Letter: Granny D’s message lives on

Last modified: 1/15/2014 11:08:00 AM
Walkers with New Hampshire Rebellion are walking in emulation of Granny D from the top of our state to the bottom, Dixville Notch to Nashua, from Jan. 11 to 24.

Jan. 24 is Granny D’s birthday. Her birthday celebration will be held that day at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Nashua; the public welcome. The event will include speakers, refreshment, a Granny D movie, and Gov. Maggie Hassan’s proclamation that it’s Granny D Day.

Harvard Law professor Larry Lessig is spokesman for the group. Walkers can join for the day. (Check the schedule online at NH Rebellion.) The topic? As Lessig calls it, “dark money.” Meet him and other walkers on Jan. 21 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at 2 White St., in Concord. Hedrick Smith of the Campaign for Finance Reform will also be there. What Granny D significantly identified as the “need for clean money” Lessig calls “dark money.” In New Hampshire’s last gubernatorial election, Republican Ovide Lamontagne spent $2 million while Hassan spent nearly that much. An additional $19 million was spent by third parties, basically off the books, therefore “dark money.” What did it buy?

Money so massively spent is corrupts democracy. Who can seriously run for election with this status quo? The rich or those with rich friends. Soul-selling is bound to be one of the underlying ills. How does representative democracy work after this? It doesn’t. The little people are not the main focus anymore. We see it in our stuck, unproductive Congress that does manage, however, to see to corporate needs.

Welcome the walkers, join them for a stretch, think about their mission that’s putting miles on their shoes and boots for all of us. This is a Granny D gift that continues.



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