To The Daily Sun,
Responding to a recent article entitled, "Tea Party Takes Aim at Alton Workforce Housing Initiative", I am inspired to respond.
First of all, this title is WRONG. This meeting was a citizen forum of over 70 people strong, who came together to hear about Alton and workforce housing. This event was hosted by the Alton Business Association and was NOT a Tea Party event. To imply it was not an honest forum to discuss an important town issue is deliberately misinforming the public. Indeed, it was the Alton Town Planner, Ken McWilliams who requested this meeting! It had NOTHING to do with the Tea Party.
Now, the Tea Party has long been the "whipping boy" of the progressive left. The largest divisions of our government have demonized all liberty groups, as is the case with the current ONGOING IRS scandal. Using its governmental power with a complicit media, the ultimate goal is to marginalize CITIZENS VOICING THEIR CONCERNS against an ever-encroaching federal government into our local communities.
I agree with everything I have heard from the Tea Party movement. I am not a "member". But, perhaps I will become one in the future. In the meantime, I suggest we hold our local press accountable to the standard of not participating in the lefts' mission to marginalize and propagandize what is an honorable organization, borne of a grassroots movement against government overreach.
I invite all citizens who are interested, to join the Alton Business Association on Sept. 25, 6 p.m. at the Gilman Museum to discuss the issue of Workforce Housing in our communities. We welcome ALL discussion and hope to see you there.
Rep. Jane Cormier
Belknap District 8