Commentary on today’s news and opinion, from readers and newsmakers.
Are protests by the Occupy movement helping Americans, or should the occupiers be doing something else? A letter to the editor, published in Monday’s Journal News and on LoHud.com, comes down on the “do something else” side of that question.
“Imagine the real difference one could make in Rockland County alone if they took that time to help at the Hi-Tor Animal Shelter, Meals-on-Wheels, Rockland Psychiatric Center, Good Samaritan Hospital or any number of places where the “99 percent” are hurting,” wrote Mary Stella of Orangeburg.
Her readers, however, are lining up on the other side:
“Protesting IS helping. I don’t have much time to protest, so I am glad that SOMEONE is doing it!”
— Alvin Funcoot
“I believe that the people have the right to protest but not harm anybody in the process. The only thing the ‘Occupiers’ on Wall St. did was hurt the local businesses ( 11 went out of business), drive up crime due to police redeployment, more money for sanitation, and did anything get changed? No, only the little guy got hurt again!”
— Brian Booth
“You’re missing the point. The Occupy movement isn’t about stopping companies from making profit — it’s about stopping companies from making profit in ways that are destructive to the country as a whole.”
— Lawrence Deneault
“Sorry, but the OWS folks are making more of a difference … they are generating lots of awareness and reaching a much larger target audience than if they worked at an animal shelter or someplace similar.”
— John Taylor
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