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Time for change

It’s time to take back Plattsburgh! The Occupy Wall Street rallies, which protest the cavernous wealth inequalities destroying our democracy, have sparked a movement that is quickly spreading across the country.

Just in New York, similar demonstrations are popping up in Albany, Binghamton, Ithaca, Rochester and Utica. Let’s add Plattsburgh to this list.

In the United States, the richest 20 percent of the population controls 84 percent of the wealth, according to PBS. Collectively, the nation’s wealthiest 400 families own $1.37 trillion. This is enough, according to United for a Fair Economy, to pay off educational loans for every student in the country, or buy a new car for every family, or pay off the credit card debt of every person, or provide a $10,000 bonus to every worker.

If massive non-violent change can be made in the Middle East, in the face of fearsome dictators, it can be made here. It's time to take our country back, starting with Plattsburgh!

For more information, join the 'Occupy Plattsburgh' page on Facebook..

Jon Hochschartner, Lake Placid

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