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Letter to the Editor

BY DI READERS | OCTOBER 14, 2011 7:20 AM

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Brought to you by: corporations

The park was littered with Coleman tents. Occupiers slowly stirred in the morning mist, wiping down lawn chairs and laughing in small groups. Ten feet away from a sign begging people to be mindful of where they smoke, I lent a lighter to two young guys; they were smoking Marlboro Lights. Noticing the irony — which was furthered when I saw a young boy discarding a Wal-Mart brand Mountain Lightning bottle in the garbage — I walked away with a grin.

Reaching the corner, I turned around for one last look and the "My name is … I Want" bulletin board caught my attention. It's scattered with tacked up pieces of paper giving Occupiers' individual motivations for protest. Reading "I want everyone to pay the same amount of taxes no matter how much their annual income maybe. The wealthy should not be exempt" verbatim, I turned around, even more highly convicted. According to the other signs, shouldn't the tax system yield more money from the diabolical "rich?"

But why should the rich fund the 99-percent's health care or increase their veterans' pensions? Couldn't they provide for themselves by choosing an actual occupation, rather than one of College Green Park?

If these people want jobs and opportunities, why not put down the signs and occupy the educational institutions of Iowa City? I can't help but think how much good an English 101 course from Kirkwood could have for the girl waving a sign emblazoned with "Have the corporations bailed out you? Me either" at passing cars.

The "revolution" against the mega corporations looks like it's sponsored by Coleman, Phillip Morris, and Wal-Mart. "Have the corporations bailed out you?" Yes, it's called a salary. I'll start receiving one in January after I graduate. Oh, wait, you were looking for the answer "Me, neither."

Got it.

Nicholas Maas
UI senior


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