Letters to the Editor
Comparing Occupy Wall Street to the Tea Party
Recently several letters to the editor have “spontaneously” popped up in our local papers defending the Occupy Wall Street movement and the so-called “99 percent.” These normally lack a few things, namely the truth. The authors launch into a hearty defense of the Occupy Movement and a vitriolic attack on the Tea Party. Unfortunately they are short on truth and long on lies.
One of the common descriptions of the “99 percent” or “Occupiers” is that “At worst they engage in civil disobedience by overstaying their leave at a public space.” This is either completely ignorant of facts or outright lies.
OWS was launched publicly Sept. 17. Oct. 2 more than 700 OWS protestors arrested for blocking traffic on Brooklyn Bridge. Oct. 11 speakers at Occupy LA stated “Violence will be necessary to achieve our goals.” Oct. 16 more than 74 OWS protestors arrested in violent clash with riot police in New York City.
Oct. 19 Occupy LA causes more than $400,000 in damage to City Hall. Oct. 23 more than 130 OWS protestors arrested for violent clash with police in Chicago. Nov. 14 Occupy Atlanta hits total of 75 arrests since protests began. Nov. 16 over 200 OWS arrested in New York City after clash with police.
Jan. 29 Occupy Oakland chants “Kill the police!” on video after hundreds were arrested for rioting. Feb. 5 according to Occupy’s own Twitter account the number of arrests hits a total of 6,477. March 2 Occupy Oakland protestors arrested for hate crimes, robbery and assault. March 14 Occupy Wall Street protestors dump large amounts of human feces in lobby of local bank. March 17 OWS protestors advocate killing of police officers on Twitter.
But those are just numbers. Let’s look at some of the more heinous reasons the Occupiers are being arrested. Assault/threats: 41 (multiple stabbings, knife fights and death threats); rape and sexual assault: 16 (multiple group-rapes, and incidents involving children). Occupy also has nine deaths, two murders, public masturbation, public defecation, burning of the U.S. flag, hate crimes against homosexuals, child molestation, infant abuse, strangled parents in a PT Cruiser, a tuberculosis outbreak, and is responsible for tens of millions of dollars in damage due to riots and arson. Not exactly “civil disobedience.”
OK, fine, but how about the Tea Party? Do a Google search, and look back in the newspaper archives for 2009-10. None of these offenses were committed by the Tea Party. Not a single person was arrested at the thousands of Tea Party rallies across the country. The Tea Parties didn’t even leave trash or litter behind; they literally cleaned up after themselves. The Tea Party gatherings were more like outdoor church revival meetings. Tea Parties were peaceful, made up mainly of senior citizens, trying to bring back a smaller, more responsible government.
To quote one of the original Tea Partiers, “Facts are stubborn things…” John Adams, 1770.
Uphold the Sussex sheriff's powers
The Legislature is considering two bills that rein in citizens’ securities. HB 290 codifies they don't want our sheriffs to be more than clerks. The people elected Jeffrey Christopher as our sheriff in the full sense of the responsibilities of a sheriff. Elected by the people, he works for the people and should take orders from the people. Law adapted to the Constitution and laws of the U.S. provide that: "1. The sheriff is the chief law officer of the county. 2. The general duties of the Sheriff are, first to keep the peace within the county; he may apprehend, and commit to prison all persons who break the peace; he is required ex officio to pursue and take all traitors, murderers, felons and rioters." Sheriffs across the nation do so. The sheriff is the supreme law officer of the county. He should not take orders from anyone except the people to whom he is accountable. Should he be ordered to do anything that violates the Constitution, his duty is to disobey such orders. The Constitution trumps all orders.
The sheriff has more power than the president as, if federal bureaucrats seek to issue orders or regulations contrary to the Constitution, it is his duty to protect and defend us. Federal agents abide or face arrest. I see a relationship between limiting local law enforcement and the federal government's intent on entering your home without warrant or cause, or whether you are there or not.
Further reining in citizens' safety and security, legislation is proposed to weaken the punishment for home invasions - essentially terror acts. We have frequently been warned, of late, that home invasions are on the rise and will increase due to growing unemployment, poverty and even hunger as regulations are harming farmers. Sen. Dave Lawson is sponsoring SB161 to provide for stronger punishment for the crime of home invasions.
For your own security and protection I urge you to support your sheriff and his full duties and Senate Bill 161.
Algebra is essential for real life
Having taught math courses for 37 years, I cringed when I read Dot Gedney's letter to the editor in the News Journal (Feb. 29) on "real life" education. She stated, "Instead of sitting through algebra, which few of us use in the real world, why not classes in "real life." She obviously doesn't shop, especially grocery shop, doesn't own a home, a car, or take public transportation, isn't concerned about retirement, doesn't cook, or take OTC medications, has no medical insurance, doesn't work, doesn't do her taxes, and basically makes no non-emotional decisions regarding anything. I'll stop here for the sake of print.
I suspect that she really doesn't exist, at least not in this world. But that's not what makes me cringe. Her children end up in my algebra class. Instead of spending all of the time available teaching them ways to increase the quality of their lives, I have to spend half the time convincing them that their prejudice against algebra is totally misguided. They need to know that algebra is involved in their daily lives whether they are " using a computer, repairing a lamp, painting, changing the oil in a car or refinishing furniture."
Catholic Charities thanks providers
In honor of National Child and Adult Care Food Program week, March 18-24, the staff of Catholic Charities Food Program would like to recognize all of the licensed daycare providers working with us statewide for the wonderful work you do caring for Delaware’s children. The time, energy and devotion given every day to the children in your homes and centers is testament to the high standard of care and commitment you hold for your program; your loyalty ensures that these children receive the best in nutrition, activity, and nurturance that they need and deserve. We salute our providers and renew our pledge to continue to support you in your work with our children.
RES thespians should be applauded
I have just returned from Rehoboth Elementary School’s production of “Willy Wonka Jr.,” and I wish that everyone in our community could have had the opportunity to see this amazing musical. It was hard to believe that this was an elementary school production. There are simply not enough superlatives to describe the tremendous effort given on the part of the talented actors, and by all those who worked behind the scenes to make this a truly stupendous performance.
I went to the show with my friends and their two young sons and all five of us were transfixed by the first-class set design, the terrific costumes, the beautiful singing, the great choreography and most of all by the story brought to life by Rehoboth Elementary’s thespians. The acting was superb - from Charlie, to Willy Wonka, to the Oompa Loompas - everyone in the cast did a wonderful job and more importantly, looked as though they were having the time of their lives on stage.
Even the ushers who handed out programs and escorted us to our seats were polite, respectful and an important part of the production. Congratulations to director Kristin Gray, who somehow manages to top herself every year; her assistant director, Kevin Carter; and principal/stage manager, Trish Mumford.
It is perhaps a good thing that Tony Awards aren’t given to elementary school students; there wouldn’t be nearly enough room to house all those trophies.
Great job, Rehoboth Elementary!