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Honor Granny D.’s values with a walk in N.H.

Granny D. (Doris Haddock), of Dublin, N.H., said, “Democracy is not something we have, it’s something we do.”

She did many things. Perhaps most memorable was her 1999-2000 long walk for cleaner elections.

But the corrupting influence of big money on our national government has gotten worse. Since she left us, we’ve had misguided, corrosive decisions by the Supreme Court. And on one day last month, with yet another government shutdown looming, we sank even lower, with enactment of a trillion-dollar bill, much of which was written by lobbyists.

That day, our treasury was open, but democracy was closed.

We — folks of all political stripes (and like me, no stripes) — can do something. We can gather at Keene Central Square at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 17, and walk to Dublin.

Can’t walk that far? Neither can I. At 75, I’m not as strong as Granny was at 88.

But I’ll walk as far as I can.

The event is part of the New Hampshire Rebellion and is being organized through the organization Granny D. started. Please learn more, and consider joining us.

Richard Cornelius
Keene, N.H.

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Originally published in The Commons issue #288 (Wednesday, January 14, 2015). This story appeared on page C2.

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