Your article, “Occupy Everett ready to stay awhile” makes me proud of Everett and Snohomish County. The agreement to allow a small camp on the county campus respects the right of free speech and protects the community’s good order and safety. It’s well worth the small cost.
We all need to care and support the concern for the basic unfairness and dangers to democracy of the growing gaps between very wealthy and middle class and poorer Americans. The county’s creative response allows this protest to be seen and heard while avoiding the prospect of confrontation and violence we witnessed in Oakland.
As a person who marched with Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma and coordinated the November 1969 March on Washington protesting the war in Vietnam, I believe it is vital that both protesters and government seek nonviolent ways to engage crucial issues in our society.