Letter: Beem's latest column confirms suspicions

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Edgar Allen Beem is back to his old self. He can’t refrain from ridiculing everyone who has a different view of the world. His recent column, “Liberals hate the rich, enslave the poor,” just confirms my belief that Beem must wake up each morning with a screaming headache that can only be cleared by spewing dislike for anyone to the right of himself. Over the years of reading his articles I couldn’t decide whether he was a modern-day Luddite, a Chicken Little, or a plain curmudgeon. Now its confirmed, he’s all three.

He can’t keep from calling names, most recently at Gov. LePage; he may be rough on the edges, but he’s a good man who understands that there is only so much money to dole out. Money from the feds? Well they will be $20 trillion in debt by the end of the Obama administration, so if we are that much in debt who spent it and for what? I know, they can print more, thereby increasing inflation and devaluing the dollar. We do have rules to follow and a wonderful road map directing our efforts; it’s called the Constitution, and yes, Justice Antonin Scalia was right that the language is clear and not elastic, to be added to or removed by executive edict.

My advice to Beem is to take two aspirin, relax and consider the future you are proposing.

Richard A. Lord
Brunswick 

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  • EABeem

    I respectfully disagree about Mr. LePage. He is a sick man who has done nothing good for Maine. He possesses no leadership skills, no compassion and no respect for anyone who does not share his warped view of the world. He deserves everything that is said about him.

  • jack bauer

    Richard Lord,
    Your letter is accurate with respect to Beem. In fact, his rebuttal comment proves it. Isn’t it ironic that Beem “respectfully” disagrees with you and then goes on to write about LePage with total disrespect. When folks lament the vitriol which permeates much of our political discourse, it is with dismay that I recall that Beem is one such writer in our midst.

    • EABeem

      Paul LePage does not deserve anyone’s respect. You have to earn respect. He is just a mean, abusive individual and that needs to be said as often as possible.

      • pebble

        Beem’s irrelevancy to the discourse continues.

        • EABeem

          Wow, you “like” your own comment. And explain to me how I am irrelevant to a discussion of my own writings. Doesn’t make sense. You may disagree, but surely the comments of an anonymous online commenter are less relevant.

          • pebble

            Please don’t denigrate your readers, in your irrelevant desperation for an audience. From observing all of the Disqus commentors, it is apparent that use of actual names is not the standard.

          • EABeem

            Yes, most people do not have the courage to sign their own names. That’s true. It’s also true that you are my audience.

          • pebble

            Sorry, definitely never have been your reader, audience. I avert reading those, since long before computers.

          • EABeem

            Obviously, you are or you wouldn’t keep writing.

          • pebble

            Apparently, “E” stands for “Egg-On-My-Audience A Beem”. I commented about a Letter-to-the-Editor written by Richard Lord, not you. I have never commented on an article written by you. As I said, I avert them. I agree with jack bauer, “When folks lament the vitriol which permeates much of our political discourse, it is with dismay that I recall that Beem is one such writer in our midst.”

          • EABeem

            If you haven’t read any of my columns then how do you know you agree with the letter? But you are correct, I do sometime take perverse delight in egging on my audience.

          • pebble

            Responded only to your posted comments. Your photo on the Forecaster homepage invariably leads me to avert your articles, as always. My condolesences to your audience, “I do sometime take perverse delight in egging on my audience.” Thank you for elucidating my innate inclination to avert all of your articles.

          • EABeem

            Again, you can “avert” your eyes or your attention, but you cannot “avert” my column. You can, however, “avoid” them.

          • pebble

            My predilection is to avert your “voice”, having long ago classified it as irrelevant, uninteresting.

          • splurker

            then stop responding to him and step away if you dont like it..easy!

          • yathink2011

            You get paid to use your name and call others names. I’m surprised the Forecaster allows it, and pays for it because it’s embarrassing, in my opinion. I would never advertise in the Forecaster because of that. But it is fun to watch you call people names.

          • EABeem

            But I don’t have to reply to internet trolls under my own name and I do. Glad you enjoy my columns.

          • yathink2011

            I do.

          • YarRes

            No Ed; most people don’t need the attention you do.

      • YarRes

        Hey Ed, I wonder if you dislike LePage because he’s Franco-American. Are you xenophobic Ed?

    • pebble

      Overly omnipresent dose of Egg-On-My-Audience Beem. This practice of nitpicking, critiquing the linguistics of, posted comments by the Forecaster readership is unattractive. (nitpicking: looking for small or unimportant errors or faults, especially in order to criticize unnecessarily)

      This practice of egging on the newspaper readership through posts, is unattractive, unbalanced. This practice detracts from the newspaper and invites nitpicking by others. This practice evinces a gatekeeper of thought.

      • EABeem

        You don’t have to tell Jack Bauer, he already agrees with you.

  • pebble

    Overly omnipresent dose of Egg-On-My-Audience Beem. Again, EA Beem’s style, technique of egging on the Forecaster readership through posts, is not attractive, inviting or balanced. Instead, it detracts.

    • EABeem

      I’m sorry you feel that way, but I thought you said you didn’t read my columns anyway, so 1) how would you know, 2) why would you care and 3) how come you’re so busy responding to something you don’t read? I get your point: you don’t care for my liberal rants and argumentative nature. My point is it obviously works for many readers — pleasing those who share my point of view and provoking those like yourself who do not. When the publisher is asked why the Forecaster has published my column every week for 13 years, the usual response is “because people read it.” Having tried to politely explain this, I will await your reply and allow you to have the last word.

      • YarRes

        Easy to explain Ed. You’re like the kid in the neighborhood that we all used to beat up. He was too mouthy for his own good. He wined a lot. We’d pummel him every chance we could. In football,we’d tackle him even if he didn’t have the ball. In baseball,we’d try to bean his head. He always wound up at the bottom of a pig pile.He went on to become a rent-a-cop. Imagine that.We’re all too old to behave like that now,but in this online neighborhood, you’re still that kid.