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The Other 99 Percent

Updated on October 18, 2017
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Jack is currently a volunteer at the Westchester County Archives. Before retiring, he worked at IBM for over 28 years.


The latest news about Harvey Weinstein can be demoralizing. Is our society going down the drain? It is one thing after another... First there was Bill Cosby, America's dad, going down in disgrace and then Bill O'Reilly, a Conservative icon who championed Megan's law and Kate's law resigning after 20 years on Fox news.

However, what about the other 99 percent? These are individuals that you and I know on a daily basis, who goes about doing their job, taking care of their families and volunteering to help their neighbors... Don't they get a voice?

- Oct. 2017

A View From Westchester County, NY

I live in a suburb community just north of NYC. We are a small town with a population of around 30,000. It is a great place to live and raise a family. We have great schools, parks and hiking trails. We have good transportation without congestion. We have buses and trains and bicycle lanes that goes across our county. We have great people who live and serve our community. Let me focus on our citizens. They are nameless and faceless. You see them in the malls and churches around town. They are friendly and helpful and caring. These are the American heros. They live their lives to the fullest. They are patriotic and generous and religious. They are blessed with riches beyond the money and gold of wall street or Hollywood. They are our neighbors and friends and colleagues. They don't lead perfect lives but yet they do what is necessary to keep us safe and provide services for all of us. They include our policeman, fireman, EMT personnel, our healthcare professionals and our teachers and social workers and restauranteurs...

I have been retired since 2016. I volunteer at the County Archives along with two dozen other volunteers. We provide services that preserve our heritage and culture for future generations. I go to our local library and meet with other citizens of our community. We share our ideas and thoughts and talents in our writer's group. We come from all backgrounds and cultures and political leanings and yet we are civil and respect each other and offer positive critique for each other to improve our writing skills.

I attend regular church services at our local parish. I see people volunteering and donate food and clothing to help the homeless...

These are the real Americans. They are living their lives without fanfare or drama. Their lives are not a reality TV show. They don't drive expensive cars or live in mansions. These are the 99 percent who makes America what it is. A country of opportunity and freedom unlike any other in the world.

St. Patricks Church of Yorktown

Greenburgh Public Library

FDR State Park

Westchester County Archives


My humble advice to all is to take a breath and ignore all these distractions. In my 40 years living in the Hudson Valley, I met overwhelmingly lots of fine people. Many were neighbors and aquaintances from church or school functions. I never came across a member of the KKK or white supremist. I never came across a member of the Occupy Wall Street type or BLM. People going about their days, living and helping. That is the 99 percent.

© 2017 Jack Lee


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    • jackclee lm profile imageAUTHOR

      Jack Lee 

      17 months ago from Yorktown NY

      Carolyn, you are absolutely correct. Where are the whistleblowers? We need more people in government and in private industries to speak up.

    • Carolyn M Fields profile image

      Carolyn Fields 

      17 months ago from South Dakota, USA

      Another excellent hub. I have one thing to add about HW. He was enabled to do what he did, as long as he had power to advance careers. The avalanche of hate towards him didn't occur until he was removed from his position of power. Then it seemed like everyone came out against him all at once. What's just as sad as what he did, in my opinion, is the number of actors and actresses who had knowledge of his behavior, and stayed silent as long as he could do something for them. That's what's wrong with our society. People who won't speak up as long as they are "getting theirs." Thanks for listening.

    • breakfastpop profile image


      17 months ago

      Well said, and important to remember.

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      Eric Dierker 

      17 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.



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