One of our regulars was in the paper today, in the story about Occupy Columbia:
On Wednesday, Norm Ivey, a sixth-grade science teacher from Northeast Richland, stopped by because the national news coverage has piqued his interest. When asked whether he supported the cause, Ivey said, “That’s why I’m down here.”
After spending an hour observing and talking to participants, Ivey decided the protesters were acting responsibly.
“It’s not a mess like people are trying to make it sound,” Ivey said. “I’ve heard people say stuff about them, but one of my favorite hobbies now is fact-checking.”
He also agreed with the protesters’ concerns about money in politics. So much so, that he returned a few hours later with a few items for the protesters, including an old solar panel left over from a science experiment and an old deep cell battery he had used to power a vehicle.
Occupy Columbia’s staying power has been bolstered by donations like the one Ivey gave. Those donations include everything from protest posters to laptop computers….
Here’s hoping Norm will jump in to offer us his further impressions.
I’ve been meaning to get down there myself — although as a journalist, not as a supporter. Norm got there ahead of me…