nam era vet. I spent my time in the Air Force (which I joined to avoid the draft) in Texas and Germany. I am uncomfortable with people that thank me for my service. I signed on, to do a job, for pay, I did the job, got paid, and do not feel that I did anything that merits a "Thank you."

WHAT IS A HERO?
Mike Meloy | Long Beach, WA | January 05, 2015

Re NAILED IT: "I'm not a hero." What is a hero? Someone who does the right thing at deep personal risk. As a Nam Vet, you did your duty. (Your Purple Heart shows that you paid a higher price than most.) There were those who, through cowardice or circumstance, evaded theirs. As a Viet Nam Era Vet, I have to concede that by that same definition, some of those (likely quite few) who fled to Canada were also heroes, heroes who have had to live with the same bittersweet combination of pride and doubt that what they did actually was "the right thing." So, politics, morality, and the opinions of the ignorant aside, when your country called on you, you put it all out there and fulfilled your obligations. So what if you survived? You are still a hero!

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.