If only these movements united
One certainly cannot complain about not enough coverage on the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations in the Oct. 16 Herald Leader. The column by Tom Eblen was much more reflective of what people are really thinking and saying than was the Associated Press article.
Having read Static by Amy Goodman, I look for signs of bias. The AP article gave examples of the diversity of the crowd by citing "anarchists" and "union workers." The connotations are pro-Republican and pro-predatory capitalism.
The corporate press will try to keep the OWS slogan "The people united will never be defeated" quiet. The Tea Party actually started with objections to the bank bailouts, and most of us agreed with them.
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If the Tea Party were to unite with OWS, and disentangle from Fox News and Republican control, we might even begin to get someone in Congress to move toward publicly funded elections and an amendment to the Constitution that deprives corporations of personhood.
Now that would be disastrous for the one percent, wouldn't it?
Sara M. Porter
Depending on corporations
I am a 77-year-old man. One reason I am still working is to add to my IRA investments in corporations, evil though they be.
The Occupy Wall Street protestors must forgive me for hoping that these corporations make a lot of money so that the value of my investments will increase and enable me to pay for rent, food, clothing and medical care.
They should also be aware that I have loaned these corporations substantial sums of money. I hope they won't think too badly of me if I don't forgive these debts since I am counting on their repayment to support myself and my wife into our older old age.
J. Robert (Bob) Ross
Protest greed, demand change
When Tea Party advocates raised angry voices denouncing the deficit (only after a Democratic administration inherited it from a Republican one that had been handed a surplus), they were hailed as democracy in action, demanding cuts to government jobs (teachers, police, firefighters) and to Social Security (even though it is solvent for decades and did not create the deficit).
They continue to be darlings of the media as they rail against ending tax breaks for the wealthy and corporations, calling them "job creators" even though corporations have record amounts of cash while not creating new U.S. jobs, and often not paying taxes.
In contrast, when ordinary Americans hit the streets to protest the massive greed of Wall Street and the banks, they are labeled by some as dangerous mobs.
Bailed out by taxpayers, banks continue multimillion dollar bonuses and practices that led to the meltdown, while sitting on excess reserves and refusing to loan money to create new jobs and save small businesses and people's homes.
Maybe all of us need to take to the streets to protest their greed, as well as the Senate's recent rejection of the jobs bill that would rebuild our crumbling infrastructure. We must demand a constitutional amendment to declare corporations are not people and cannot give unlimited, undisclosed money to influence elections and elected officials. Let's revive our democracy.
Don't denigrate protestors
I am seriously disgusted with comments that denigrate and misrepresent these sincere citizen protestors, some more youthful than most of us, who have given so much time, energy, spirit and thought to this effort.
The Occupy Lexington/Occupy Wall Street protest deals with many different issues: anger about the bank and corporation bailouts, corruption of politics by these same bodies and others, theft of our elections, jobs, wars (on humans), education costs, inequitable taxation and health care costs.
Today, I got a call to help a former foster son move a friend. In tears, his friend thanked me over and over, even before I helped.
With recent, serious medical issues, she and her friend — who had paid on a house for 14 years — were being evicted. They were moving to a trailer trashed and stripped of wiring by a meth addict.
A profound photograph of Lexington's protest showed a beautiful child in a polka dot dress with this sign: "For the first year of my life I was homeless. I am the 99%."
Another sign: "Economic Greed creates Political Corruption." And speaking of corporate theft: "Mountaintop Removal is Kentucky's Version of the Gulf Oil Spill," one sign said. These are reasons to stand with Occupy Lexington. Act now.