Doonesbury by Garry Trudeau


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  1. Bensondonald

    Bensondonald GoComics PRO Member said, over 5 years ago

    A refrigerator door strip for a lot of parents. But absolutely consistent with these characters, right down to the delayed-fuse punchline.

  2. Lewreader

    Lewreader said, over 5 years ago

    Ya mean I was poor? Spring break meant hopefully a few extra shifts while I tried to finish my papers. Sleeping in would come with grad school.

  3. Doughfoot

    Doughfoot said, over 5 years ago

    I never skipped a class, though I’ll admit I never thought of class time as precious, either.

    The most important point of being in college was to learn what classes could teach. True enough. But that isn’t the only point of being in college. A student leaving college is supposedly better prepared to deal with life in the ‘real world’ than students just leaving high school.

    THAT part of a college education is often neglected by institutions of higher education today, in part because college administrations have been put into such an awkward position. They are no longer standing ‘in loco parentis’ for their students, but they are not yet regarded as mere landlords providing room and board for students.

    Another aspect of our schizophrenia social norms: you’re old enough to vote, and to fight and die for your country, but not old enough to drink.

    And you, ma’am, are now fully and equally accepted as a member of the workforce, but we expect you to be a good homemaker and a mother too. You may do it all! But that doen’t mean you can do it all. We make no attempt, as a society, to create the infrastructure to enable you to do it all, but maintain attitudes and structures that punish you for attempting to do it all, or ensure that you are only partly successful at work or at home unless you are willing to sacrifice the one for the other.

    We want a great and powerful military ‘to protect us’ but we don’t want to have to pay for it. Or anything else, for that matter.

    But I digresss …

  4. Sandfan

    Sandfan GoComics PRO Member said, over 5 years ago

    It seems that every time GT bases the strip in Leo’s trailer, the comments section abounds with lame shots at “trailer park” living. My experiences in trailer parks and upscale subdivisions has shown me that the only significant difference is the price of the homes.

  5. Avolunteer

    Avolunteer GoComics PRO Member said, over 5 years ago

    well said sandfan; and many times the ones who are living in the trailer parks appreciate what they do have much better, and help each other out a lot more.

  6. woowie

    woowie said, over 5 years ago

    There’s the big difference between these two! But, then again, what’s wrong with having a snow day now and then?

  7. 3hourtour

    3hourtour GoComics PRO Member said, over 5 years ago because of Wall Street,being poor is considered to be a flaw..growing up poor(in the good ol’ days:-) ,my,and many many other parents,did not let poor be an excuse for anything.We studied hard,were polite,did not steal(or covet),we worked and played hard.Poor didn’t seem poor.Oh,there were times when I had beat up holy clothes,didn’t wear the lastest fashions..but those were social lessons in themselves.You learned how to be thankful.

    A cousin spent three weeks in Europe…something I could not even dream of doing…and because he had been everywhere,he hated it:HATED IT! Meanwhile ,we did a weekend at Cedar Point,spent the night in a cheap hotel next to a rail road track and on the way home,the seven of us,watched the jets take off at Cleveland Hopkins Airport and ride the rapid transit.It was not only one of the greatest vacations I ever had,but one of the happiest memories of my life.

    I cry over the A-typical-Wall Street head bangers.They have nothing to be thankful for.Pursuing a dream of tread mill riches and wind mill power….

    …For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul????

    ..and by forfeiting your soul,my brother and sister,I don’t mean the existential after death variety…I mean your day to day life…

    …something to think about..can I get an amen?!?

  8. SCAATY_423

    SCAATY_423 said, over 5 years ago


  9. Lingeewhiz

    Lingeewhiz said, over 5 years ago

    Actually doughfoot, you are giving too much responsibility to others…….. really, it is just about each individual taking RESPONSIBILITY for their actions and just MATURING into the differing roles that we will each step into during different phases of our lives. No person is perfect. Life itself is a learning process. Chill, man!

  10. Neo Blakkrstal

    Neo Blakkrstal said, over 5 years ago

    Amen 3hourtour, Amen and again Amen.

  11. Neo Blakkrstal

    Neo Blakkrstal said, over 5 years ago

    I was unable to complete college because of family obligations, I did not attend right out of high school but many years later after marriage and the birth of our first child. While I was in school I worked a full time job, at night, and my wife would help me study. It was difficult but I managed to succeed in school because I worked at it. I learned alot, and not all book learning. I matured a great deal and learned what it meant to work hard at something and persever. I was a different person. Stronger and more mature. Better prepared for real life in spite of not having finished. That, to me, is worth far more than the book learning I received in class. I count myself lucky to have attended at all. These kids today that blow off classes and drink their college away make me sick. They have no gratitude for what their parents have slaved away to give them. And what makes me more ill is that these brats will come out of school with a degree, that they haven’t earned, without any knowledge gained from it, and end up being my bosses because I was unable to finish because I accepted the responsibilities that had been given to me to take care of my family.

  12. Craig Linder

    Craig Linder said, over 5 years ago


    Many years ago, I hitchhiked across the U.S. and I found that it was the people who had the least to give–materially speaking–who offered me the most. I was rarely offered a ride by wealthy folks. And even though many of the people who did offer me rides were themselves having to work hard to make ends meet, they often insisted on letting me stay with them and providing a meal despite my offering to pay or help in some way as compensation.

    I stayed in a few trailer parks and have only memories of kindness and community.

  13. LocoOwl

    LocoOwl said, over 5 years ago

    A big “AMEN!” for 3hour….

  14. woowie

    woowie said, over 5 years ago

    Neo Blakkrstal I give you a thumbs up! And, in addition, to becoming your bosses these young ones will treat those who are more mature and learned, such as yourself, as if we are stupid because we don’t maybe toggle between screens on a computer!

  15. Justice22

    Justice22 said, over 5 years ago

    People are who they are, regardless of wealth, status, race or religion. As said above, often the people with the least to give are the ones who give the most. Sometimes this is not necessarily in material things either. My most memorable days were spent in a neighborhood which shared everything, good and bad. Greed didn’t exist. Unfortunately that neighborhood doesn’t either.

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