A Chance to Explore Our Democracy
Call me “naive,” according to Geoff Cutler’s article (“Why the Occupy Folks Will Fail,” Nov. 20), but I intend to be there on Dec. 10, in the Southern Pines Downtown Park with Occupy Moore participants.
While I do not approve of certain Occupy Wall Street groups taking residency in their place of protest, I applaud their message that things have to change in our country in regard to social and economic inequality, corporate greed and corruption.
While Mr. Cutler seems to enjoy the “frivolity” of describing the demonstrators as young people who don’t wash or brush their teeth, I have heard from many people who have attended the sessions that the crowds have included our military, police, firemen, teachers and grandparents. Only cutting taxes and balancing the budget will not solve the major problems that are still with us.
The too-big-to-fail institutions are now bigger than ever, and the bank regulations that were to be put in place are being demonized by the same people who got us in the mess in the first place.
I am not against capitalism. I am just against people in charge who cause their companies to lose billions but still manage to walk away with money provided by U.S. tax-
Will showing up on Dec. 10 change all this? I’m not that naive, but we all have to start somewhere, and what better way to begin than to meet my neighbors and listen to what they have to say?
Thank you, Kevin Smith, for signing the permit application, and thank you, Moore organizers, for giving us a chance to explore our democracy.
By the way, I would classify myself as a retired business owner and a grandparent, too. I also brush my teeth and shower at least once a day.
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