Comments for: Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012: Obituaries, comics and robocalls

Posted Nov. 21, 2012, at 1:33 p.m.

Make your voice heard Now that the elections are over, it is my hope that our newly elected and re-elected state and federal representatives will waste no time in focusing on the issues of concern to older Mainers and their families. Issues such as financial and health security are of …

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  • Anonymous

    Ms. Tipton: a gentle reminder of who put the Ds back in power? Message received. Also, I like your national “let’s not be hasty” campaign when it comes to changes to Medicare. You’ve held a gun to both parties heads, lest they do anything you don’t like to Medicare. Now that something must be done, and the pressure is on, NOW you say “don’t be too hasty?” You’ve had your chance to be part of a constructive conversation, and it’s too late for that…your campaign money won’t save you from the fiscal cliff.

    • Anonymous

      The fiscal bump has little to do with Medicare and nothing to do with Social Security. Applying the Medicare tax to capital gains income will solve any short or long term Medicare funding problems. That is far preferable to cutting benefits.

  • Anonymous

    Donald Lodge, is calling Obama, the Anti-Christ, or Messiah nice?
    We still have freedom of speech in this country, just because you don’t like what, Gary has to say, doesn’t make freedom of speech any less. I don’t like Fox News, so I just don’t watch it.

  • Anonymous

    Mr. Lodge, Doonesbury still tickles the funny bones of most BDN readers. If we cannot make fun of the powerful, we have lost our sense of humor. Would you have censored Will Rogers or Mark Twain?
    That you think such a thing as “voter fraud” exists tells me that you are untethered from reality.
    Don’t read the strip if you don’t like it. Don’t try to prevent others from reading it.
    Were you more attentive, you would remember strips critical of President Obama. Look for them in the future.

  • Anonymous

    Mr. Lodge, it is incongruous to expect political cartoonists of all people to sanitize their message when all media is saturated to overflowing with bloviators. I find Gary Trudeau to be one of the least harmful.

    • Anonymous

      Gary Trudeau has met the enemy, and it is himself.

  • Anonymous

    Ms. Patten, I agree. I was surprised and dismayed at the cost of publishing an obituary. Instead we set up a free remembrance blog on the internet which has worked out very well. There are many sites that offer free blogs. We use Google blogspot.

  • Anonymous

    Mr Lodge: Those who voted for President Obama do not “worship” him. What an ignorant remark . They voted for him as they felt he was the much better person to be president . You might have voted for Romney. Does that mean you worship that person? I doubt it. This hyperbole is getting old. Is that all you’ve got?! It sounds pathetic on your part.
    Trudeau has never been conservative. No one is forced to read any particular cartoon strip or forced to read anything. We have choice; isn’t it great? I like Dilbert myself.

  • Anonymous

    Charlotte E. Violette, good letter. There is a trend in our schools to only control our children with mood altering drugs. If a child shows any hyperactivity they are quickly diagnosed with ADD or ADHD or one or more of the other alphabet conditions. They are then prescribed one or more mood altering drugs. They are not stupid, it takes them a very short period of time to learn that they can tell teachers and other adults in the schools to go ‘F’ themselves with no worry about any repercussions.
    We are not doing these children any favors. When they go out to the real world that awaits them after they go through the school system, their employers, if they can find employment, will not put up with that kind of behavior. They will have a very difficult time addapting to the reallity that awaits them.

    • Totally agree. There is such a thing as over the top political correctness and instituting gutless policies for sake of not offending.

    • Anonymous

      Unfortunately they will fit right in. Government will have the hands of business tied behind their backs because they have to “accommodate” every little thing. The real hard workers will have an even tougher time.

    • Jst4Today

      How is it these children have in their minds that it is OK to act that way to authority figures or anyone else for that matter, to begin with? It all starts in the home, alphabet or no alphabet diagnoses. A diagnosis shouldn’t/doesn’t excuse rude behavior–at least it doesn’t in my home. It’s the parents responsibility to teach kids about respect. That lesson begins as a toddler, not a teenager. By then it is too late!

      • Anonymous

        I totally agree. The problem being is that the schools have had their hands tied by the fear of being sued over the slightest offense. Common sense has gone out the window. Parents aren’t even asked to be parents anymore.

  • Anonymous

    Donald Lodge, would you be hapier if we ran a strip that parroted Rush Limbaugh talking points?

  • Anonymous

    Mr. Lodge, Do you seriously believe that the efforts by so many Republican governors and legislators–including Maine–to reduce opportunities for pre-election registration and voting and for the imposition of voter ID requirements are NOT motivated by bias toward people of color and, as in the case of Maine, white potential voters who would also likely vote Democratic? The Doonesbury cartoons on “Jim Crow” were factually accurate, if that term can be applied to cartoons, and you must not read or listen to serious news accounts to think otherwise. Hence the appropriateness of the strip on editorial pages in many newspapers.

  • Samuel Norton

    I agree on the obituaries…i did one for my dad when he died a couple years ago but didn’t write one for my mom. i regret it but i figured it was an expense i didn’t need

  • Anonymous

    John Greenman- There is a cure for robo calls and telemarketers. It is called a cell phone. I have not had a land line phone for ten years now and have not received any robo calls. The first time I do, the cell phone will get shut off too.

    • It’s the principle. I still have a land line and though caller Id identified the spam coming in (which prompted an answer and hang up), ones privacy should not be able to be invaded like that. There should be laws against phone spam, just like there are laws against email spam.

      • Anonymous

        I’d say the laws against spam are not very effective. My girlfriend emptied over 800 spam emails last week and she is back up to 500 already. It is all an invasion of privacy as far as I am concerned.

  • Everyone saw King’s decision to caucus with the Democrats coming Paul, though what I think many fail to understand is that caucusing with one or the other in this lovely two party system of ours is essentially unavoidable. It does not compromise his independence.

    Independent does not mean voting 50/50 – it means one votes with their conscience, not a party. There are two scales to consider – political persuasion and partisanship.

    • Anonymous

      I do picture King voting with the Democrats more often than with the Republicans though.

      • I’ve no doubt about that either.

      • Anonymous

        I sure hope so. I do not want the America those in control of the Rs seem to want.

  • Anonymous

    Donald Lodge: You claim you’ve read Doonesbury for years and years, yet only now have you realized he isn’t too thrilled with the right wing. Did you only recently uncover you’ve been holding the paper upside-down as well?

    As far as Trudeau abusing the right wing goes, maybe if they didn’t do so many mindless Charlie Webster-esque screwups, then Trudeau would have to look elsewhere for humor fodder.

    Are you also making the same complaint of the various Washington Post editorials who constantly bash the left? Of course not…The right consistently ignores, bashes, or refuses to believe and person or position which doesn’t fall lock-step in their party line. Global warming, anyone?

    Sorry Donny-boy, but thanks for again proving the right-wing stereotype of, “if I disagree with it, it doesn’t exist” is more than just a stereotype. Keep moving to the right by refusing to read anything that’s left…because that worked so well for you in the last election.

  • Anonymous

    Paul Worsaa – Considering all his affiliations at several levels with the Republican Party, I can honestly say I didn’t see it coming. I was so shocked he didn’t go with the Republicans, I had to read the story three times before it really sank in.

    • Anonymous

      After the big $$$$ the Republicans spent trying to smear King and promote both his Republican and Democratic opponents, I’d have been surprised if he caucused with them.
      But Worsaa says King “affiliated” with the Democrats. No, he’s only caucusing with them.

  • Anonymous

    Paul, are you really that surprised? I saw this one coming from a mile away, unfortunately.

  • Anonymous

    What you fail to realize Mr. Lodge is that Trudeau was exposing what too many Rs refused to see. That the Grand Ole Party is controlled by extremists. No, Romney was probably not one of them, but he would have been controlled by them. His selection of Ryan was a perfect example. I doubt that was his choice. It was made to satisfy Rove, the Kochs, Adelson, Norquist, etc. I am relieved that they will not be in control of America. When the Rs can restore some measure of moderation to their Grand Ole Party you might see America more supportive.

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