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There are 109 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from Aug 16, 2010, titled SafeLink cell-phone users offered more free minutes | The Columbus .... In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

TracFone Wireless Inc. has added two new options for low-income people using its government-subsidized cell-phone service.

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megalulz

United States

#23 Aug 16, 2010
thedispatchsucks wrote:
these are the obama phones that the brothers are talking about. give them something free and it isnt good enough!! they abuse or misuse it and they whine about it. wonder how many of these phones are used in drug deals!!what really gets me is that they are advertised on QFM-96. why advertise them at all!! our dumb-**** government at it again.
Hah can any of you hyperconservative nutbags even READ? These phones are funded by the Telecom act of 1996, written and passed by a REPUBLICAN congress, and you are here to wave around your magic "obama prefix" wand to turn whatever you don't like into a weapon of ignorance.

As for the person who said they are used for criminal activity: Hate to say this, but you have no proof. I would love to see proof. I want to prevent crime and bust criminals as much as anyone, but you're being a scarecrow. Stop it and grow up.
libertarian

New York, NY

#24 Aug 16, 2010
I don't recall the government ever stepping in to buy me something I couldn't afford on my own - especially something as unnecessary as a cell phone. I'd love to hear the justification for even 1 minute, much less 68 or 250 - you don't NEED a cell phone - it's a luxury - and to have tax funded welfare covering anything but the basic life necessities is a crime against every one of us who not only pay our own way, but support these type of giveaways. When are we going to get someone to represent the working class, not the welfare class, into office??
Jim

Columbus, OH

#25 Aug 16, 2010
Well, some of them abuse them yes, but some of them no. Also, this is the same program paid out of our phone bills under universal access.Some of those recipients are grandma on LIFELINE with a fixed line or Grandma can have a cell instead. Where do you draw the line? It is not costing the taxpayer anymore, in fact, the safelink phone my grandma has IS bare bones. Heck the criminals can afford to buy airtime, so that really doesn't wash neither.
QUIT WASTING TAX MONEY

Columbus, OH

#26 Aug 16, 2010
Kill White Babies wrote:
I'm sure free Xbox 360's and Ipod's are next. You know, it's wrong and against the Constitution to deprive the less fortunate of gaming time and listening entertainment. This is f'in laughable!!!
Most of these people probably already have an up-to-date gaming system to go along with the widescreen tv they can afford since they don't have a cellphone bill...

Cannot believe that people getting FREE service have the audictiy to BI*CH about it!!
Jim

Columbus, OH

#27 Aug 16, 2010
Without the Telecom ACT of 1986, half of you windbags out in cow country wouldn't have internet to post slop on here.
Mike

Columbus, OH

#28 Aug 16, 2010
You know I am between jobs and collecting unemployment and I have to say this program is just wrong in so many ways. I am greatful for the assistance I get but to extend this to cell phones?
This is NUTS!
WHY NOT

Foster City, CA

#29 Aug 16, 2010
GIVE, GIVE, GIVE I WISH SOMEONE WOULD GIVE MY HARD WORKING SELF A FREE PHONE AND MINUTES. Let's give more phones and minutes out so more drug deals are done on the government dime. Jeez.
Jim

Columbus, OH

#30 Aug 16, 2010
libertarian wrote:
I don't recall the government ever stepping in to buy me something I couldn't afford on my own - especially something as unnecessary as a cell phone. I'd love to hear the justification for even 1 minute, much less 68 or 250 - you don't NEED a cell phone - it's a luxury - and to have tax funded welfare covering anything but the basic life necessities is a crime against every one of us who not only pay our own way, but support these type of giveaways. When are we going to get someone to represent the working class, not the welfare class, into office??
In some instances a cell phone is NOT a luxury. With no payphones around anymore, what are the alternatives?... I understand what you are saying but, People need to be very careful before using such a broad brush.
Jim

Columbus, OH

#31 Aug 16, 2010
Mike wrote:
You know I am between jobs and collecting unemployment and I have to say this program is just wrong in so many ways. I am greatful for the assistance I get but to extend this to cell phones?
This is NUTS!
What about people in the same boat as you that don't get unemployment?
Most potential employers require phone #'s ya know.
Ummmm

Columbus, OH

#32 Aug 16, 2010
Dirk wrote:
LMFAO @ providing cell phone amenities. Newsflash - we got along for YEARS without them
Humans got along for years without minimal medical expertise. So clearly we don't need that. Bring on the leeches!(The real ones, not the ones that suck my wallet dry.)

And they made it thousands of years without automobiles, electricity, running water, and so on. Why waste time providing any of that for anyone when we have so clearly demonstrated humanity's ability to survive without.

While I'm packing my bag to move into a shack in the backcountry, perhaps you could reconsider that times change and what is needed for a decent quality of life also changes.
Robert

Powell, OH

#33 Aug 16, 2010
For one thing,this program was created,for the people that lost there jobs,because of bad economy.Second these phone are basic,no internet or camera.Second if your on unemployment,of food stamp's you qualify.I personally believe 68min is ok,these liberal groups were crying about 20 cents a min,which is high,but help pay for the program.I think this program was generous,I'm sure most people are thankful for this program.
Ummmm

Columbus, OH

#34 Aug 16, 2010
libertarian wrote:
I don't recall the government ever stepping in to buy me something I couldn't afford on my own - especially something as unnecessary as a cell phone. I'd love to hear the justification for even 1 minute, much less 68 or 250 - you don't NEED a cell phone - it's a luxury - and to have tax funded welfare covering anything but the basic life necessities is a crime against every one of us who not only pay our own way, but support these type of giveaways. When are we going to get someone to represent the working class, not the welfare class, into office??
Since the government has never stepped in to buy you something you couldn't afford on your own, please tell me how you were able to quantify and refuse the government subsidization of education.(You write in complete sentences so I presume you have had at least some education.) I'm also interested to learn how you were able to create your own private roads to drive on and privately contract your own police and fire protection.

A college education is a luxury and not a basic life necessity. Where is the outcry over the taxpayer subsidization of the costs of higher education? I'm not sure where they fall on the spectrum, but police and fire protection would seem to be more of a luxury than a basic life necessity (food, water, shelter).
megalulz

United States

#35 Aug 16, 2010
To all the morons who (barely) read the story, then posted a comment flying 100% off-the-reservation at warp speed without even reading the other posts: Welcome to clueville. Please try to comprehend at least the next three sentences:

This is not an Obama program. The poor people did not "complain" about their service. These are not being funded by state or federal tax dollars.

Thanks for being a complete idiot, you may now turn your computer off (PLEASE), your work here is done.
Bart

Pickerington, OH

#36 Aug 16, 2010
More welfare. While we are at it, why don't we pay for them to have highspeed internet access and give them all top of the line computers? No wonder why we are broke as a nation.
Dirk

Columbus, OH

#37 Aug 16, 2010
Ummmm wrote:
<quoted text>
Humans got along for years without minimal medical expertise. So clearly we don't need that. Bring on the leeches!(The real ones, not the ones that suck my wallet dry.)
And they made it thousands of years without automobiles, electricity, running water, and so on. Why waste time providing any of that for anyone when we have so clearly demonstrated humanity's ability to survive without.
While I'm packing my bag to move into a shack in the backcountry, perhaps you could reconsider that times change and what is needed for a decent quality of life also changes.
You fail to notice the fact that a viable alternative is available - a land line phone.

Nice fail. I appreciate your attempt.
melissa

Las Vegas, NV

#38 Aug 16, 2010
ha ha suckers...call me!
OH YEAH

Columbus, OH

#39 Aug 16, 2010
Cell phones are a LUXURY NOT A NESSECITY !!!! How can this be on our tax dollars??? Who came up with this, they need to be voted on down the road!!!!!
megalulz

United States

#40 Aug 16, 2010
Dirk wrote:
<quoted text>
You fail to notice the fact that a viable alternative is available - a land line phone.
Nice fail. I appreciate your attempt.
You fail to notice that it's far cheaper to subsidize a cell phone than it is a land-line phone. Per your request, we could go back to giving out land line phones to those with low enough income to qualify, and the program would cost a LOT more to operate. Go back to 1980 and try your petty rebuttal again. The future has no need for you.
Dirk

Columbus, OH

#41 Aug 16, 2010
megalulz wrote:
<quoted text>
You fail to notice that it's far cheaper to subsidize a cell phone than it is a land-line phone. Per your request, we could go back to giving out land line phones to those with low enough income to qualify, and the program would cost a LOT more to operate. Go back to 1980 and try your petty rebuttal again. The future has no need for you.
My rebuttal was perfectly fine in that it was addressing the issue of getting along without items. His argument was ruined. No where was I discussing costs. Try to stay on task here and not spin the argument to your favor.
melissa

Las Vegas, NV

#42 Aug 16, 2010
mmm me-ow me-ow mee-yoouuwwww! I'm so comfy with my hand deep into my free cheetos, free AC in my luxury apt and running water. Does anyone of you up tight rubber necking (hey mom , peter looked at me wrong pussy ass entitlment issues wanting to be right, not happy snobs want to quantum leap into my world today? Better cling tightly in your beds this evening and pray real hard that what happens to good people in the real world doesnt actually happen to you, if you dont have any real problems, why dont you go volenteer somewhere in you community, bring your children, tru a little positive energy - so much judgement wow you are clueless, do a little research on safelink, read safelink consumer affaiars complaints, oh hey if reading other people's complaning makes you bust a nut, try it from writers who are educated and kind and most likely will be the ones helping, not hindering you when you are an EMT & dissabled and trying to make a phone call to your sisters kids who dont even know thier parents are on life support, and wont be returning with the mcdonald they went to get.HUH? ungratful, selfish do gooders.melissa ha ha call me, i dare you call me.

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