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Middle class needs defense

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Last week, a courageous group left the Occupy Wall Street camp in New York City and started marching to Washington, D.C. Their goal was to bring the outrage and energy of the 99 percent directly to Capitol Hill. They’re marching to call out the congressional Supercommittee, which could cut a deal before Wednesday slashing Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid to protect tax breaks for the 1 percent. To those folks who are complaining because “ragtag” protesters are causing traffic to slow: Just what are you doing to raise awareness which will influence voters to protect themselves? Nationwide protests are starting conversations about how the middle class now must pay more than their fair share to bail out this economy while also losing their safety net (Social Security and Medicare) and the ability to send their kids to college, among other things. I was there on Thursday, and I don’t think anyone has ever called my attire “ragtag” before. Because it was a working day, most of us there were retired, middle-class, Auburn citizens. A few kids from Sierra College joined us. However, I did park on High Street and for that I do sincerely apologize. I wasn’t there when the police officer reminded folks to not obstruct parking for local businesses. Others heeded that advice and I appreciate you bringing this issue to my attention. My bad. Won’t happen again. Patricia Grenfell, Auburn