Who I am
I am a candidate for state representative for Northwood. I have served on many boards and committees in Northwood, including three years as selectwoman, the planning board, budget committee, economic development committee, cable advisory committee, technology committee, community resources committee and recycling committee. I have also served as a board member of Bear-Paw Regional Greenways and am a founding member of the Northwood Farmers Market. I am a board member and posting co-editor of The Forum, our local newspaper, and the chair of the Northwood Democrats.
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
What is ALEC - letter to the editor
We all know what Walmart is, most of us probably know what Amazon.com is, but do you know what ALEC is, and what the relationship between them means?
ALEC is the American Legislative Exchange Council. You can find out a lot about it at this link. But if you have wondered about the many bills introduced in the legislature this year that seemed to come out of nowhere, that nobody in NH seemed to have asked for, you might very well find that they came from ALEC and several other like-minded groups that are funded by large corporations and write bills which benefit these businesses and the causes their owners support.
Walmart and Amazon.com are the most recent of the group of companies who have withdrawn their financial support from ALEC. Why? Because of the outcry from consumers who have discovered that these companies provide the backing for identical laws, which are hurting the rest of us, being introduced all around the country. It’s supposed to be a secret, but in the age of Google, and Facebook and Twitter, it’s hard to keep a secret and the word gets around very fast.
I don’t know about you, but I really don’t like it when legislators in the NH State House take their orders from outside the state. It makes me angry when they get treated to trips and parties in Washington DC to get their marching orders from people who don’t live here and have no real interest in our welfare. Have you asked your legislators about ALEC? Have they sponsored legislation that was written by ALEC? Taken trips paid for by ALEC? You can find out here. Might be worth knowing before the election this time.
Posted by Lucy Edwards at 7:56 AM