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NIXON
I.J. Martin | Denver, CO | May 20, 2014

Ahh Nixon indeed. Remembering all the spying on U.S. citizens -- presidentially-mandated FBI harassment. Shoving 5/4/70 under the carpet. And God help you if you dared to take a stand against the war or anything he was in favor of. Along with his all but ignoring the fact that we even had a Constitution. Nixon was single-handedly responsible for my shift from moderate to the left, back in the day. And here we are again. The song "Now I am a Hippie Again" comes to mind.

BAMBOO FENCE
Henry Pfeil | Tucson, AZ | May 19, 2014

That bamboo fence is brilliant! Difficult to imagine how anyone can maintain that level of brilliance for forty years, yet there it is, in plain sight. 

FORGOT
Brian Harvey | Berkeley, CA | May 19, 2014

Ah, Nixon! Remember the good old days, when all a rogue president did was condone a breaking and entering, and then lie about it? And he got driven out of office for it! Those were the days... Oh, wait, I forgot about the chemical warfare against civilians (Agent Orange and napalm).

FUNNY
Nick | Tillamook, OR | May 18, 2014

Dynastic closure? Funny. But what I would like to see is closure of dynasties!

CHARMING AND ENLIGHTENING
Maryhelen Posey | Calgary, CANADA | May 15, 2014

Wonderful. Today's 40-year-old strip gives a view of the early days of Lacey's life -- quite in character with everything I already knew about her, but charming and enlightening nonetheless.

THE DAVENPORTS
Roger Webb | Little Rock, AK | May 15, 2014

Today's 40-years-ago strip is why I thought the Davenports were not actually married. Maybe Dick was just being romantic. I'm going to my 50th in two weeks, so I am freaking about the reunion strips.

VERY META
Sandra M. | Indianpolis, IN | May 14, 2014

The 8/12/1974 strip, which is today's 20-years-ago flashback-within-a-flashback (very meta), is one I will always remember. Watching the President and all his men twist and spin was a very painful experience for my 16-year-old self. I thought it then, and I can say it now; thanks GBT, for so elegantly and simply showing us the definition of "stonewalling."

BEST EVER
Bruce Denton | Galena, OH | May 12, 2014

The 5/11/14 toon may Trudeau's best ever!

MS. CAUCUS
Steve Singer | Iowa City, IA | May 12, 2014

Everyone needs something to help them get going each day. When one is 'up,' it might be family or students (I teach) or great weather, etc. But when one is down, it is good to have something in reserve. Today's four panels end with "Dare to be great, Ms. Caucus." Specifically, the cover of the eponymous collection has been my lifeline for thirty-nine years. Of course, for thirty-three of those years it has shared my desk with "Sir, I'm Worried About Your Mood Swings." Thanks, again, but not for the last time. Yesterday's effort just nailed it!

BRAVO
K. Hassall | Alberta, CANADA | May 11, 2014

Bravo, sir. Bravo. I'm off to buy a hat, that I might doff it in your direction.

PORTRAITS
Brian Morris | Kingston Upon Thames, UK | May 11, 2014

Excellent portraits in the Museum of Bush Art today. Please offer them for sale as prints, with or without Mark's helpful footnotes.

COMMENTARY
Jim Gordon | New Paltz, NY | May 11, 2014

Finally, someone stating the obvious about Putin and about Bush, who spends so much time painting because as an international war criminal he can't leave the USA. Too bad the commentary comes from a cartoonist, but at least someone is sayin' somethin' to power. The best undressing of W. since Colbert praised him in his famous dinner speech.

LIGHTBULB
Barb | Bend, OR | May 09, 2014

Baby Jesus as a 40-watt lightbulb. That's when I knew that I would read Doonesbury forever. And to my great joy, the 40-watt lightbulb made a reappearance on December 25, 2012.

ANTI-SCHOOL PEOPLE
Ed Rush | Atascadero, CA | May 08, 2014

Those anti-school people quoted in the Mudline crawl at the top of the page make my skin crawl. They exemplify the need for mental health care.

MORE THAN CONTENT
Anne Jones | Dubuque, IA | May 07, 2014

I, too, am really enjoying the reruns. I do miss Trudeau's daily take on current events and will be happy when he returns. However, right now I am more than content with the repeats. Thank you for thinking of this.

CLASSIC STRIPS
Steve | US of A | May 06, 2014

I'm loving the classic strips. I started reading Doonesbury right after it went into syndication and I'm surprised how many of these I remember, even after all of these years. Per my admittedly hazy memory, it seems like we're skipping some strips. Are you fast forwarding past some stuff or are you re-running each strip in its original order?

Editor's Note:

 The Classic Doonesbury strips are appearing in order (with just a few tiny adjustments in the earliest sequences). The series began on March 3rd with the very first strip, which originally appeared on October 26, 1970, and is featuring about four weeks of strips from each year of the strip's run. This week we are finishing 1973, and next week move into 1974. You can follow along and read each year in its entirety on Gocomics.com.

HISTORY
Grant | Scituate, MA | May 05, 2014

I'm really, really enjoying the Classic Doonesbury look further back in history. During the hiatus last fall the reruns of more recent strips -- especially the Red Rascal stuff -- was too soon after their original publication. The depth of years of stuff here -- brilliant.

NEWS
James | Alexandria, VA | May 04, 2014

I hate to break it Rick, but "Boehner Seeks Rules Change" would have bombed back in the days of print, too. First rule of headline writing: What's the news? "Boehner Seeks Rules Change" isn't news. "Boehner: Limit Back-Benchers' Power" is inside baseball, but that'd be news. Or if you're at the NY Post: "Boehner To Back-Benchers: Drop Dead."

PLANE STRIP
Linda | Colchester, UK | May 04, 2014

I've been a reader since the early 80s, thanks to the Guardian. I showed the "How did you know it was an American plane?" strip to my daughter (born '84). Her response? "That could be a drone today." The more things change...

WHAT?
Edward Cherlin | Columbus, IN | May 03, 2014

What?! Facts at a Congressional hearing? And the questioner accepts them? I mean, I know it's a fantasy cartoon, but you wouldn't be able to get away with that today.