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The Last Word: Week of April 1

Editor’s Note: Gary Varvel is on vacation this week. A new cartoon will be posted the week of April 15. Here is last week’s cartoon.

Come up with your own caption …

Here are this week’s winners:

“What do you mean my loan application for a tank of gas has been denied?”
– JOE CSERNA Jr., Santa Rosa

“The only thing you’re fueling today is my anger.”

“It makes it feel more like a real robbery if I put my hands up.”

“Now I’m gonna have to increase my blood pressure meds to match the rising cost of gas.”

“Stop drilling in my wallet!”


Every week, we’ll post a new cartoon on Watch Sonoma County and invite you to write the caption. Enter the contest by posting your caption below. Vote for your favorite by clicking “thumbs up” or “thumbs down” on each entry.

PD staff will select several winners and publish them every Thursday on the Forum page in the Empire News section. Want a shot? Leave your real name and your email address for verification.

The cartoons are drawn by Gary Varvel, who has served as political cartoonist for The Indianapolis Star since 1994.

Click here to see last week’s winners.

61 Responses to “The Last Word: Week of April 1”

  1. Reality Check says:

    Whattya mean buy a Prius!

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  2. John claeys says:


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  3. AL COHEN says:

    Great, and tonights the night I teach the anger management class.

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  4. Jan Parkinson says:

    OMG! Now I’m gonna have to increase my blood pressure meds to match the rising cost of gas!

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  5. AL COHEN says:

    “Damn it,now she will expect me to WALK to the corner market.”

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  6. truth in law says:

    Gee, gas priced are increasing at the same rate as the national debt under Obama!

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  7. Dan Cohn says:

    I need a new plan, I drove 5 miles to save 2 cents a gallon for my 10 miles per gallon van.

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  8. SoCooLBob says:

    I KNOW it SUCKS … but I ran out of ideas for a good cartoon !!!

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  9. J L Anderson says:

    I just realized I’m paying for the stupid SMART train, AND $5 gas, AND the roads are turning to gravel, and Joe Biden is VP…..ARRRRRRRRRRGH!

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  10. Richard Smith says:

    These should be called,”CRUEL OIL PRICES”!

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  11. Chuck G says:

    Ok I give, I’m out of gas and I love your high gas prices!

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  12. Richard Smith says:

    These prices are why it’s called CRUDE OIL!

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  13. Chuck G says:

    Ok I give, I’m outta gas! I’ll pay the $4.29 a gallon!

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  14. Mark Bowman says:

    This is un-American! I have constitutional rights to life, liberty and low-cost transportation!

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  15. pogo bryne says:

    Velcome. My name is Volvo.

    I vant to pump you up, then pump you dry.

    Pleaze stop yelling at me, you’re hurting my fuelings.

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  16. lauren lehmann says:

    It makes it fill more like a real robbery if I put my hands up.

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  17. Canthisbe says:

    What the hell was I thinking when I voted for that idiot that said he wanted to see gas go to $7 a gallon!! He lied about everything else but this!!

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  18. James Todd says:

    “Hope & Change”? CHANGE is the ONLY thing left in my wallet after 3+ years of Obama’s energy policies!!!!

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  19. Chuck G says:

    No I refuse to sing ring around the gas pump!

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  20. Joe Cserna says:

    Fracking oil sands! I’m starting to hydrocrack myself!

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  21. AL COHEN says:

    You damn fossil fuel, it’s.about time your obsolete.

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  22. Guzzler says:


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  23. Mark Berube says:

    “I’ve lost my house, my job,and my pride.
    I ain’t got cash, grass or gas so you can just kiss my _ _ _!”

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  24. Steveguy says:

    ” Why don’t they have this pump in braille ? “

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  25. Trey Dunia says:

    I don’t HAVE another credit card! I maxed the others out LAST WEEK?

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  26. Michael Sheehan says:

    When did the 3 grades of fuel become “Gotcha,” “High Profit” and “Bend Over?”

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  27. lauren lehmann says:

    Rage against the machine!!!!

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  28. Driving Fish says:

    What! A talking gas pump! You’ll have to speak English I don’t speak Farsi!!What…is that a union label you’re flashing at me!!!30 cents a gallon for benefits!!!!!!

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  29. Michael Sheehan says:

    This is HIGHWAY ROBBERY! Especially since my V-8, 400 horse power, Family Truckster gets only 10 miles per gallon.

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  30. Kellie Ambrose says:

    The only thing you’re fueling today is my anger!

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  31. Rex D says:

    You started charging already! I just got out of my car.

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  32. Janette says:

    Outrageous! This pump makes me look fat!

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  33. AL COHEN says:

    I’ve got to go bad,and only gas buyers can use the rest room.My damn car is electric.

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  34. Kyle says:

    I need to win the MegaMillions jackpot just to pay for a week’s worth of gas!

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  35. Chuck G says:

    First they want over $4 a gallon, and now a talking gas pump, why I otta….

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  36. L Kurt Engelhart says:


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  37. Stanton Collins says:

    You can’t play in a man’s game! Hit the bricks pal and beat it ’cause you are going out!!! You’re weak. I’ve been in this business fifteen years. You got the prospects comin’ in; you think they came in to get out of the rain? Guy doesn’t walk on the lot unless he wants to buy. Sitting out there waiting to give you their money! Are you gonna take it? Are you man enough to take it? I can go out there tonight with the materials you got, make myself fifteen thousand dollars! Tonight! In two hours! Can you? Can you? Go and do likewise! Get mad!!

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  38. Richard Smith says:

    I’m mad as hell and I’m not gonna buy gas anymore! Except I need my car to go to work…and pick up the kids…and go to the store…they got me over a barrel!

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  39. Cookie Peplum says:

    I want to buy gas but my gas tank is on the other side of my car, and because of my crippling rage issues I’m just going to scream until the authorities arrive.

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  40. Michael Sheehan says:

    WHAT DO YOU MEAN “STICK ‘EM UP?” You’re not “hosing” me again, you dirty gas-spewing son of a Bowser!

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  41. J L Anderson says:

    Can’t this stupid thing pump any faster? I’ll be late for my anti-drilling protest.

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  42. J L Anderson says:

    You expect me to waste my public employees pension on these kind of outrageous prices? Let the taxpayers pick up my tab, like always!

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  43. Mark Berube says:

    “That’s it! This is highway robbery! I’ll ride a bike to buy my beer!”

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  44. I haven’t hit the jackpot on this machine YET!

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  45. We four eating Peanut butter and banana sandwiches 3 x s a day are getting boring. It’s either fill up the car or fill our stomaches

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  46. Michael Sheehan says:

    A gallon of this #%@* gas is costing me almost as much as a
    16-ounce Starbuck’s latte…it’s an outrage!

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  47. Frank Matters says:

    I can’t afford Solyndra, Ener1 EveryGreen Solar, Range Fuels etc
    no more subsidies for green backed by taxpayers

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  48. Jean Palmer says:

    Sir, today is an odd day and your license
    reads even.

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  49. Jean Palmer says:

    Okay,I surrender! It’s a Chevy Volt
    and a solar panel.

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  50. Chuck G says:

    A minimum of $200 per transaction and my credit history, are you kidding me?

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  51. Julie Ambrose says:

    This is almost enough to make me want to buy an electric car!

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  52. Richard Smith says:

    At this price someone should be washing my windshield and checking my #%@& oil!

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  53. Chris Henson says:

    “what do you mean the credit card reader is broken?”

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  54. Joe Cserna says:

    What do you mean my loan application for a tank of gas has been denied???!!

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  56. Mark Bowman says:

    Why stop with draining my bank account? Take my retirement! Take my hopes and dreams!

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  57. Richard Smith says:

    You can take your billions of dollars in profits…and your billions of dollars in subsidies…and PUMP them where the sun don’t shine!

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  58. AL COHEN says:

    ” You want road rage,I’ll show you road rage.”

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  59. Al COHEN says:

    What a rip-off, it will cost me $60 just to drive to the nearest casino.

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  60. Kellie Ambrose says:

    How am I going to afford my diabetes medicine now!

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  61. Dale Stout says:

    I can’t afford four more years.

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