Letters to the Editor

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Tag: occupy wall street

July
9th

ECONOMY: We keep asking the wrong questions

I was bemused but vexed when I read the Stephen Stromberg article (TNT, 6-8), “Even at 6.8 percent, student loans are a good deal.” It made me think about how we are asking all the wrong questions these days.

Student debt has reached more than $1 trillion, exceeding credit card debt, and it cannot be forgiven through bankruptcy. Costs of college have skyrocketed for the past two decades, and while the value of the education might be great, it is totally the wrong question to ask whether the loans are a good deal.

They are another good deal for

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Feb.
6th

PROTESTS: Movement shines important spotlight

Re: “Occupy Tacoma may face eviction” (TNT, 2-2).

I’m sorry to hear that the powers that be are seeking to get rid of Occupy Tacoma. It is sad that it is one of the few remaining settlements nationwide.

These mostly young people are the “canaries in the coal mine” who are bringing the problems in our current society to our attention, problems like income disparity, money corrupting politics, the environment, jobs going overseas, unfair tax structure and lack of jobs.

I try to drop in a few times a week to deliver some hot food and hold a sign

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Jan.
9th

PROTESTS: Occupy movement does have a plan

After feeling confused about the strategies and mission of the Occupy Wall Street movement, I did a four minute internet search to find local events and information. It quickly became evident that the Occupy groups are focused and networking nationally and globally.

I encourage everyone to go to www.the-99-declaration.org and read this document that may be the solution to restoring voters’ voices to the political process. The demonstrations, the rhetoric and the news coverage do not do justice to a powerful idea that represents people of all races, economic levels and political beliefs.

Jan.
9th

TACOMA: Occupy camp a bad introduction

I was driving my 87-year-old mother through downtown Tacoma and pointed out, without comment, the Occupy Tacoma site on Pacific Avenue.

“What’s that?” she asked. “It looks awful! What an introduction to our city! How long are they going to be allowed to do that?”

This comes not from one of the 1 percent, but from a lifelong proud Tacoman, a first-generation working-class American who grew up worshipping FDR. Ah, the wisdom of the golden years.

If our city leaders truly want to improve the local economy and the image of the city, perhaps installing a Chamber of Commerce welcome

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Jan.
6th

PROTESTS: How Occupy isn’t like the tea party

Re: “Liberal bias led to 2011 whopper” (letter, 1-5).

Unlike the tea party, the Occupy Wall Street movement was not organized by the 1 percent. It was not funded by Koch Industries’ money funneled to Super PACS like Americans for Prosperity and Freedom Works.

Occupy Wall Street did not bring weapons to their protests. They did not suggest that if change did not occur they would use “2nd Amendment solutions.” They did not vandalize private property of their political opponents.

Because the tea party was a rebranding of the Christian Right melded to the Corporate Right, it continued to

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Dec.
13th

PROTESTS: Methods not effective

Re: “Occupiers stand for what really matters” (Letter, 12-12)

The writer of this letter still “strongly supports the Occupy movement” and also states that the future of America’s children is being stolen by the “voracious greed” of Wall Street. What she fails to recognize is that sitting around on the wet pavement outside corporate or government buildings is not going to change what she perceives as the practices of greedy, thieving economic figures.

Granted, this is America and the protestors should have full First Amendment rights to do what they wish. But they also believe that what they are

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Dec.
12th

DEBT: Easy credit spending out of control

It’s easy to blame those big, bad banks for the financial mess many people find themselves in today. But, all too often, the people who are hurting the worst and complaining the loudest have no one to blame but themselves.

A few months ago I made a purchase at a well known department store. When I checked out, I was told that if I would answer a few questions, I could get a 10 percent discount on my future purchases if I signed up for a credit card and agreed to pay 21 percent interest. No thanks.

On average, credit

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Dec.
9th

CORPORATIONS: Political reality misrepresented

Bradley Schiller totally misrepresents political reality in his column, ¨The problem is Washington, D.C. – not Wall Street¨ (TNT. 12-8). It is corporate America that runs Washington, D.C., not the other way around.

Corporations fund political campaigns of candidates for every political office imaginable, state and federal. They advertise their candidates with no limitations under the Supreme Court´s Citizens United decision. They fund an army of lobbyists to weaken congressional attempts at regulation. They cash in on their political contributions to get their lackeys appointed to powerful positions in agencies that regulate them.

It was corporate America that caused the

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