Richard S. Davis rightly commends George Washington for his humility, temperateness, and sincerity (column, 2-22). What a contrast to Davis himself, who intemperately accuses the Occupy protesters of lack of patriotism, and asserts with no trace of evidence that their minds have been poisoned by the textbooks they read in high school.
I would simply like to remind Davis that the Occupy movement began on Wall Street in New York City as a protest against the punishing and unpunished behavior of financial behemoths who have effectively held the little people under their boot heels for the past eleven years.
I say, “Bravo, Occupiers!” You have reminded the powerful that the little people do exist and that, in the democracy that George Washington helped create, our freedom to assembly can be used to bring important issues to public consciousness.
Watching the local group struggle through Tacoma’s winter in their tents, with minimal comfort, I was reminded of the soldiers at Valley Forge. Now that they have peaceably disbanded and gone home, I’d like to thank everyone involved for their temperateness and forbearance. Tacoma seems to be a good place to live.