The influence of Bill Koch's lobbyists on the Coast Guard bill

To the Editor:

    The influence of Bill Koch's lobbyists on the Coast Guard bill that could scuttle the Cape Wind project is just more evidence of the pervasive sense of entitlement and narcissism that the well-heeled demonstrate in our current political climate.

    Why does Mr. Koch, a Florida resident, feel that he should have a stronger voice on a decision that affects those of us that live and work here year round? Because he CAN and because our elected "representatives" and their Alaska counterparts let him. Our forefathers could never have envisioned the influence peddling that fuels our democracy today.

    Ernie Corrigan of the Alliance to "Protect" Nantucket Sound insults our intelligence with his claim that Koch's lobbying efforts had "nothing to do with his role as the Alliance's co-chairman". The Alliance likes to portray itself as a grassroots organization with environmental concerns. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that their roots are green but grass is not the source and the environment not their primary concern.

Noreen Thompsen
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