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Kristi

I'm a little stunned by people who read blogs (of writers no less) and expect never to see political or social commentary in them. I, for my part, thank you for speaking up. It means you still believe that what you say makes a difference -- that the piece of evidence you provide to an undecided voter may make a difference for the election, and thus for years to come.

Kerry

Lois, honey, you be as political as you want to be. It's your blog!

S. William Shaw

Mixing my political views with my writing thoughts is something that I have mulled over many times. Personally, I try not to mix the two. I am not saying you are wrong in doing so...it is a personal choice, and one that each America (luckily) has the freedom to make. And I respect you for your choice.

While I won't get into political parties, I do believe that America needs a forum for more voices to present issues. Two parties are like two train tracks, riding side by side with differing views. I want more tracks.

The more views, the more intelligent the discussions.

janelle

Thank you for standing up for your beliefs Lois. I love your literature and now I have a new reason to love you :) Keep up the good fight!
janelle
p.s. i'll be seeing gossamer on oct. 19th in portland, oregon

Alex Steed

I recall finding your texts to contain commentary on societal morality, parity, etc. The Giver was a book about Utopia/dystopia - these aren't partisan concepts, but they are extremely political ones. Why, then, would you be expected to keep your political opinions to yourself? You've already expressed them, in part, by way of publishing your work.

O. jimenez

I'm very encouraged that blogs, much like this one, exist, and that independent thinking people will find a way to sustain the dialogue.
I say it takes conviction and courage to stand up for free thinking and freedom of expression, and that it takes personal fortitude to take a stand.
Thank you Ms. Lowry!

Janet McDowell

I am a huge fan of The Giver trilogy and my daughter is thrilled to be playing the part of the Chief Elder in the play this fall through her youth theatre group. As a believer in limited government and the free market, The Giver reinforces my belief that goverment creates most of the problems we face today. That's why I find your support of Obama a little confusing given the brilliance of The Giver. Of course, McCain is only a little less socialist than Obama (this election is very depressing for fiscal conservatives/Libertarians).I would like to encourage readers of your blog to think about what really is best for children - a government that confiscates taxpayer dollars and tries in vain to meet their every need or a government where people are free to make choices and learn to live with the consequences of those choices - right or wrong. Jonas would choose limited government!

Tracy

I agree, Ms. Lowry, that this certainly is a fine country, one where we are free to jabber about political views as we please. I respect your political opinion but do not deem this election more important than any other election. No matter who is elected, the country will go on, the stock market will come back, housing prices will rise, and the Red Sox will be in the playoffs again. Americans are too strong to let the alternative happen again.

Laura Blum

I think that is really funny- that on your blog, "a web log" a personal journal... people are telling you what you should or should not write. ...
people are funny that way.

love the blog

Ann Koo

It's those who speak up that change the world. It's the ones who remain silent that change the world for the worst, when they could've done something. That, to me, is my personal opinion and I'm glad that you're not allowing feckless cyberbullies to "change" your autonomy.

I'm also a big fan of 'The Giver' and I find the utter lack of brains in the school system and parental groupthink to be mind-boggling and disturbing when it comes to this book. I sometimes wonder if they even - as adults - understood what your message was. That you weren't condoning the slaughter of babies or the elderly or disobedience of parents. To remove such a novel from the school system on the grounds of "corrupting our innocent children" is only going to make the possibility of an Orwellian society come to past. Those who are ignorant cannot hope to see the signs on what to prevent.

That being said, I'm also happy - exuberantly so - that the plans for 'The Giver' movie is in the works. I've been visualizing that in my head ever since I've read this book. It'll join other great dystopian movies if done right.

So, yes, Ms. Lowry - continue to say what you must. Those who have ears will hear and those who have mouths will express their own thoughts.

Ann Koo

It's those who speak up that change the world. It's the ones who remain silent that change the world for the worst, when they could've done something. That, to me, is my personal opinion and I'm glad that you're not allowing feckless cyberbullies to "change" your autonomy.

I'm also a big fan of 'The Giver' and I find the utter lack of brains in the school system and parental groupthink to be mind-boggling and disturbing when it comes to this book. I sometimes wonder if they even - as adults - understood what your message was. That you weren't condoning the slaughter of babies or the elderly or disobedience of parents. To remove such a novel from the school system on the grounds of "corrupting our innocent children" is only going to make the possibility of an Orwellian society come to past. Those who are ignorant cannot hope to see the signs on what to prevent.

That being said, I'm also happy - exuberantly so - that the plans for 'The Giver' movie is in the works. I've been visualizing that in my head ever since I've read this book. It'll join other great dystopian movies if done right.

So, yes, Ms. Lowry - continue to say what you must. Those who have ears will hear and those who have mouths will express their own thoughts.

Ann Koo

It's those who speak up that change the world. It's the ones who remain silent that change the world for the worst, when they could've done something. That, to me, is my personal opinion and I'm glad that you're not allowing feckless cyberbullies to "change" your autonomy.

I'm also a big fan of 'The Giver' and I find the utter lack of brains in the school system and parental groupthink to be mind-boggling and disturbing when it comes to this book. I sometimes wonder if they even - as adults - understood what your message was. That you weren't condoning the slaughter of babies or the elderly or disobedience of parents. To remove such a novel from the school system on the grounds of "corrupting our innocent children" is only going to make the possibility of an Orwellian society come to past. Those who are ignorant cannot hope to see the signs on what to prevent.

That being said, I'm also happy - exuberantly so - that the plans for 'The Giver' movie is in the works. I've been visualizing that in my head ever since I've read this book. It'll join other great dystopian movies if done right.

So, yes, Ms. Lowry - continue to say what you must. Those who have ears will hear and those who have mouths will express their own thoughts.

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