2011-12-02 / Letters

Breaking Baxter’s Heart

Dear Editor,

It breaks my heart to give you credit for anything, but heartless as I am, I have no choice but to give credit where credit is due. Your letters on Occupy Wall Street, OWS, pro and con have been positive as far as I can see, and Janet Kelly’s article in “It’s My Turn” with the official chart from the Congressional Budget Office is something that cannot be ignored. After studying that map it begs the question. Why did my generation let the economy spiral so much out of control? Was it because we were experiencing the good times making a decent living and not worrying about tomorrow? Our bellies were full and we felt content. Well, tomorrow is here and it is my generation’s responsibility to stand up and speak out. We should stop placing the blame on the youth for voicing their opposition to the mess that we allowed to build up over the years. After all, the young people cannot be held accountable for what took place long before they were born. One thing we are sure of is that OWS has placed the spotlight on many things that are wrong in American society and the world at large.

Of course, there are many out there who believe that everything is rosy and cozy in America today. They believe that the OWS people should go home, take a bath and get a job. Those people living in Ga, Ga, Goo Goo land, some of them running for president of the United States of America, should all get together and build a wall around themselves. Make the wall higher than the one they are now living behind. We can check on them every ten years or so to find out how they are doing. For the rest of who believe that America is on the wrong track we have a great deal of work to do. First we should apologize to the youth for creating the disaster we left them. Then we should work with them to straighten it out. As they say in Ireland, “We hang together or we hang separately.”

We should be grateful to OWS for pointing out the glaring injustices in our society. Their “Mic Check” has forced the news media to amplify their voices into major news events and talk shows throughout America and the world. Even President Obama couldn’t escape the Mic Check at one of his recent events and was forced to listen and address their concerns.

JOHN BAXTER

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