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This Election We Will Make Our Collective Voices Heard

There is only one clear path to victory for Willard “Mitt” Romney and that is to win New Hampshire. If he loses New Hampshire he will most likely lose the six other battle ground states of Ohio, Indiana, Missouri, Virginia, North Carolina, and Florida. These states that have always traditionally voted Republican have not done so recently. In fact, New Hampshire hasn’t gone for a Republican president since 2000. That means that the national media that generally has the New Hampshire election under a microscope now will be using an electron microscope.

Leading up to the New Hampshire Presidential election we become the center of the political universe for a week. With Romney as a “quasi” native the media frenzy should be magnified exponentially. There will be three reporters for every opinion. The bigger the opinion IE; the more people attached to the opinion such as a large gathering, will certainly garner attention.

This is where Labor steps up to the plate. As I reported in the last article Labor will probably be out spent ten to one. They can stifle our voice in the main stream media but not on the streets. That’s where we excel. With plenty of cameras along we can really put forth an important message that we normally don’t get credit for.

There is an opportunity here that we cannot squander. We have all seen the misery Republican State  Legislatures have put onto the backs of working families with ALEC inspired legislation ripping up years and years of negotiated contracts to acquire a living wage and health benefits. Most often benefits in lieu of wages. We have not received the media attention that Wisconsin has seen but we have had just as onerous a State Legislature’s attack on the workers of New Hampshire. The difference has been a John Lynch veto instead of a Scott Walker signature. By the way, Ovide Lamontange, leading Republican candidate for Governor recently boasted “I will be Scott Walker on steroids if elected”. Sounds more like a candidate on “Crack ” to me.

So, if you’ve been waiting for a golden opportunity to be heard the next six months is your opportunity to do so. Newspapers will be clamoring for letters to the editor. Who doesn’t have a computer and a home address. That and fifteen minutes of your time to vent is all that is required. There will be plenty of events to jump on board with.

In the flash of an eye it will all pass and a golden opportunity will have been squandered. Just keep a daily eye on NH Labor News.



About Wayne Alterisio

Wayne has been an activist for over 40 years. He started by protesting the Vietnam War in the early 70's. He also worked with the NH Peoples Alliance since the late 70's. Wayne is currently the President of the NH State Association of Letter Carriers. As a member of the National Association of Letter Carriers, Wayne has held many positions including: VP NH AFL-CIO Dist.6 Manchester, President Nashua Branch 230, CD-1 State Legislative Liaison, Sec/Treas. Nashua Central Labor Council, Chief Steward, and Secretary and Editor Branch Newsletter, Nashua Br.230. Wayne has worked with the NH AFL-CIO on the last five election cycles. Follow Wayne on Twitter @WayneAlterisio Statements by Wayne on the NHLN are not official statements from the NALC or NHALC unless stated as such.
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