I’ve walked through Zuccotti Park for years -- never knowing its name until it became occupied. What started as a supposed grass roots movement has turned into a Circus.
Self-proclaimed anarchists are manning the entrance. And anarchy is a good description of what is occurring. Drug use is rampant and crime is increasing in the park. Whatever real message there was — if there was ever any - is obscured by the cloud from the pot smokers.
This is not about free speech anymore it is about a road-show wreaking havoc on local residents and businesses. we have a Mayor who doesn’t tolerate salt, smoke or trans fats but somehow allows this madness to continue. What would former Mayor Giuliani have done?
Guiliani says, "Well, I had a rule and I enforced it as best I could and pretty effectively. The rule was: 'You’re not allowed to sleep on the streets'. Sleeping on the streets is a dysfunctional act. It harms the person, it harms society, it leads to unsanitary conditions that affect public health.”
"If you want to stay over in New York City overnight, you got to rent a room, and if you’re homeless we got plenty of shelters for you," he went on to say.
Occupy Wall Street has outstayed its welcome. The camp’s proximity to the Ground Zero Memorial has only increased its visibility as an unlikely tourist attraction. But trust me, there is nothing attractive or inspiring about this occupation. Its time to pack up the tents and send them home.
Lew Leone is the vice president and general manager of WNYW-FOX 5. He is taking to the airwaves with his thoughts on current affairs. It's called "Lew's View." The views expressed are not necessarily those of the station or its employees.
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