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CONSISTENT
Martin Herman | Winter Park, FL | November 27, 2013

Garry, thank you so much for the smile and chuckle you've brought to me on an amazingly consistent level for last many decades. You never disappoint.

DUKE'S HOUSE
Chris Tybur | Seattle, WA | November 25, 2013

Ha! Duke's house in Aspen has seen almost as much action as Walden.

TOO YOUNG
Nogpo | Fraser, CO | November 25, 2013

Oh no! Adult eyes on Boopsie's daughter? She is too young!

Editor's Note:

 Sam's coming of age seemed to happen in the blink of an eye.

UNEMPLOYED BIOLOGIST
B.T.H. | Washington, D.C. | November 22, 2013

Unemployed biologist here. Thanks for the cartoon highlighting some of the negative impacts that federal budget cuts are having on scientists! When it came to writing about PTSD and the domestic impacts of the Iraq/Afghanistan wars, Doonesbury brought these issues to the forefront waaaaay earlier than most normal journalistic channels. Hopefully they'll follow your lead on this too and start reporting about how badly science and scientists are suffering in this country. Or maybe U.S. scientists should go out "Breaking Bad" style?

OUT OF TOUCH
Larry Sloan | Nevada, IA | November 21, 2013

As for today's strip: If that's what you have taken away from this whole mess, you'd better take another sabbatical. You're completely out of touch with reality.

GREAT DAY
Mrs. Z. | San Diego, CA | November 21, 2013

This is a great day! I feel as if my kids are home for the holidays and they want to actually visit. Thanks, Mr Trudeau. We really missed you!

ADAGE
Darrell | Albequerque, NM | November 21, 2013

Today's strip reminds me of the old adage about not cutting your nose off to spite your face.

COMMENTARY
Rosie's Nana | Orlando, FL | November 21, 2013

Oh, GBT, thank God you're back! While the Flashbacks were a wonderful trip down Memory Lane, having your daily commentary on what's happening out there is life-sustaining! Today's "Political Recap" is absolutely on the money and pretty much sums up the state of our government. Welcome back ... we've missed you.

VIET NAM DAYS
Martin Greene | New York, NY | November 20, 2013

I been watching Doonesbury since Viet Nam days. Thank you, Garry, for keeping it up!

A WONDROUS CHORE
Tim Shephard | Vancouver, CANADA | November 20, 2013

It's hard to imagine any mother of twins with a husband who is going to school and trying to work and dealing with TBI giving up assistance from their parents. Twins are a tonne of work, and this is what family is all about. Children are a wondrous chore to be shared with loved ones -- not jealously guarded. Alex, even accounting for all her insecurities about men and her crazy mom, would know better to leverage the wisdom of Kim and her Dad when it comes to this sort of thing. It's also not the greatest of lesson to teach to the next generation. Grandparents are our greatest resource. I'm quite disappointed the condo was flipped. What a mercantile conclusion to a beautiful subplot.

MANNA
Peter D. Mikkelsen | Pasco, WA | November 19, 2013

The genius of GBT's Doonesbury is like manna from heaven! In today's four-panel strip, Alex's career path succinctly explains how so-called "conservative" economic policies are killing American innovation -- the apocryphal hypocrisy of the "pro business conservatives" has been revealed.

YAY!
Sue Lester | Comstock Park, MI | November 19, 2013

I just want to add my thanks to the Duty Officer for keeping things fresh while GBT was busy. Also...YAY!! New strips.

TOUGH
J. Doe | Peoria, IL | November 19, 2013

You are singing the song of my people. My spouse is an employee of the federal government. The budget freeze, sequestration, and shutdown have been tough. Now Congress is out to cut back benefits, but a lot of folks traded lower public-sector wages for the security of benefits and retirement. Finding another job at fifty will be tough, but we're looking. And welcome back. We missed you.

GOBBLED UP
Donanon | Sausalito, CA | November 19, 2013

Though doubtless many talented scientists are out in the cold or breaking bad, Alex, with her tech chops and the PhD, would be gobbled up by Silicon Valley. Time for a plot twist!

TODAY'S ECONOMY
Blazes Spinnaker | Vancouver, CANADA | November 19, 2013

I'm a big fan, but I have to say today's strip is rather improbable. MIT Phd grads have a near 100% employment rate in today's tech economy.

ONE MORE CRACK
Pat Goudey O'Brien | Warren, VT | November 19, 2013

A friend's husband runs a research lab for Scripps in California and has been dealing with the cutback in grants for several years now, sequestration being, only one more crack at the scientists who are struggling to solve some of humanity's most critical problems. Much like the slow, slow advance of climate change, the dismantling of our excellent scientific community will not be felt in most people's day-to-day lives -- not yet, anyway. But when it is felt, it will be in more sickness, hunger, and privation, while we watch other countries race past us in ability and accomplishment. By the time it's felt in the streets (it's already felt deeply in the scientific community), it may be too late.

LONG-TERM DECLINE
Gary Winslow | Syracuse, NY | November 19, 2013

I applaud today's strip highlighting the lack of federal support for scientific research, which is occurring at all levels. The strip may give the mistaken impression, however, that the devastating deterioration in support for basic research is due to the sequestration and shutdown. While those misguided actions are indeed damaging, the decline in scientific funding has been going on for several years, and will not be alleviated simply by reversing the sequestration. The long-term decline in federal support has had a terrible impact on research laboratories throughout the US: laboratories are closing, highly-qualified investigators are retiring or leaving science, and new investigators are not being trained or are unable to find positions. Our scientific infrastructure is being damaged irreversibly, and the public seems largely ignorant of this. Many thanks for helping to bring attention to the problem, but it's not just about the sequestration.

ELITE
John Ghalt | Anchorage, AK | November 18, 2013

A MSEE and Com Sci double threat like Alex is an elite. Gals (and guys) like her don't need grants to be well-employed. Any city of moderate size has consulting engineers happy to hire a young grad like her -- even knowing full well that she'll move on withing a couple years.

HEE-WHACK!
Andrew S. Beaumont | Janesville, WI | November 18, 2013

Hee-whack, you're back! While re-runs are nice, the new stuff is even better.

THE WORLD
Alnoor Ladha | Richmond, CANADA | November 18, 2013

GBT is baaack! All will be well with the world.