Importance of remote access
To the Editor: Working for an organization that advocates on behalf of people living with Alzheimer’s and dementia and their caregivers, I have seen firsthand the importance of remote access to the legislature. When remote access is no longer available, we are telling people who live here that they aren’t welcome to participate and that our government is not open to them.
Many times, families affected by Alzheimer’s and dementia are not able to find care and are unable to leave their loved ones at home to participate in the legislative process. Additionally, there are many Granite Staters who want to participate in the legislative process but are unable to be in a room with that many people for medical and or logistical reasons. This all goes without mentioning the many Granite Staters who don’t live within a reasonable driving distance to Concord, or the fact that our legislative session takes place during the months with the most inclement weather.
For these reasons, I urge the NH legislative leaders in the House and Senate to please reconsider your decision. Show your constituents that you believe democracy is key to our success as a society by reinstating remote access to the legislative process this upcoming session.