State. Rep. Ted James said recently that “it’s hard” to face 45 lobbyists, “a wall of opposition” to payday loan reform. The House Commerce Committee members did not seem to find it difficult to face down the wall of Together Louisiana and AARP volunteers who were at the Capitol daily to represent the taxpayers, who pay these representatives to do the hard work of representing their constituents, rather than the special-interest lobbyists.

Donna Vandever Yelverton

retired attorney

Baton Rouge