By Robert Trigaux, Times Business Columnist
In Print: Thursday, October 13, 2011
[EDMUND D. FOUNTAIN | Times]
I've never been much of a sign-wielding protester. But I often wonder why Florida lacks a sense of civic activism to get off the couch and make a public stink over unfairness, corruption or just plain greed.
I hear there's plenty of that going around.
So I am impressed that the Occupy Wall Street event that started so modestly in lower Manhattan has spread as far as Tampa Bay, where Occupy Tampa assembled in a downtown park and, come Saturday, will crop up at an Occupy St. Petersburg gathering in South Straub Park.
Most mainstream media seem rusty in covering protests. They choose "nobody's sure what they really want" remarks leading off much of their coverage in New York City. It sure seems obvious to me. They want the astonishing income inequality in our society to become less lopsided. They want Wall Street to contribute to the country's future instead of bonus-bulging financiers literally crafting investment schemes to make money for hedge fund insiders but purposely lose money for blindsided investors.[continued]