Tim Chitwood: Don't too much protest the protest

tchitwood@ledger-enqurier.comDecember 1, 2013 

Read it in the paper, read it on the wall, hear it on the wind if you're listening at all: It's Monday Mail.

Protest

Today's opening is from the protest song "We Can't Make It Here Anymore" by James McMurtry.

Tax man

Today's the deadline to pay the rest of your Muscogee County property taxes, if you did not pay the full amount Oct. 1.

So watch out

Our report on the SOA Watch protest always draws comments like this from "Joseph C. Leuer" about the crowd estimate:

1,700 includes counting all the arms and legs of those attending. L&E, don't be so generous to this failed "movement" of misguided folks.

Hey Joe:

Is that an order?

That number is a little less than the peak police estimate I got Sunday.

Attention-getter

This is from "Hal Kirven," who notes no one got arrested this year:

No arrests. OK, enough's enough. Now, in addition to the city having to waste money on public safety personnel to observe and control the protesters, the protesters don't have enough energy left to get arrested, so the city loses out on the income to offset the public safety costs.

Come on L-E drop coverage of a nonevent so it will go away.

Dear Hal:

Will it go away while you still feel it's worthy of your criticism?

About the only way Columbus could recoup public safety costs is through sales tax revenue from demonstrators' patronizing local businesses.

The last time protesters came en masse was during George W. Bush's administration, which included two wars and the Wall Street scandal. That got them all excited.

Barack Obama's election kind of ruined all that.

So, keep electing a Democrat president, and their numbers may drop more.

Red badge of courage

This is from "El Borikua," regarding high school girls who see the protest's founder as a hero:

You want to be photographed with a hero? Find a Soldier who at 19-20 years of age has been deployed several times, seen his buddies die, taken care of those in need - even though they were just shooting at him earlier, has nearly froze to death, eaten God-knows-what out of a Meal Ready to Eat, and continued his work. That is a hero. They are reason why you can come and spend two days listening to pure propaganda and fantastic lies.

Dear El Borikua:

Is that soldier treated as a hero when he or she comes home maimed?

Tim Chitwood, tchitwood@ledger-enquirer.com, 706-571-8508.

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