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"Occupy" Reconsidered

I had been a staunch supporter of the "Occupy" movement until I spoke with some members and discovered that many of them want to support independent political candidates rather than Democrats. I find this very disturbing.

A vote for any independent candidate is an automatic vote for the Republican candidate. If it hadn't been for votes wasted on an independent candidate in the Bush-Gore presidential election, we'd now have a huge surplus instead of a deficit; we'd have saved the billions wasted on two meaningless wars; and we'd still have thousands of our finest young men and women rather than having sacrificed them on the altar of corporate greed. Our planet would not be on the brink of destruction due to global warming, and the financial meltdown would never have happened.

Our country simply can't survive another Republican presidency. The middle class have nothing left to give to support the elaborate lifestyles of the 1 percent to whom most of our tax money is given. We can't survive another episode of unchecked and unregulated greed by banks and corporations. The poor and middle class can't survive having medical care, Social Security, and educational opportunities taken from them in order to give multi-million-dollar bonuses to billionaires. The poor can't afford lobbyists.

I am very disappointed that the Occupy movement is missing a golden opportunity to help save our country. Sadly, their choice of backing independents will, once again, result in further widening the gap between the 99 percent who work for a living and the 1 percent who live off of them.

The Democrats may not be perfect, but choosing a Democrat over a Republican is, for the middle class, like choosing the common cold over the Ebola virus.

Jim Brasfield
Memphis

Guns and Votes

I wish that someone would explain why requiring gun owners to show identification, provide fingerprints, submit to a criminal background check — and to also have the burden of proof that any incorrect results of said background check are, in fact, incorrect put upon them and not the police agency running the check — is not illegal or unconstitutional, but requiring voters to show identification to assure election officials that the person casting a ballot is, in fact, the person that they claim to be is illegal and unconstitutional ("ID, Please," December 8th issue).

To paraphrase hoplophobes (people with an unreasonable fear of guns), "If it prevents only one case of voter fraud, isn't it worth the cost?"

Wouldn't anyone wanting a healthy "one person, one vote" electoral process want to ensure that people casting ballots are who they claim to be?

Doug Hesson
Memphis

Cain Derailed

As Herman Cain slipped and fell in his attempt to be the GOP presidential candidate, he was heard to mutter not "Rosebud" but "13 years!" And then his gingerbread White House became a pizza with anchovies!

Joe Mercer
Memphis

Guns N' Roses

Can you explain why the Guns N' Roses show being canceled is supposedly "shocking to no one" (memphisflyer.com)? They've done dozens of concerts this year, dozens of concerts last year, and dozens of concerts the year before that. I've seen them three times since 2006.

The venue canceled the show, not Guns N' Roses and certainly not Axl Rose. They've been playing to nearly full or full arenas for three-and-a-half hours every night.

Chris Herrington would serve his readers well if he would dig a little deeper and find out what's going on instead of making snide remarks.

Chad Hart
Decatur, Illinois

Good News on the Economy?

Republicans circumvented the debt-reduction talks for two months, never having any intention of compromise or working toward reducing the deficit. Their goal was to sabotage any deal and keep the economy as weak as possible until election day.

Surprise, surprise! There are signs the economy is turning around. The stock market just had its fifth-largest one-day gain ever. U.S. companies who are sitting on piles of cash are in good shape to lead in the economic recovery. There has been private-sector job creation for 21 months in a row. After years of plummeting home prices, the housing market is showing signs of a turnaround. The Christmas retail season is off to a good start. Car sales are up, and many restaurants are packed again. Oh, and the unemployment rate just fell to 8.6 percent.

What are Republicans and their presidential hopefuls going to scare the American public with now?

Ron Lowe
Nevada City, California

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