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Occupy Movement is mystifying | LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor:

After reading Jim Hyde’s opinion I didn’t know if I should laugh or cry. I can tell you I’m a bit bothered by the fact we have an Occupy Movement group in our beautiful little town.

What am I missing? I’m in what these occupy loons are calling the 99 percent but I’ve never felt anyone or our government owed me anything. Was I naive growing up with basic values that if you wanted something you worked hard to earn it? If you wanted an education, you studied hard and worked part time, which left little to no time to protest.

I still don’t have a firm grasp on exactly what these occupiers are trying to achieve. Are they disgruntled with Wall Street, banks and corporate America for making large sums of money while making most of our lives easier? Why aren’t they marching on Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac or the U.S. Postal Service, just to name a few?  These companies are robbing us blind with billions of dollars in bailouts while their executives are getting huge bonuses and their pensions and retirement plans are far better than average.

There are some corrupt people in all parts of our society and Wall Street, banks and corporate America are not immune. Based on a few bad apples, it seems to me these occupiers are trying to tear apart our capitalist system and look to our government for entitlements, taking care of them from cradle to grave. Greece and Italy are great examples of socialist governments and how’s that working out?

To all who are involved with Occupy Whidbey, I encourage you to park your Lexus, put down that Starbucks latté, hang up your iPhone and fire up that PC. Get onto YouTube.com and search for “Bill Whittle Three and a Half Days.” He’s the only person I’ve seen that puts this movement into perspective.



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