Letter: Getting it wrong on Right-to-Know
The Sunday Monitor republished an editorial that originally appeared in the Nashua Telegraph (“With Right-to-Know study, who’s looking out for public?” The Forum, Oct. 27).
The editorial incorrectly attributed certain motives to me, and representatives of neither the Telegraph nor the Monitor made any attempt to speak with me about what they determined my position to be.
When the Legislature acted to eliminate the well-respected and hard-working Right-to-Know committee no newspaper, including The Telegraph or the Monitor, chose to say a thing. When myriad attempts were made to strengthen the Right-to-Know law no newspaper, including The Telegraph or the Monitor, spoke up. No Telegraph or Monitor reporter nor anyone on The Telegraph’s or the Monitor’s editorial board thought to ask me, as chairwoman of the House Judiciary Committee, what I perceived the purpose to be of the decision by the committee to ask the Legislature to support a Right-to-Know commission proposal, one that will have to be accepted by the House and the Senate. Yet you had no hesitation to announce, incorrectly, why we were supporting this commission.
You did not choose to mention that public members, including two from the media, will serve on the commission. Your readers have the right to accurate commentary. That is the essence of Right-to-Know.
Rep. MARJORIE SMITH
(The writer is chairwoman of the House Judiciary Committee.)