MONROE — The mood at the tea party at Lake Tye Park was patriotic.
More than 200 people gathered by the lake Saturday afternoon to protest government spending as part of the national Tea Party movement.
Tea stands for “Taxed Enough Already.” The movement was inspired by the Boston Tea Party of 1773, when Massachusetts colonists dumped tea into Boston Harbor to protest British tea taxes.
Thousands of people across the state made their voices heard on April 15, the due date for federal taxes.
Karen and Joe Catalini attended Saturday to learn more about issues affecting their lives. The retired couple met like-minded people and left armed with information, Karen Catalini said.
“If we don’t do something or say something, nobody’s going to pay attention,” Joe Catalini said.
Protesters waved American flags and hand-made signs. “No public money for private failure,” read one sign. “No more change,” stated another.
“We are being taxed too much,” said Kathy Doane of Sultan. Doane attended the rally to show her support and find out what she can do help the cause.
Doane has three young children. Future generations shouldn’t have to pay for today’s mistakes, she said.
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