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Occupy Wall Street: Moving to Your Street?

Parsippany has both McMansions and food pantries. Should the next protest be staged at Smith Field?

The Occupy Wall Street Movement continues, as disenfranchised Americans meet up, team up and speak up about what they see as the inequities of our country. Calling themselves the 99 Percent, the protestors express concerns about big business’ impact on politics.

Yesterday marked the beginning of a week-long protest in the Journal Square area of Jersey City.

Living in Parsippany, within Morris County (the eighth wealthiest county in the U.S.), in a town with a median household income of $86,013, versus the national average of $55,970, this issue is relevant to us.

Parsippany has both McMansions and food pantries, after all.

What are your thoughts on the Occupy Wall Street movement? Do you support it, or are you against it?

Also, many of the supporters appear to be young/recent college grads. What are your thoughts for students just entering the workforce struggling to find jobs?

Sharon Maroldi October 12, 2011 at 02:53 PM
This is from Eugie, a member of our Mom's panel who states: This movement is a symptom of a condition called poverty. The more people you have without a job, the angrier they get and some decide to voice that anger in a way of demonstration. It worries me because although some people are there for legitimate reasons, others are there just to cause fear and disruption. That is something I see daily in third world countries like mine. And believe me, this movement can become a Cancer. There will be people who will be relentless and stay on the streets and they don't realize that their pure presence can cause serious economic trouble -- putting us in greater risk for an endless recession. Here are a few examples: 1) the businesses around the area, they ar currently losing business because no one wants to deal, 2) unsanitary situations in the area also affect not only businesses but people who have to commute there, 3) if they start taking bridges or main avenues, the delays on everything also cause an economic impact. I believe in demonstrations but not in undefinitely occupying critical places. When that happens, the impact is greater than the benefit.
JB October 13, 2011 at 12:06 AM
I often become frustrated by public issues, but I just don't think standing in the street dressed like a zombie (or just plain standing in the street) will ever resolve those issues. When employees strike, that may result in some sort of outcome, but people looking out the window at other people really isn't going to resolve anything.
Pete October 13, 2011 at 02:25 PM
The establishment will be happy, as long as the demonstrators are kept pacified by the simple act of demonstrating. If the British had been able to keep things at the "public demonstration" level in 1770, we'd still be using pounds and shillings.
joe raich October 14, 2011 at 12:20 AM
Wall streeters, and your elected ones in Morris County don't understand or care about making changes with the way business gets done.Smithfield Park would be convienient!!!

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