Letter: U.S. needs lawmakers who won’t listen to lobbyists


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Posted Online: Jan. 18, 2013, 3:28 pm
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Another thought on gun control: It disturbs me how supposedly rational people are willing to allow assault files and large magazine guns to be sold to the general public.

The speech the president of the National Rifle Association gave recently was so full of holes it smacked of Swiss cheese. The NRA is the largest and most influential of all lobbyists in this country. It has held our national Congress hostage for so many years, I can't remember.

If I'm going to speak of honesty, I have to be fair. If, for instance, all lawmakers, both national and state, were totally and completely honest, not only with themselves, but the general public, there would be no need for lobbyists! They would vote their conscience and not accept the bribes from the lobbyists to vote their way.

So where do we go from here? To find representatives of that caliber would be virtually impossible in today's society.

Something to think about, isn't it?

Monty Pollner,
New Boston

















 



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