Why I occupy

November 16, 2011

Here is why I occupy.

When I see teachers who feed, clothe and nurture children in their charge get treated by society without the respect and funding they deserve.

This is why I occupy.

When I see police and firemen stretched to their limits that endanger themselves and those they seek to protect.

This is why I occupy.

When I see financial institutions take advantage of people’s dreams of homeownership, only to destroy those dreams by methods of robo-signing and illegal foreclosures.

This is why I occupy.

When I see the above institutions try to pass off this “bad debt” to the FDIC.

This is why I occupy.

When one lone citizen, zealous and cruel, can make us fear to speak against it.

This is why I occupy.

When I have waited after eight years of Bush’s abuse of power, now to have one malicious and racist group take hold of our country’s purse strings.

This is why I occupy.

When the absence of civil debate and the spirit of compromise is no longer the norm.

This is why I occupy.

Too long, we the people of rational ideas and compassion for our fellow men, have been silent. We now roar.

Christy Gutowski

From the Nov. 16-22, 2011, issue


  1. Richard Thomas

    November 16, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    Amen…We the People need to occupy every corner of our nation.

  2. John

    November 18, 2011 at 7:33 am

    Okay, I get it. It’s George Bush and the Republicans fault?

    Your arguments are baseless and hollow. By giving a pass to the Democrats and Obama, you reveal yourselves as socialists who would rather have income taken from someone else and given to you because you think you’re somehow entitled.

    Your tiny group of so-called “occupiers” are left wing extremists, bent on anarchy, class warfare, and redistribution of wealth. Sorry, but as meany cities are finally seeing, it’s time for you to be removed from our parks, and from out streets. You may continue to excercise your first amendment rights, but in a way that no longer infringes on my rights.

    If you have a problem with that, you will find yourself protesting from a jail cell.

  3. kitty

    November 20, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    John, I am an occupier and I am not a left wing extremist!! You went into a name calling tirade so it is hard to communicate with someone whose ignorance is showing.
    NO ONE is asking that income be taken from someone else and given to us. What we stand for is that the 1% pay their FAIR SHARE of taxes!!! Our economy would not be where it is if this were to happen.

  4. nobama4me

    December 8, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    The 1% pay more in taxes than the 99% combined. They pay enough.

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