From: Cheryl Ferguson
Date: Fri, 2 Mar 2001 10:11:42 -0700
I wanted to bring to your attention a problem that we have with one of our
Scott Goold is sending emails to a large number of people -- in New Mexico
as well as across the world -- stating that MASCOT has taken the position that
we SUPPORT making possession of tobacco products illegal for persons under
18. As those of you who have been attending meetings know, we have NOT
taken that position -- or any position on the issue. The only discussion of
that issue was at our last meeting where we announced that Representative
Debbie Rodella had introduced a bill in the legislature, which would make
possession illegal. This bill was only mentioned but there was no
discussion nor was there a formal vote taken by the group either for or
against the bill. Essentially Scott is using the name of the coalition to
support his own opinion.
In addition to the emails, Scott has a website -- www.mascotcoalition.org
-- which discusses various tobacco
issues and purports to be the coalition's "official" website. Last year, the
Department of Health, which initially supported the development of this
site, withdrew its support. The MASCOT site was on several coalition
meeting agendas but this issue was never addressed. It appears that now we
must address this matter.
Also on this site, Scott states that "MASCOT members support youth
possession law" and provides a link for individuals to send an email letter
to Representative Rodella supporting her bill.
I bring this to your attention because I think that it is important for you
to know that an individual is using our name but without our knowledge or
support. I think this is something that needs to be quickly addressed at
the next meeting.
If you would like to discuss this with me further, please contact me at the
number listed below or via email. If you would like to contact
Representative Rodella about her bill, House Bill 704, she can be reached
at 505.986.4248 or via email at Debbie.Rodella@state.nm.us
Thanks for your support!