Part of a letter to the editor in the December 2nd edition of the local newspaper, The Register Guard:
Occupy Eugene’s “dry-place-to-sleep” zone is working great. Thanks to everyone for the donations. The port-a-potties are a high-priority expense, the city parks and recreation department is taking away the garbage, all recyclables and compost are continuously and carefully prescreened on site, and the wood-chip paths are refreshed regularly.
The kitchen is incredible, serving more people than the city’s only other secular soup kitchen (FOOD for Lane County). Having homeless people camp at the conveniently located and unobtrusive site is a natural. This is a priceless opportunity to raise the consciousness of citizens who are, for whatever reasons, clueless about the severity of economic the recession.
Let's see: Free food. Nap zones. Bathroom facilities and breaks. People who clean up after you. Clean play areas. Why not just call it Occupy DayCare for Adults? The big difference, however, is that the children in ordinary daycares don't spend their spare time lecturing the clueless citizens (aka, working parents) about the need for a raised consciousness regarding the goodness of a Nanny State.
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