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  1. Date: 1/2/2014 4:04:00 PM
    I was late in finding this poem on Craig's behalf, ....and find it fair and worthy of our good friend, and like the others before me, I would gladly support you as a fair moderator, if you would consider it. We need a calm, level headed, and fair minded person to listen. Respect you have rightly earned. Thank you for this support of our friend, Craig.... He did not deserve to be singled out.

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 1/2/2014 4:12:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks, if asked by the soup I would consider being appointed.
  1. Date: 1/2/2014 6:49:00 AM
    Richard, Thank you so much, and all here. I support what Chris has said below and I especially believe that if you were willing that you would be a consensus shoe in for one of the moderators. I had planned on posting all of this yesterday but someone in my house demanded equal time LOL! Please read my blog and thanks again to you and everyone!!

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 1/2/2014 9:07:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Craig, I am off to your blog.
  1. Date: 1/1/2014 11:18:00 PM
    Hullo, Richard. I missed-out on this poem, especially considering how supportive Craig was with me. Even though Craig's account has now been unlocked, I still support your post in a belated manner. I think you should be a moderator on this site. You seem fair and straight-forward, without beating around the bush, which could help extinguish problems as they start, instead of them becoming large and ugly.

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 1/2/2014 12:40:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    I am glad to see him back as well. Thanks for commenting and adding your voice.
  1. Date: 1/1/2014 10:52:00 AM
    I'm finished here , bye to you all, nice knowing you

  1. Date: 12/31/2013 7:20:00 PM
    I do not feel the need to apologize to anyone for defending my right to free speech, I will not be cohersed into withdrawing my opinions once posted. My only apology goes to Rick, so sorry this happened in your home.

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 1/1/2014 9:53:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Now this is more like it, the language of reconciliation. I too believe in the freedom of expression yet feel it can be accomplished with consideration for the feelings of others. I have a great deal of respect for both you and Becca and Ironicaly I think you are both closer in thought than you realize. A big new years hug for both of you.
    Seal Avatar Richard D Seal
    Date: 1/1/2014 9:40:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Dear Becca, We have used harsh terms in this little discussion, whilst I realise you are a woman who goes where angels fear to tread (not implying you are not an angel) lol, we are on the same side in Rick’s petition to free Craig.
    Seal Avatar Richard D Seal
    Date: 1/1/2014 9:34:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    However this petition is about more than the man, it also serves as the right to speak freely within the bounds of what is acceptable. I am profoundly sorry if you were hurt during our exchange of views, and sincerely hope we can make up and unite in the fight for better attitudes in the soup to prevail. Take care, Richard
    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 12/31/2013 11:32:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    This was not what I was had in mind when I posted this poem. It is time for everyone to take a step back and realize people's feelings are more important than who is right or wrong.
  1. Date: 12/31/2013 4:39:00 PM
    i respect craig and his values to the fullest.. he is man of principles , hence i wish we could have him back soonest... thanks, rich for your concern...TPS , hear us out; let us begin this new year with peace in our hearts... huggs

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 12/31/2013 5:11:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Amen to that Nette. Happy New year to you as well.
  1. Date: 12/31/2013 4:29:00 PM
    Happy New Year, Craig!! If you champagne, don't drive ... and if you drive, don't champagne!! : D

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 12/31/2013 5:10:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Happy new year to you as well.
    O. Avatar Ruben O.
    Date: 12/31/2013 4:30:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Happy New Year, Richard!
  1. Date: 12/30/2013 11:51:00 PM
    'No purpose is served by blocking a good man' - I like that! I read about this - I like Debbie's idea of time out. Seriously, it is saddening to put your life into writing poems only to wake up one day to find you have no access. The thought is terrifying. I love how you've brought it up - clear, without taking sides. Perhaps when the moderators are put in place such incidences will be less frequent. Have a great day Richard! Looking forward to more from you in the coming year.

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 12/31/2013 8:32:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    I think moderators are a good idea, it is best to catch these disputes early. I am looking forward to more from you as well.
  1. Date: 12/30/2013 10:39:00 PM
    Richard, I am not aware of what happened on the soup as I was away much of December dealing with my daughter's health...I wondered why I had not heard from Craig since my return ...sad if soup got rid of a great poet and person he has always helped me, challenged me and inspired me to try new forms...I am saddened by this news...awesome poem for Craig, I do hope soup brings him back! Love it Richard! Hugs

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 12/31/2013 8:33:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks for adding your support, so sorry to hear about your daughter. Is she doing better?
  1. Date: 12/30/2013 9:16:00 PM
    Oh my goodness...Craig has never said anything but nice things to me..why in the world is he blocked?..oh please bring back one of my favorite poets..:-) :-) :-)

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 12/31/2013 8:34:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks for responding, I a, sure Craig will appreciate these kind words.
  1. Date: 12/30/2013 9:12:00 PM
    Let Forgiveness rule, its the only way to heal, blessings Carl

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 12/31/2013 8:35:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    My sentiments as well, I feel bad for all involved.
  1. Date: 12/30/2013 9:04:00 PM
    I hope craig returns very soon. Your poetic words of wisdom should be just common sense to everyone. I hope everyone will just take a pass on argumentative comments. Thank you for posting this.

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 12/30/2013 9:09:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks for adding your voice Karen.
  1. Date: 12/30/2013 7:54:00 PM
    Yes, I agree with the comments of the poets below. Craig is a gentleman and would like to see him back,. Richard

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 12/30/2013 8:01:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Dr. Ram.
  1. Date: 12/30/2013 6:42:00 PM
    richard, I want to say that I enjoy Craig's poetry and it's enough punishment to have one's blog removed. Why are they suddenly booting people off the site, like they did Chris a few weeks ago? I like what Richard said below my comment. His words sum up my feelings as well.

    Seal Avatar Richard D Seal
    Date: 12/31/2013 4:31:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Personally Becca I don't give a monkey's what you think, and if you send me another soupmail telling me who I should and should not be friends with on this site, you will be blocked. I'm very sorry this spat has taken place in your home Rick.
    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 12/30/2013 6:48:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks for responding Andrea.
  1. Date: 12/30/2013 5:22:00 PM
    Hi Rick, I will add my support to this effort, I have argued with Craig in the past about freedom and freedom of speech, I hope he now realises just how important it is, and how it feels when it's denied, and learns to express his views in a more cohesive gentlemanly manner. Well done for taking up this cause. Take care, Richard

    Seal Avatar Richard D Seal
    Date: 12/31/2013 7:12:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Yes that is part of your soupmail Becca, which happens to be your opinion but not mine
    Seal Avatar Richard D Seal
    Date: 12/31/2013 5:07:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Surprised at what Becca, that I wont be manipulated?
    Seal Avatar Richard D Seal
    Date: 12/31/2013 4:52:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    No I will not soupmail you, I have nothing to hide nor will I remove what I have said in comments below as you wanted me to. You have every right to your opinions Becca and I resprct that, but so do I. Let that be an end to it.
    Seal Avatar Richard D Seal
    Date: 12/31/2013 3:32:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Please don't misunderstand me here Becca, this is not about blame. I like Craig, he is a man of integrety and I would welcome his return. However, he does sometimes allow his discussions to become personal and upset people when it isn't necessary. I for one look forward to further debates with him.
    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 12/30/2013 5:41:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    As always you are a gentleman.
  1. Date: 12/30/2013 5:14:00 PM
    wow, a very powerful poem, richard! i did not know anything about what's been going on but i've enjoyed craig's work and agree with you that he should definitely be allowed back on this site. i think you've done him a great service with your words...

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 12/30/2013 5:42:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    I hope in the future disputes are dealt with Ina different way. I feel bad for all involved.
  1. Date: 12/30/2013 5:06:00 PM
    I sent a mail to TPS but he didn't answer. Does he answer our mails? I don't know. Craig's suspension is very unfair. He is the one who has been attacked, insulted, blocked, harassed ... this is crazy! A big hug to you, Craig!! Thanks, Richard.

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 12/30/2013 5:44:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    A hug back to you Ruben. As for me I don't care who's at fault I just don't like how things ended.
  1. Date: 12/30/2013 4:51:00 PM
    I am going to send a letter to TPS. I hope Craig can come back soon. I miss him. hugs, catie :)

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 12/30/2013 5:45:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    That is very thoughtful of you Catie.
  1. Date: 12/30/2013 3:09:00 PM
    Hello Rick my friend. Honey I don't know what has happened to cause a fuss or why Craig has been blocked from here myself hon'. I reckon I'm not up on things here...lol...I hate to think any one poet is not allowed to write for any reason so you have my support to get him back on the site. I apologize if I offended anyone but like I said I adore all the poets here and hate to think someone couldn't write here again. I hope whatever has caused this fuss can be straightened out.

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 12/30/2013 3:34:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    You are wise, it is not about sides but rather the decision to exclude a fellow poet.
  1. Date: 12/30/2013 2:01:00 PM
    Richard.. .I'm reallt saddened by this turn of events...You beat me to it. I've been thinking of what to do to get TPS to reconsider....I'll join my voice here. Craig has been a great help to me and I value his friendship. This is not about taking sides but about a more judicious way to deal with conflict. If TPS doesn't come up witb something soon, more will leave. Spats happen...such harsh measures should not. BRING CRAIG BACK,.PLEASE. Thanks, Richard. Going into the New Year with a sad heart.

    Ghali Avatar Eileen Ghali
    Date: 12/30/2013 3:44:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    I'm not sure that's the case.....He may not be able to reply or post poems and blogs.....
    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 12/30/2013 3:38:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    I thank you for supporting Craig. I think he has been unblocked because I was able to read and comment on one of his poems. I am glad the soup reconsidered.
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