Senior citizens occupied Asheville — where was Xpress?

I find it hard to believe that in your Nov. 2 issue you ignored an important event in your reportage of the local Occupy Wall Street movement.

On Oct. 29, some 40 members or friends of Elders United for Just Society joined the Occupy regulars in protesting downtown. The group met in Pritchard Park and joined in a rousing march to show solidarity with the local and national Occupy Wall Street effort.

The demonstrators, most in their 70s or 80s (and even one 94-year-old), made their presence known. They marched to show that it is not just idealistic young people who care enough about the USA to show their utter disgust with the role that Wall Street has played in corrupting our political process, damaging our economy and tearing the nation’s social fabric.

It was not physically easy for many of these folks to come out. A number were able to march only with the aid of a “third leg.” But come out they did. And on a very cold and windy day, too. Do you know any other city where a similar demonstration has taken place? It deserved, but did not get, coverage in your newspaper.

— Dave Stewart
Asheville

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