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Letters to the editor for Oct. 29

Letter writer shows no compassion

Aaron Lambert ('Rebels with a lost cause,' Letters to the Editor, Oct. 26) should be ashamed of himself for being compassionless toward the homeless and the less fortunate. He slams the occupiers, saying they are no better than the homeless in our cities.

I am guessing with a name like 'Aaron' he is a young man, who perhaps wasn't taught history in school. I believe they have cut history in schools because of the budget cuts. I am giving him the benefit of the doubt.

Aaron, do us a favor and put your tax dollars to work and visit your local library. There you will find history books that will explain how this country was formed. It wasn't by sitting back and allowing discrimination and injustices. When needed, we rose to the occasion. Change doesn't happen by itself, the people have to demand it.

Thank you occupiers for standing up for the 99 percent.

Sherry Anderson

Gresham

Media hides corporate money aiding occupiers

I found your lead article, 'Rebels with a lot of causes,' (The Outlook, Oct. 19) both interesting and intriguing.

However, one consistent thing I have noticed missing from both network coverage and local coverage is who is directing and financing this movement, which seems to be not just in New York and Portland, but worldwide.

The news media has been deafly silent about who is orchestrating the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations. Demonstrators would like us to believe this is a grassroots movement with no particular spokesperson, yet, it's hard to ignore the concerted effort by unions, liberal groups and other Soros-funded entities that prop up and fund the occupy movement.

They must think we are stupid to buy that one, because every demonstration has someone directing, coordinating and financing it.

There is such a double standard here. Say, had the Tea Party put on this demonstration, reporters would be falling all over themselves trying to get to the bottom of the story. But in this case, the media characterizes this movement as being like Robin Hood, and you know that story, irrespective of the fact that they defy authority and show a lack of respect for authority and people who do not share their views.

What started in Zuccotti Park in New York and now has spread to cities in virtually every state except five or six and now expanding overseas, the question needs to be asked and answered, who is financing and directing this movement?

On Oct. 14 2011, Iris Somberg of CNSNews.com wrote an article ('$3.6 million from Soros backs Occupy Wall Street; Media ignore or downplay connection') in which she looked into who is coordinating and financing this movement.

George Soros, known as a left-wing financier, claims he is not behind this movement, yet evidence shows otherwise based on funding from his foundations. Somberg points out he does more than just sympathize, 'his foundations funded groups that back the protests and steer their 'progressive' message.'

She points out that 'organizations that joined the protesters were granted more than $3.6 million from Soros's Open Society Foundations. On Oct. 5 there was a 'march of solidarity with Occupy Wall Street that listed seven such groups out of the 16 overall supporting the protest. Those seven organizations received $3.6 million from Soros' Open Society Foundations since the year 2000, with more than $2 million going to Common Cause Education Fund, and another $1.1 million to MoveOn.org.

Additional funding went to the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Community Voices Heard, Coalition for the Homeless, Neighborhood Economic Development Advocacy Project (NEDAP) and 350.org.

These particular organizations were joined by friends in the progressive media.

Somberg points out that a publication for the protesters, the 'Occupy Wall Street Journal,' is supported by the Independent Media Center, which received more than $70,000 from two parts of the Tides organization.

This group donates millions of dollars to liberal causes and is partially funded by Soros. Since 2000, Tides received $25.9 million from his Open Society Foundation.

Tides is made up of the Tides Center, which received $7.5 million, and the Tides Foundation, which got an additional nearly $18.5 million.

Adbursters, which Reuters called 'an anti-capitalist group in Canada which started the protests,' received $184,721 in Tides money.

The story goes on and on.

So, my question is, why isn't the media picking up on this story rather than ignoring it, which does a disservice to all of us? Now I understand why unions are supporting this cause.

Louis H. Bowerman

Portland

An open letter to the Occupy Portland, Occupy Wall Street and others

If you're so angry at the banks - who support big business - may I suggest that you rid yourself of your cell phones, computer devices, clothing, camping equipment, music instruments, etc., because all of the above were made by evil corporations that are supported by those evil banks.

The evil banks provided many of you with student loans, backed by the U.S. government. Your anger should be directed at the universities that continually increase tuition.

Do you want a democracy or a republic? Do you even know the difference?

I work for a living, and I am the 1 percent who gladly pays taxes and asks for little in return.

Jackie Bennett

Gresham