For Better or For Worse by Lynn Johnston

For Better or For Worse

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  1. Downundergirl

    Downundergirl said, almost 3 years ago

    well, my mother refused to let me dress up as a hippy. Same old- same old no matter what generation!

  2. kfccanada

    kfccanada said, almost 3 years ago

    Boy George had a really smooth and calming voice. That song was a favorite of mine.

  3. flagmichael

    flagmichael said, almost 3 years ago

    Of the three imminent unrestricted nuclear war events of the last half of the 20th century, the only one that was publicly known at the time was the Cuban Missile Crisis in October 1962. That was the closest Canada has ever been to nuclear annihilation and known about it publicly. That preceded the “make love not war” slogan by 5 years. I don’t understand the reference.

  4. Thomas Scott Roberts

    Thomas Scott Roberts GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    Or did the ‘anger’ reaction have more to do with Elizabeth’s punk costume? Couple with the traditional ‘previous generation’s bafflement with the next.’

  5. Ransom D Stone

    Ransom D Stone said, almost 3 years ago

    Thanks for the interesting background notes. Spot on.

  6. Thomas Scott Roberts

    Thomas Scott Roberts GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    Right. Foolish not to want to encourage even more weapons that destroy the entire world many times over. Anyone remember the old nuclear arms race analogy of the two cavemen who keep piling up bigger and bigger mounds of clubs against each each other? Of course, it kind of fell apart when you remembered that clubs, without being wielded, do little, But a bomb is a bomb at all times.

  7. hippogriff

    hippogriff said, almost 3 years ago

    howtheduck: Remember the evil triumvirate well: Maggie, Ronnie, and Moronie.

  8. D W

    D W GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    However, don’t forget that during the 80’s the US led the buildup of military in Europe. This could be what the reference is to, but again it is forgetting the Vietnam war during their childhood period. This European buildup was based on the belief that a war with Russia was imminent at the time. At the height of build up, there were approximately 300,000 US service members in Europe. The area thought to be the planned route of attack was through the Fulda gap. On one side, the Russians had several divisions stationed, with the US having similar numbers. Part of the US defense was to heavily mine the area, in the event of an attack, to slow the Russian advance. There is book out regarding this information that is interesting.

  9. GrizzlyGary

    GrizzlyGary said, almost 3 years ago

    The Hippie generation taught MY generation a lot: Drugs is Great, personal responsibility is a myth, and hate the military/police because they risk their lives for us.

    As the Hippies slip into drug induced dementia, hopefully my generation will right the wrongs of their colossal screw ups.

  10. Old Timer

    Old Timer GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    @D W

    Yes it was a big buildup, it was called “The Cold War” was it not.
    Both sides had enough weaponry to annihilate the entire world’s population many times over. As a result both sides knew that war was futile, and guess what? Yep war was avoided.

  11. Hawthorne

    Hawthorne said, almost 3 years ago

    “We have yet to see if Elly prevents little LIzzie from wearing her punk rocker outfit, but we have already seen that Elly forced Michael to be Sherlock Holmes and not Boy George.”

    Parental prerogative. That’s a parent’s job: to make decisions on behalf of children, in their best interest.

    Would I let my child dress as a punk rocker for Hallowe’en? Yeah, I might – but that might be wrong, in the long term.

    The kids don’t make the rules. Parents make them, and others need to butt out.

    Either butt out, or quit blaming parents for the failures of children and sabotaging their efforts by criticizing their efforts loudly in front of those children.

    You can’t have it both ways.

  12. Hawthorne

    Hawthorne said, almost 3 years ago


    “Canada was heavily involved in the war in other ways than militarily.”

    Apart, of course, from the boys who eagerly migrated south of the border to enlist. There were a good many Canadians serving in the US Military in Viet Nam.

  13. Hawthorne

    Hawthorne said, almost 3 years ago

    “Why are kids so angry?
    Could it be that they have parents like the Pattersons??”

    More likely that they’ve been relentlessly told by the schools and the media that their parents are cruel, brutal and incompetent, and their resentment and anti social behaviour is well justified.

    They haven’t got a hope, because even if they have competent, loving parents, they have been turned against them before they are old enough to ride a bicycle.

    Their anger is earned behaviour, taught by the system.

  14. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago


    There were a good many Canadians serving in the US Military in Viet Nam.

    I’m gonna go out on a limb & guess there were a lot more Americans who went to Canada in order to avoid enlisting. Upwards of 50,000 trying to avoid the jungle…

  15. route66paul

    route66paul said, almost 3 years ago

    While hippies and that generation had their problems, they showed the true American way, freedom, pursuit of happiness and abhorrence for involuntary servitude(the draft).
    Finishing what other countries have started against the US is one thing, but forcing Americans to be in harm’s way for a police action, is a whole different thing.
    I fully support anyone who wants to do so and feel that we owe them plenty, but that was their choice.

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