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Mail and Commentary Oct. 17, 2011

I have heard a lot of very hateful things said about the people participating in the Occupy movement over the past few days in Boise. I don't get it. What is so wrong about letting it be known that you've been wronged by an organization and you're hopping mad about it? As far as I'm concerned, that's being patriotic. Just think, hundreds of people would still be getting screwed by car dealerships if that guy never would have painted his car yellow and advertised the rotten deal he got. We all thought that was brilliant! All of us except the owner or that car company.

It is a good day in America when anyone will stand up and air their grievance. It is a better day to realize that you are not alone in your complaint and you can stand with others and discuss these grievances freely and hope to affect change. Although I'm not able to attend the march today, I support OccupyBoise and OccupyWallStreet, as do tens of thousands of people around the world. As one person at the general assembly put it earlier this week: "I am part of this because I can't find one reason not to be."

I too feel the same way. There is nothing unreasonable in the declaration of OccupyWallStreet. I also believe "that our system must protect our rights, and upon corruption of that system, it is up to the individuals to protect their own rights, and those of their neighbors; that a democratic government derives its just power from the people, but corporations do not seek consent to extract wealth from the people and the Earth; and that no true democracy is attainable when the process is determined by economic power. We come to you at a time when corporations, which place profit over people, self-interest over justice, and oppression over equality, run our governments."

—Lea Rainey, Boise

I am writing to express my discontent with the extreme disparity between the haves and the have-nots. I had nothing to do with what happened in 2008. No one I know had anything to do with it. Yet those who did the practices that got us into this economic mess have not suffered from it. They are doing as well or better because they have the money to make more money from the results of the collapse. That is, they are in a position to buy stocks at the lowered prices. They are in a position to purchase business that are or have failed to corporate gain. None of the institutions that misused retirement funds, fraudulently put people in homes they couldn't afford are paying for causing the millions of loss.

—Judy Last, Boise

Each day I see the human evidence of the growing inequity in the distribution of wealth in our country and communities. I am outraged and disgusted that our democracy has been completely co-opted and is controlled by corporate billionaires who care nothing for the lives of the people who labor to fill their coffers. It is time for working people to take back the country they and their forefathers suffered broken backs to build. The United States of American has turned into a "Company Town" and it is time to proclaim enough! We will not accept this anymore. The media may refuse to adequately cover the real issues underlying the wave of public demonstrations, but not for long. Soon there will be no ignoring the reality that the time for change is now!

—Dalynn Kuster, Boise

A few weeks ago, a local Facebook group was formed as a forum for people who are concerned for the welfare of the 99 percent of the U.S. population. I and members of the Facebook group OccupyBOI are citizens of the United States whose government and ideals of being part of the democratic process have been grossly infringed upon or covertly stripped away. Recently, many more eyes have been opened by the occupation of the financial district in New York City. Now at over 1,900 and growing, the members of this local group are organizing efforts in solidarity with other such groups forming around the country. One goal is the peaceful dissemination of awareness among the population of the power that the financial institutions and big corporations have over our everyday lives.

Much of the information regarding this national movement has been neglected, clouded or buried by mainstream media. I hope that you feel some obligation to your readership and to your First Amendment rights to be candid and transparent in reporting the actions being taken by the 99 percent of the population to reclaim our country. Don't be bought and paid for ... or brainwashed!

—Steve Commers, Boise