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99 Responses to:
WHY I KEEP HAVING CHILDREN
# 1. 8/27/12 12:46 AM by Sherry - SLC UT
Thank you. Children are our greatest blessing. I'm glad you were someone's son and dispense your wisdom to the rest of us. We all struggle. Parents do. Our children do. Each person is of value, rich or poor, wise or unwise, thankful or not yet thankful, etc. We hope experience will make them, and us, rich, wise and thankful. God bless you, your children, and their mothers. Your loyal fan for many years, Sherry
# 2. 8/27/12 12:53 AM by BigSaltyPickle
Why do you think you should explain yourself? It's your business, not anyone else's.
And you're right about years ago, farmers having lots of kids so they could help out on the farm. But they also had lots of kids because they were able to feed them with what was grown on the farm. And they also had lots of kids because so many kids died from an array of diseases, attacks from wild animals and Indians (Native Americans), accidents, food poisoning, germs and bacteria, poor sanitary conditions, medical complications, etc, etc, etc.
Bob, have as many kids as you like, as long as you can provide for them. And if the second batch turns out as good as the first batch, that'll be great!
# 3. 8/27/12 1:09 AM by Ann, formerly of Henrietta - Chandler, AZ
People like you should be having kids.
When I say "people like you", I mean people who WANT them, can SUPPORT them, and will CARE for them, and be a ROLE MODEL for citizenship and generally good behavior.
What we have in our culture now are people who have a gazillion children out of wedlock, by several different 'baby daddies', and suck the life out of the welfare system.
It's simple math. One day the bloodsuckers will have exponentially more children than those who just want a regular old family. Even families with same sex parents are fine, the point being that the children will be cared for and loved as they should be.
So congratulations, bring on the babies!
# 4. 8/27/12 2:41 AM by Tyrone Hornye
Whatever floats your boat, Bobby boy!
So the way I see it, the world will be overrun by Lonsberries, while the Orangutans are becoming extinct. (Only 30,000 left!)
# 5. 8/27/12 2:43 AM by little john - Mt.Morris,N.Y.
But I have always felt that my life was worth living, and I have been grateful I was born, and I figure my children would feel the same. What I may lack as a father, I hope, will be more than recompensed by their enjoyment of life.
A profound slip (past Freud), of true faith. Thanksgiving for life, this day, our daily bread, and the forgiveness of those who do not understand; those who do not; believe in children.
I am from a family of five, had five children and now 9 grandchildren. Despite the trials and tribulations of my own life, I am blessed, and these children know I have made a positive difference in the world...Amen.
And may God Bless you and yours, always, and all ways..
# 6. 8/27/12 2:54 AM by Me - Chili, NY
Beautiful, congratulations! And maybe next time wait until the baby is born to know the gender...ten is a nice even number :)
# 7. 8/27/12 3:29 AM
You are one selfish S.O.B. And, no one gives a rat's rump.
# 8. 8/27/12 4:43 AM by B Smith - Syracuse New York
We all know you don't believe in science, but for those who do, studies show that older fathers are much more likely have children with birth defects such as schizophrenia and autism. Hope you are lucky but I am also happy that most people don't think like you or we would soon look like India and China. I guess you are lucky to be able to talk your way into supporting nine children, but I really do think the time will come when global warming gets so bad that the right wings infatuation with empty heads will come to and end. Would just suggest you have a backup plan because if R and R get four years, the majority of Americans will be ready for someone a lot more left than Obama when they see the delight these guys will take in grinding everyone under their heels that don't have a six figure income.
# 9. 8/27/12 5:26 AM
I don't agree with you , but it is your life, not mine. I'm 50 and raised three fantastic children and am happy with enjoying this phase of life... without little kids around. Also, it seems like your fondness for kids trumps your relationship with your wife. You didn't mention her once in this article.
# 10. 8/27/12 6:29 AM
" 27, 25, 22 and 19 – and four who are younger – 7, 5, 4 and 16 months."
^^^^Wow. between the 7 and 19 year old must have been 12 long years of....... paying alimony and child support and college tuition.
# 11. 8/27/12 6:57 AM by Chuck - Lima, NY
I want to have kids badly but I am 45 and single. The only way to do that is to marry a woman younger than myself. But society will call me a cradle robber, and then I will be told I am "too old" to be a good dad. I have ancestors who had kids into their late 50s but today society has a narrow view that if you are not a dad by 30 you are a failure. That is, even when people like Rod Stewart become dads at age 65.
# 12. 8/27/12 7:18 AM
Good for you, now get off your f..in high horse. Perhaps, try selling Lonsberry 101 to Monroe Community College and the SUNY system.
# 13. 8/27/12 7:22 AM by prick - webster
Remember this column the next time you whine about your bad-paying jobs or a pay cut or losing a job.
There's a major reason that people like you and Wease pump out kids when you should be enjoying or preparing to enjoy grandchildren----EGO.
# 14. 8/27/12 7:32 AM by Rick G. - Spencerport, NY
Do you use numbers for middle names?
This is a classic, if not THE classic example of none of my business. Congratulations.
# 15. 8/27/12 7:48 AM by Bill
The Mormon leaders want more members and since getting converts is hard, they encourage their brainwashed sheep to breed like vermin.
# 16. 8/27/12 7:50 AM by Jim
If a sperm is wasted, God gets quite irate.
# 17. 8/27/12 7:51 AM
Good parents should have children, regardless of number. But children need parents- two of them. You may be willing to have a college age child when you are in your 70s but what about the kid who has limited years with you?
And please spare us the "I miss dinner with my kids because of the change in my work schedule." You want them, you pay for them.
# 18. 8/27/12 7:53 AM by Roscoe
Nine children and three wives. Will there be a fourth Mrs. Lonsberry?
# 19. 8/27/12 7:55 AM
I wish I had a forum like this, so I could tell the everybody my purposes in life, what to do in life, how to do it, etc. I think reality television would serve you best. The money is good and it will help you to have more children. Can you spell D-U-G-G-A-R-S.........
# 20. 8/27/12 7:59 AM by Brian
Way to go Bob.
You are at "replacement level" reproduction for the Mormon Church. Got keep that tithing coming in.
# 21. 8/27/12 8:00 AM by GEORGE (THE OTHER ONE) - GANANOQUE ONTARIO CANADA
You need a hobby.
Rather, you need a different hobby.
# 22. 8/27/12 8:01 AM
Bless your wife, that's the real hero.... Sweet 16=68 years of age.... You got it all dude, but watch yourself while jogging in the City, because quite honestly, your prey just like everybody else. I work the City streets everyday and the culture is truly bad and getting worse.
# 23. 8/27/12 8:06 AM
So, in extrapolating the trend, does this mean that the next wife will have 6 kids?
# 24. 8/27/12 8:07 AM by Lillian
I look at it like you are doing charity work by have a bunch of kids. You give souls an opportunity to be on earth with a body.
# 25. 8/27/12 8:23 AM by Poplar Beach
Congratulations Bob, anyone who listens to you knows how important your children are to you and how much you love them. So far, they are all givers, not takers from society and we sure need more people like that. So you can be rightfully proud and the only person you have to okay this with is your wife, I hope she is as enthusiastic about this as you are.
My one suggestion, you often complain about making ends meet and I know you make a reasonable living, so do I, but if I had 9 kids, I would be eating beanies and wienies quite often too. So glorify in your family, continue to raise proud conservative Americans, and enjoy your life as you see fit, but don't expect us to feel sorry for you when there is not quite enough money to go around.
Editor's Note: i don't want sympathy, i want a raise. (smile)
# 26. 8/27/12 8:23 AM by Seth - Rochester New York
Its your right to have those kids, as it is my right to say it is selfish and egotistical to have young kids at 53 way risky
# 27. 8/27/12 8:25 AM by Tom
Going door-to-door to convert new followers isn't very effective. Much more effective to populate your religion with unsuspecting children.
# 28. 8/27/12 8:26 AM by Me - Rochester
Thank you for filling my populate-the-world quota, takes pressure off my uterus.
Editor's Note: so will urination
# 29. 8/27/12 8:31 AM
You do realize that the odds are that at least one kid will be gay. Please write about that when they come out to you.
# 30. 8/27/12 8:40 AM
Who can resist the charms of a child. It is like filling the house with adorable little aliens who can not stop looking at you with their sweet and loving big eyes.
That's the male perspective.
Females usually have a more realistic view of their little monsters. Though they love them more than their own selves the mommies most always instill in their children not to mess with mama bear because she ain't afraid of your sweet and loving big eyes.
# 31. 8/27/12 8:44 AM by Alex
You will soon need one of those mormon mobiles to haul all kids around. Those darn things take up three parking spaces.
# 32. 8/27/12 8:44 AM by Margaret M Monteith
Why am I always the last to know! Congratulations. You provide well for your children and family and send them on their way to productive lives. No need to explain to me, but I love reading your thoughts.
# 33. 8/27/12 8:48 AM by Walter
If you were black you would be ranting against yourself on your radio show.
# 34. 8/27/12 8:55 AM by Carol - Fairport
"Ignorance is bliss".
# 35. 8/27/12 9:06 AM
It's cute that you think your younger kids will be able to afford to go to college.
# 36. 8/27/12 9:09 AM by HTU - %$#@chester, NY
If you were some stupid &^%$ having stupid kids that, that would be one thing. But let's face it, you're a worker, a producer, and so are your kids so hey keep going, why not?
Also don't mind these numbskulls that say "0hhh overpopulation waahhh". The earth is not even close to being overpopulated. Maybe you can tell them "Well we're getting ready for when everyone moves to Mars, we want enough people so that there's some on both planets." That'll give 'em pause for a minute :)
# 37. 8/27/12 9:10 AM
If anybody is gonna need he Public Market, its gonna be you. Don't forget to pick yourself up a farm animal as well.
# 38. 8/27/12 9:17 AM by drummerpa - Rochester, NY
Bob, I understand that you believe in God but I don't understand why you don't believe God. He does not desire that any of us go to Hell but wants us to accept His free offer of salvation through his Son, Jesus Christ. But like any gift, it doesn't become yours until you accept it. And the Scriptures are very clear that there is no other way for one to be forgiven. You almost sound proud to be on your way to Hell and that just means that you truly do not understand what a terrible place that is. You can settle this issue once and for all right from where you sit--you don't need any special church or to go forward for anything. It is strictly a matter between you and God. Just admit that you are a sinner who can not do anything to save yourself and accept his free gift. Then enjoy a new freedom that can never be taken away from you. It does not depend on good works that you might or might not do--it is complete in what Jesus did. You accept so many of the other things of the Bible, so I just don't understand why this is so hard for you to grasp. I will continue to pray for your salvation as well as that for your whole family. I recommend that you read the Gospel of John and the books of Romans and Thessalonians to get a better grasp of these fundamentals.
# 39. 8/27/12 9:17 AM by Mike Fisher
So long as you and your family stay off the public dole, it's none of my business. More power to you I say. Me and my wife couldn't have kids so that's a tender subject for us. I don't think we're sinners.
Editor's Note: not at all.
# 40. 8/27/12 9:31 AM
I don't care how many kids you have but spare me the gifts from god spiel. So many evangelicals and Mormons have taken a couple verses from the bible and made them into a quiverful movement which celebrates men and their seed/ego while ensuring the women role is of a brood mare. Patriarchal religion based on dominance. Phooey.
# 41. 8/27/12 9:31 AM
Looks like it's about time to put an addition on your tiny little house. Either that or buy back your old mansion from your other wife that you lost in the divorce.
# 42. 8/27/12 9:33 AM by Jodi - Wayne County East
Could Hurricane Isaac be New Orlean's Coup De Grace?
# 43. 8/27/12 9:34 AM by alexander - upstate ny usa
maybe you should just start selling them, to pay for your current stash of children.
you deliver more product than Apple.
# 44. 8/27/12 9:44 AM by Paul - Fairport
You're just a little heavy on the self deprecation, I know all about Catholic guilt but is there Mormon guilt? We all fail but keep on trying to make this world a better place. Children are a blessing, you will surely won't be alone in your old age.
# 45. 8/27/12 10:13 AM by Matt - Rochester, NY
The Mormon faith taught many children and many wives. You are right on target....
# 46. 8/27/12 10:14 AM by Jo
Bless you Bob and your wife. I am also the parent of nine. Some people say bless you , some say are you crazy. The latter are the ones that hurt. I was born and raised in your hometown
# 47. 8/27/12 10:32 AM by Jodi - Wayne County East
Bob, It appears you do not fully comprehend the completeness of Gods grace and the work of His ONLY begotten Son, Jesus upon the cross at Calvary.
When Jesus said it is finished He meant it is finished!
Once again, salvation comes by grace through faith ALONE in the atoning work of Jesus' condemnation upon the cross as the perfect Lamb of God without spot or blemish on our behalf as a substitutionary sacrifice for our sins.
It is a free gift on His behalf to all who would believe upon Him and His finished work on the cross.
Salvation CANNOT EVER be earned, attained, or maintained by good works lest anyone should boast.
Any attempt to secure or maintain salvation apart from grace through faith in Jesus is a religion of piety, of pride and self works, of Lucifer, Not God.
Please read the apostle Pauls Book of or letter to the Galations and the Book of James.
Yes, faith without works is dead. Likewise works apart from a saving faith in Jesus are at best eternally useless and at worst eternally damning.
# 48. 8/27/12 10:34 AM by pp - rochester, ny
So couples who choose not to have children are sinners? Really?
The God I know isn't a hateful one, and allows people to make choices that are right for their lives. Apparently your God is different.
Editor's Note: yes. yours has horns.
# 49. 8/27/12 10:48 AM
I can't thank you enough for seeing to it that there are people that will keep paying their social security tax so that i will be assured of getting my social security payments. Not that your kids will ever see any return on their "contributions" . But at least me and my wife can suck off this ponzi scheme thanks to your continued spawning.
# 50. 8/27/12 11:03 AM by Porter Rockwell - Lake Bonneville
I never want to hear you complain about not getting any...looks like you get plenty, and from a wife about the age of one of your daughters. Sweet ride - for a 50-year old geezer.
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