Paul, Massachusetts

Dear America,

Massachusetts has a bottle deposit law, but it only covers carbonated beverages. The state legislature declined for 10 years to vote on our bill to include bottled water, so we gathered 150,000 signatures and put it on the ballot. At first, polls showed a significant majority in favor of the bill. Then came $8 million in misleading attack ads from the food and beverage industry, and we lost in November. Score: Powerful Special Interests – 1, We the People – 0.

Sincerely,

Paul, Massachusetts