All the "Occupy Wall Street" events around the country lack leadership and focus. It's one massive camp-out loaded with energy but devoid of message. I've been waiting for a collective demand to emerge, yet nothing happens.

I empathize with the protesters' frustration and anger. Sadly, they don't know how to put it into words. Today, so many young people have graduated from college after doing all the right things, only to discover they're heavily in debt and with no reasonable job prospects on the horizon.

From photos I've seen, the protesters appear to be young and well-educated. If they were to pose an immediate demand, I would suggest they lobby for some type of forgiveness for their enormous student loans.

Perhaps the much-vilified Wall Street tycoons could help (they might even make some friends). How difficult would it be for multimillionaires and billionaires to create a trust fund to pay off a small percentage of the appalling debt these kids carry?

That would be my first demand. The second would be for colleges to be realistic about their graduates' job prospects.

How many kids have slaved as interns, gone into debt, worked hard to get a degree in, say, broadcast journalism — only to find out there no openings in their field. It's time the education monolith became honest and told kids the truth.

Unless the Occupy Baltimore protesters at McKeldin Fountain find their voice, I fear their anger will be of little consequence.

Rosalind Ellis Heid, Baltimore