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To: Our readers
From: Editorial staff
Re: The Occupy Wall Street movement
Our first thought on Occupy Wall Street was snarky: Occupy Wall Street? Can’t someone create an Occupy Las Vegas movement? We’d love to see people “occupy” the Strip — peacefully, that is, as tourists. They can spend their money, have a great time and make a statement that they care about Nevada’s economy.
OK. We’re done being snarky. More seriously, we understand why people are protesting, and we would think that most Nevadans would, too. The economy here has struggled — the state has the highest unemployment rate. It also has had the highest foreclosure rate due to the burst of the housing bubble.
Let’s face it, “Wall Street” — the financial industry — certainly played a role in the economic collapse. As many commentators and letter writers have noted, there doesn’t seem to be much justice: Rob a bank, go to jail; help tank the economy, get a bonus.
Yes, we know, the economy and the situation are more complex than that, but that’s the perception of many people: Too big to fail, Wall Street got bailed out and Main Street got the bill.
So what do you think?
Do you agree with the Occupy Wall Street movement or is it just hot air? Are you angry about this, and if so, who are you angry at? Did Wall Street get off easy in this? Should it be more regulated? What could or should be done from here to help the economy?
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We’ll print a selection of trusted commenters and letters to the editor in an upcoming issue, and a selection of letters will also appear on the website.
Thanks for reading. We look forward to hearing your thoughts. And please, as always, keep it civil: No biting, gouging, blows below the belt, putting other commenters into the wall or taunting. And easy on the name-calling: Even “Teanuts” and “liberal whack jobs” have feelings.
And, just because we love you (we do), below is a sampling of some stories, columns and chatter from around the Web on the issue. View with caution: Some of them may get your blood boiling, depending on your political persuasion. We take no responsibility for that. You have been warned.
• This is a Las Vegas Sun story on the local rally by Conor Shine Hundreds march on Strip to protest corporate greed.
• The New York Times has a good (and lengthy) discussion on the issue.
• Here is a CBS News story about the protests. It includes some interesting comments, including GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain calling the protests “anti-American."
• For inspiration or outrage (depending on your view), some pictures of Occupy Wall Street rallies around the country can be found at the Atlantic. The photos include some shots of arrests and police confrontations, and one photo, near the end, of a protester holding a Gadsden flag, the historic "Don’t tread on me"flag that became popular with the Tea Party. (Ironic, no?)
• Here’s Las Vegas Sun columnist J. Patrick Coolican’s view on the movement with his recent column "Finally, the 99 percent has had enough."
• New York Times columnist David Brooks writes a column titled: "The Milquetoast Radicals".
• Here’s a clip of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor expressing his concern about the "mobs"on Wall Street. Jonathan Capehart at The Washington Post has some strong views and contrasts Cantor’s statement with some of his previous comments about the Tea Party.
• Glenn Beck on the protests. (We hope he’s being facetious.) The video can be found at the Huffington Post. Starting around the 4:30 mark, you’ll find him say that capitalists should be careful about "playing footsies" with the protesters because they will "come for you and drag you into the streets and kill you"and calls the protesters "Marxist radicals." At 6:39, he says "these guys are worse than Robespierre from the French Revolution ... they’ll kill everyone." At 7:09, he says the people are "calling for revolution ... calling for the overthrow of the United States government."
• Rush Limbaugh says Occupy Wall Street is a diversion to help President Barack Obama. You can find the transcript under the headline "The Regime Concocted Occupy Wall Street to Target Mitt Romney."
Thanks again for reading and for your opinions. We appreciate your thoughts, even if we disagree.