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Add Your Voice to the Occupy Boston Debate

Last Friday we asked you if Occupy Boston should stay or go. More than one hundred comments have flooded in since then. Add yours.

Today is Monday, Nov. 21. Here are five things you need to know today.

1. Patch readers have a *lot* to say about the Occupy Boston protest. After the incident over the weekend at UC Davis, I imagine more of you might have a word or two to share. On Friday we invited readers to weigh in on whether or not the protest can or should rightfully stay in Dewey Square and more than 100 comments came pouring in. .

2. Attention: If you did not have a New Kids on the Block problem when you were a small child (like me) you can skip ahead to thing #3. Joey McIntyre will perform during the city's tree lighting ceremony this year. That's right. Read about it here

3. If you see a lot of security around the Barnes and Noble on Boylston today, it's no big deal -- just . He'll be signing copies of his new book  at 10 a.m. 

4. You can get a jump on Christmas shopping and get someone an arts gift certificate through the city this year -- good for redeeming half-priced tickets all year long to shows in Boston. Check out the deal on the mayor's holiday special

5. Today's forecast: Partly sunny, with a temperature falling to around 41 by dinner time. 

For more info on what's happening around the neighborhood, check out our events calendar. And feel free to add your own

PGRD November 21, 2011 at 11:49 AM
The "Occupy" movement has not developed a discernible direction or message, in my opinion and thus seems to have become just an embattled, angry collection of disenchanted, disenfranchised people. In my view the anger and disgust of the people should be directed to Washington and the incompetent, entrenched incumbents that we have misguidedly been tricked into electing, thinking that they had at least some interest in the health and future of this country. I am very disappointed that the "occupy" movement did not re-group, re-focus and develop a political agenda to counter and dilute the destructive, negative power of the Tea Party
Neil November 21, 2011 at 02:19 PM
The question you ask, "Should Occupy Boston should stay or go?" cannot be answered by saying you agree or disagree with their messages, or that you admire or dislike the people who are assembled in Dewey Sq, a public place. The question must be whether Boston is a place where we will defend the first amendment rights of Americans to do so. It's become fair game to criticize the hygiene or employment status of the people who are assembled at Dewey and by association all of the people who go down there to join them and stand-out with a sign. I have 30 neighbors who live in the suburbs like me -- middle class families, soccer moms, working moms and dads -- who support some of the issues Occupy Boston is raising whether its corporate control of government, income inequality, student debt, government repression of free speech, or the militarization of our police forces. It would be a shame if the inconvenience caused to some commuters was deemed more important than the right to protest.
Cory Gudwin November 21, 2011 at 03:55 PM
Yes, they may protest. The issue is that many of the OWS claims seem conspiracy-theory-based. I also detect thinly-veiled anti-semitism in some of the claims. Somehow we have recently nurtured a Culture of Blame. If I have failed in life, somebody is to blame: Some evil plotting group: bankers, corporations, capitalists, the rich, or a certain privileged ethnic minority. There is seems to be zero interest among those who have failed in life in examining personal reasons for their personal failure. These un admitted reasons include untreated mental illness, substance abuse, and an unpleasant self-obsessed personality. My experience with people has taught that losers blame others for their failure. Ayn Rand aside, all personal failure really is personal at the end of the day. People destined to succeed in life fail, learn, and try again. Poverty and homelessness need to remain the consequence of being lazy, being actively drinking or drugging heavily, or a having general bad attitude when working under others.
Daniel Marcella November 21, 2011 at 04:06 PM
AMEN to all your points Cory!!
Anne Justice November 21, 2011 at 05:19 PM
Cory,how many of the people that you are stereotyping do you honestly know? Sounds like you need to look in the mirror as you blame others,right? You are basically putting all of the protesters in one catagory and that is wrong. BTW Daniel ironically still will not answer direct questions?????????
LJoel Hackbart November 29, 2011 at 06:53 PM
I agree. The 8 milliom people who lost their jobs at the height of the recession got together in a mass conspiracy and decided to be lazy. And the fifty thousand factories that closed over the past decade had nothing to do with outsoucing. It was because the workers got lazy. The only reason the top 400 Amreicans control more wealth than the bottom 150 million is because blue collar workers are lazy. I'm being sarcastic by the way.

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