Letter: Actually, there are good reasons to object to ALEC
Reading Grant Bosse’s columns in the Sunday Monitor leads to one unshakable conclusion: Bosse will do his conscientious best to present a comprehensive exposition of the arch-conservative side of whatever topic he is spotlighting. For a balanced, objective consideration of the issues, look elsewhere.
His Aug. 18 piece, “From Washington, 2 flawed attacks on free speech,” is a prime example. Bosse excoriates U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois for sending letters to 300 organizations, asking them to disclose any ties to the American Legislative Exchange Council. Bosse also refers to “left-wing paranoia” – his words – regarding ALEC.
But Bosse offers no consideration of why anyone – senator, citizen, voter – would find ALEC objectionable. The simple fact is that ALEC, funded largely by extremely wealthy multinational corporations, authors and espouses legislative bills at the state level designed to maximize these corporations’ profits, at the expense of the environment and the overall well-being of the public.
Monitor readers deserve a more balanced and informed treatment of important issues than Bosse appears able, or willing, to offer.