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    Lumping Democrats with Republicans gets us nowhere

    IN HIS Dec. 10 column about Occupy Boston (“So, what was the point?’’ Op-ed), Tom Keane is too kind in saying that “it’s hard to see how they’ve played any role in figuring out a solution.’’ In fact, the Occupy movement adds to the problem by dismissing Democrats and Republicans as all the same.

    One party largely addresses Occupy’s causes - the jobs bill, health care reform, financial regulation -while the other often votes against them. Occupiers say that the parties are equally dependent on money. Right. And all vegetables depend on rain and sun. Anyone unable to tell a cauliflower from a carrot?

    Lumping the parties together is an excuse for an unwillingness to weed the garden while complaining about the produce. Will Occupiers join cynics who never vote?

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    This movement needs to stop thinking of politics as some PowerPoint presentation of orders handed down, and see it as a plot of land in which the future is planted. What counts most is the number of gardeners. And if Occupy deserves praise for anything, it’s the numbers that they - that we - represent.

    Jack Garvey

    Plum Island