Death and politics

Obituary published in The Richmond Times-Disptach.
Obituary published in The Richmond Times-Disptach.

Nowadays, political opinions occupy many conversations over breakfasts, lunches and in bars.

Such conversations often end up heated and, all to often, violent.

Some such debates follow those who die into their obituaries.

An obituary this week in The Richmond Times-Dipspatch:

Faced with the prospect of voting for either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, Mary Anne Noland of Richmond chose, instead, to pass into the eternal love of God.

Friends of Noland said the death notice showed her sense humor about the futile nature of the 2016 Campaign for President.

Newspapers around the country say obits are now an extension of political campaigning.

In Alabama last week, the obituary for Katherine Michelle Hinds ended with:  “In lieu of flowers, do not vote for Donald Trump.”

Susan Pool, Hinds’ mother, said her daughter was so opposed to Trump that she feared for the future of her three young children if he should become President.

Pool told The Associated Press she made the decision to include the anti-Trump message because she felt her daughter would have preferred such a warning to others.

Earlier this year, the Times-Dispatch published an obituary for Ernest Overbey Jr., 68, of Richmond.  It said: “And please vote for Donald Trump.

Trump responded to Obervey’s action with a tweet of thanks and a link to the obit.

Perhaps the fatalistic nature of this year’s Presidential campaign brought notifications of support or non-support for candidates.

The late, legendary Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley once said: “When I die, bury me in Chicago, where I can still vote.”

Even in death, politics remains.

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