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A-1147   Defense and Military   2003.04.01   Dear Senator Daschle,

                                             I am a reserve dietitian in the 4223rd USAH located in Omaha, NE. I have
                                             been activated for Enduring Freedom and have been assigned to Darnell Army
                                             Community Hospital at FT. Hood, TX. I am glad that I can serve my country,
                                             but am concerned about the lack of funding to support the living condiditons
                                             that reservists are expected to endure while on activation. I am told that no
                                             space is available on South Ft. Hood to house us. We are currently living in
                                             the In processing station at North Fort Hood. This is open bay barrack with
                                             about 40 women of all rank levels. We do have a bed, a wall locker if we are
                                             lucky, 2 working shower stalls, and 3 toilet stalls. I am glad that I am not
                                             living in a tent. But my concern is the lack of privacy and space for the needed
                                             sleep for a duty day. As professional nurses, physicians, dietitians, and other
                                             healthcare providers we are taking care of patients and need more than basic
                                             shelter needs. I understand that the Hospital command is working the issue,
                                             but I feel they need help with funding from the Department of the Army or
                                             Department of Defense. I feel that the Department of the Army needs to
                                             take better care of their reserve soldiers which are now activated.

                                             Sincerely

                                             Karen K.
                                             LTC, SP


A-3633   H.J.RES.9              2003.04.01   Sen. Thomas Daschle
                                             United States Senate
                                             509 Hart Senate Office Building
                                             Washington, D.C. 20510-4103

                                             Dear Senator Daschle,

                                             I am curious as to why you voted no on H.J.RES.9.

                                             I would forward to hearing from you concerning your vote "no".
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                                    With highest regards.

                                    Sincerely,

                                    Deb L, SD


A-4207   Environment   2003.04.01   Sen. Thomas Daschle
                                    509 Hart Senate Office Building
                                    Washington, DC 20510-4103

                                    Dear Senator Daschle,

                                    I urge you to oppose any effort to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to
                                    oil and gas development. Please join more than 100 members of Congress as
                                    a cosponsor of legislation to protect the coastal plain of the refuge as
                                    wilderness (H.R. 770 and S. 543). If you have already decided to cosponsor,
                                    thank you for recognizing the value of protecting the refuge.

                                    The coastal plain is the biological heart of the Arctic Refuge and one of the
                                    most important regions on the planet for conserving biological diversity.
                                    Unfortunately, oil drilling would subject this world-class resource to a
                                    spiderweb of roads, pipelines, drill pads, housing, and other infrastructure that
                                    would destroy the wilderness character of the land and limit the free
                                    movement of wildlife.

                                    Contrary to the claims of drilling proponents, drilling in the refuge is not the
                                    answer to America's energy problems. It would not appreciably reduce U.S.
                                    dependence on foreign oil and could not insulate the United States from short-
                                    term volatility in the world oil market. The government estimates that only
                                    six months of economically recoverable oil exists in the coastal plain and it
                                    would not be available for 10 years.

                                    A much better approach to managing our natural resources and securing our
                                    energy future would be to require our growing fleet of sport utility vehicles to
                                    meet the fuel economy standards now in force for passenger cars. Such a
                                    step would save us more oil over the next decade than would drilling in the
                                    Arctic Refuge.

                                    This year marks the 100th anniversary of the National Wildlife Refuge
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                                             System. During this centennial year, please help protect this crown jewel of
                                             the refuge system.

                                             Sincerely,

                                             Robyn D., SD


A-5647   Defense and Military   2003.04.01   Senator Daschle,

                                             I support your comments about the failure of diplomacy. I do not think they
                                             were at all against our troops, on the contrary, they support the proper use of
                                             force. I want you to know that I have only talked with a handful of people
                                             here in Spearfish that support the war. I do know a lot of people and most of
                                             them are confused as to how we got from 9/11 to Saddam Hussein. None of
                                             us can connect the dots. Please be a voice of reason in our Senate. Please do
                                             not waffle, please be strong.

                                             People want a person of unwavering conviction. Please be a statesman and
                                             not a politician.

                                             Thank you,

                                             Natalya L.
                                             Accountant, Real Estate Agent, and Patriot.


A-5648   Defense and Military   2003.04.01   Please try to help in reducing the cost of mailing packages to our military
                                             personal in the middle east. I have paid as little as $8.00 and as much as
                                             $16.00 to send a package to my son. It would be much more beneficial to
                                             spend the money on needed items for our troops than have the post office
                                             making a large profit off our men and women fighting for freedom. Thank You

                                             Brenda G.


A-5676   Government Affairs     2003.04.01   I urge you to quickly pass President Bush's supplemental appropriations
                                             request for the War on Terrorism without loading it up with unrequested,
                                             unrelated, and unneeded funding. When considering this supplemental
                                             spending legislation, I urge you to place the needs of the nation first and
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                                             foremost.

                                             History has shown us over and over again that Congress is inclined to treat
                                             emergency funding requests as an opportunity to load on billions in pork.
                                             However, in a time of war, I expect you and your colleagues to act more
                                             prudently and rise above the normal behavior of earmarking dollars for
                                             congressional districts. Now is not the time to raid the military budget to dole
                                             out goodies for the voters back home.

                                             With the ink barely dry on the fiscal 2003 omnibus bill, which included record
                                             levels of wasteful spending, it's imperative you not play politics with the
                                             supplemental war request. Out of respect to our men and women in uniform
                                             fighting to protect our freedoms, I behoove you in the strongest terms
                                             possible to hold the line and not siphon off funds needed for military
                                             equipment and combat operations.


A-5677   Defense and Military   2003.04.01   Dear Sen Daschel

                                             On Feb 11,1998, you stated that "we have exhausted virtually all our
                                             diplomatic effort to get the Iraqis to comply with their own agreements and
                                             with international law" You further continued...."We have got to force them to
                                             comply militarily" I read this information from the RC Journal on 4-1-03 in the
                                             editorial column. True or False....I don't know. Could your office E-mail me the
                                             speach you gave that day so I may be better informed on your true views on
                                             this matter.

                                             Thanks in advance Brent S.


A-5678   Case Work              2003.04.01   Senator, I am doing an I-Search paper for an English project. On this reaport i
                                             am studing politicians; So i hope you can answer my following questions
                                             ASAP. :)

                                             Questions For Congressman

                                             1.      What are the day-to-day troubles that you incur from being a
                                             politician?

                                             2.     How does the day-to-day life of a politician differ from being at the
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                               capitol, from being at home?

                               3.      When did you know that you wanted to be a politician? And Why?

                               4.    What did you have to do in the early days of your life to prepare? If
                               none how did that affect you in later in your career?

                               5.      How do you like your job?

                               6.      What is the worst thing you change, if possible?

                               7.      How do you feel about politics in general?

                               8.      What do you think when people say, " politics is the choice of the lesser
                               evil?

                               9.      Do you have any aspirations for more than you are now (high public
                               office)?

                               10.     What are the steps you have taken in school to be a politician?

                               11.     Is school a major way to get into politics?

                               12.     What do you need to do to put yourself in the position to be thought of
                               for office?

                               13.  What is the average a legislator of South Dakota spends on a political
                               campaign? How does that compare to other states and why?

                               14.    Do you agree with the term limit for South Dakota politicians? Does
                               this hamper our effectiveness or hinder it?

                               15.     Is it true that politics "gets in your blood"?

                               16.   Which is a better career path; that of a political science major or of a
                               lawyer? And why?

                               17.     Can Politics be thanks less job?
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A-5679   Seniors          2003.04.01   Senator Daschle:

                                       For a Christmas present this last Christmas, my siblings and I purchased a trip
                                       to DC for our mom. She spent years working on our family farm and teaching
                                       in Webster and never had the time nor finances to travel. I have not been to
                                       the DC area myself and my wife and I will be accompanying my mom. As
                                       teachers ourselves, we've been doing much research on DC and we've heard
                                       that by contacting your senator, it may be possible to get tickets to the
                                       Holocaust Museum, White House, etc. We're not sure if this is true or not but
                                       any assistance you could give us on making this trip memorable for our mom
                                       would be truly appreciated. The dates of our trip our June 12 - 17, 2003.

                                       Thanks so much. -Jim B.-


A-5680   Health           2003.04.01   "I oppose the appointment of Dr. Hager to the FDA Reproductive Health Drugs
                                       Advisory Committee. Mixing religion and medicine is unacceptable. Using the
                                       FDA to promote a political agenda is inappropriate and seriously threatens all
                                       women's health."

                                       My husband and the father of my daughter is from South Dakota. He died 12
                                       years ago, but I'm sure he's rolling in his grave to think that things he
                                       marched for in the 60s could be overturned in one fanatical administration.

                                       Please protect the rights of women and their daughters everywhere.

                                       Thank you.


A-5681   Transportation   2003.04.01   Senator Daschle,

                                       I am outraged that a mayor of any city...let alone Chicago, IL, could be
                                       allowed to tear up a runway and shut down a public airport with no
                                       reprecussions. As a former (layed off) United Airlines pilot and commuter
                                       pilot who has flown into Meigs many times, I find it incomprehensible that
                                       Mayor Daley disrupted our nations air travel. I have instructed and flown
                                       charter in South Dakota and have worked my way up the ranks only to find
                                       myself out of a job due to September 11th and other factors. I am currently
                                       flying out of Sioux Falls and have looked forward to flying friends and family
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                                             to Meigs field for a weekend in Chicago. I urge you and your fellow Senators
                                             to try to force Mr. Daley to explain to you how he can close a Public airport
                                             with no advance warning or even a Notam!! I think Mayor Daley has put the
                                             flying public at great risk by his actions.

                                             Thank You,

                                             Dan S.


A-5682   Defense and Military   2003.04.01   Mr. Daschle:

                                             I was scrolling through the Senate bills for this year and have not seen one to
                                             replace S.2250 with did not make it through last year. This bill would've
                                             effectively reduced the retirement age for reserve military members from the
                                             current age 60 to age 55. The House currently has a version of this bill
                                             numbered H.R. 742, which replaced H.R. 3831 from 2002. I am currently a
                                             member of the Naval Reserve in Sioux Falls and this issue is very important to
                                             my family and myself. If you have time...could you review the detail of last
                                             years bill and consider introducing one for this year's session?

                                             Thank you

                                             Brian M.


B-941    Public Welfare         2003.04.01   Sir,

                                             I am taking a moment to drop a note to you, my Senator, in hopes that you
                                             will be able to initiate a fully funded effort to rein in the newly
                                             defined/discovered illness known as SARS (Sudden Acute Respiratory
                                             Syndrome).       The current news reports on SARS are chilling if one pauses
                                             and considers the potential for epidemic. CNN reports a relatively low fatality
                                             rate of 3.5% which is still very alarming as that leaves 3,500 dying of every
                                             100,000 who contact the illness. If the disease should strike Belle Fourche,
                                             just under 200 people would die. If the disease should get a toe hold and get
                                             away from us the panic and anxiety to the general public would most likely be
                                             enough to cripple our medical facilities, our economy, and of course our peace
                                             of mind. Currently there is no successful treatment for this illness and the
                                             cause is only now being indentified. It appears to be quite contagious, with a
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                                           possible impact on a scale to rival the flu outbreak of 1918/19. Additionally,
                                           this virus is not lifestyle related as is HIV. Rather it is attacking all people
                                           with otherwise healthy adults seeming to be at least as vulnerable as any
                                           other group. Nurses and Doctors are dying of the disease, ! and one would
                                           expect them to have some of the best developed immune systems in the
                                           general population. This disease, now called SARS, is new, but the
                                           implications are chilling. Our fixation on the current Iraq conflict is
                                           understandable, but I hope it will not keep us from dealing with something
                                           unexpected in another area. If additional funding is needed, let us get to it
                                           and deal with it. Perhaps the WHO needs assistance? I feel that this issue of
                                           public health and economic impact is uniquely suited as a potential Democratic
                                           cause, and perhaps you can spearhead the need to protect our health and
                                           local economies with the same fervor that our Republican leaders pursue
                                           military expenditures and misplaced tax reductions.         On a personal basis,
                                           hang in there Senator. You will continue to recieve my vote and support
                                           despite having at one time considered myself a Republican. I was pleased to
                                           see you braving the weather recently as you made time to pause in Belle at
                                           the local ag/trade show. And yes, our current national leadership's efforts at
                                           diplomacy leave a great deal to be desired. Thank you for being available,

                                           Jim D., SD


D-67   Defense and Military   2003.04.01   Dear Senator Daschle:

                                           I have just read that "the polls" indicate that your favorable rating has gone
                                           down after your statement regarding the Iraq war and which criticized
                                           President Bush's policy.

                                           I just want to say that there are many things more important than "the polls"
                                           with character being one of them.

                                           Many people with whom I have discussed the Iraq situation are in agreement
                                           with your statements, wish the President had never undertaken this war, and
                                           don't say anything publicly because they know there is no use to do so. They
                                           are pleased that someone of your stature did speak out because it was heard.

                                           Whether or not your statement has an effect on your re-election, you did the
                                           right thing. This war will not bring us safety. To the contrary.

                                           Thank you -- I hope you will continue to speak the truth. Compromise is
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                                        highly over-rated when it comes to honesty.

                                        Donna


A-1791   Foreign Affairs   2003.04.02   Dear Senator Tom Daschle;

                                        I deeply appreciate your assistance in helping Dr. Charles Li. I understand he
                                        has now been sentenced to 3 years and then will be deported. Can we still
                                        help him? I believe he is still in danger of not coming home alive. I believe
                                        because of his practice of Falun Gong that the Chinese government will use
                                        him as a pawn or tool to demonstrate how evil this practice is and that they
                                        send people from the US to corrupt and interfere with their cleansing process.
                                        I believe this is twisted thinking. I understand that no one but the Chinese
                                        consulate was allowed to visit Charles, not even family which is not customary
                                        even in China. My friends tell me that the isolation he has been held in is not
                                        lawful which makes me believe that he could be subject to torture of another
                                        type.

                                        Our country is a great country. We teach our citizens about freedom and that
                                        human rights should be a God given right. I understand that some people's
                                        hearts drive them like Gandhi passively resisting the Salt law or Martin Luther
                                        King marching for equal rights or Martin Luther separating for religious
                                        beliefs. There are brave men standing forward for great and noble causes
                                        throughout history. Even in your position as our representative you stand up
                                        and are counted for or against events, activities, and bills that have differing
                                        opinions. I believe Charles Li, and the thousands like him or me; practice
                                        Falun Gong to become better people with higher moral characters. He is not
                                        an enemy in my opinion. History creates circumstances and people stand
                                        forward or step back. I don't know what Charles actually really did or didn't
                                        do. But I know without a doubt that Falun Gong is good. Its teachings create
                                        better people. If the Chinese government under its last leader had not started
                                        this ethnic cleansing, practioners like Charles would be practicing in parks and
                                        silently developing their personal life to exemplify Truth, Compassion, and
                                        Tolerance, which are the basic principles, we live by.

                                        If you are interested in talking to a group of Falun Gong practioners in South
                                        Dakota when you come home, I would be happy to arrange a time and place
                                        for us to share our personal stories.
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                                     Thank you once again for listening.

                                     Sincerely,

                                     Marcia H.


A-4672   Budget         2003.04.02   NO MORE, NO MORE MONEY FOR THE AIRLINES.


A-5675   Medicaid       2003.04.02   Sen. Thomas Daschle
                                     United States Senate
                                     509 Hart Senate Office Building
                                     Washington, D.C. 20510-4103

                                     Sen. Daschle:

                                     Please contact House Speaker Dennis Hastert and House Budget Committee
                                     Cairman Jim Nussle and ask them to oppose the propose cuts to medicaid.
                                     Medicaid is very important for people with Mental Illness to provide for their
                                     needed treatment.

                                     Sincerely,

                                     Robert W., SD


A-5688   Water Issues   2003.04.02   Dear Senator Daschle,

                                     I would like to formally express my opposition to the proposed location of a
                                     new U.S. Highway 81 (reference Project No. NH-81-4(113), Yankton Bridge,
                                     C.N. 31315) bridge at Yankton, SD. The proposed location at the foot of
                                     Broadway Avenue is not a good location for this proposed bridge for the
                                     following reasons:

                                     1. The logic of running a major highway through the middle of a city seems to
                                     me to contradict everything I have read about the planning of modern
                                     highways. Most other projects of this nature seem to make use of a bypass
                                     for truck traffic around the center of the city.
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                                    2. Nebraska Highway Commissioner Kingsbury stated in response to a
                                    question at the Nebraska Department of Roads December 5 hearing on this
                                    project in Yankton, SD that the possible construction of a four-lane Highway
                                    81 north of Norfolk, NE was at least twenty (20) years in the future. It is also
                                    my understanding that at the Nebraska Department of Roads hearing in
                                    Lincoln on February 21, several of the commissioners in attendance said that
                                    Nebraska would not look kindly upon Yankton and the state of South Dakota
                                    coming back in 10 or 20 years requesting another bridge which could be used
                                    as a bypass. It would seem to me that it would only be prudent planning on
                                    the part of the states of Nebraska and South Dakota to wait until the four-lane
                                    Highway 81 project is much nearer to fruition to plan for the
                                    replacement/location of a new bridge at Yankton.

                                    3. Maintenance and upgrading of the current Meridian Bridge will extend the
                                    useful of life of the fine historic structure for another 50 to 75 years, thus
                                    allowing for careful planning of the location of a new bridge and truck bypass
                                    at Yankton, SD. This alternative is also much cheaper ($6.8 million) than the
                                    construction of a new bridge ($20 some million). Lyman Freemon, Head
                                    Engineer of the Nebraska Department of Roads Bridge Division, stated at the
                                    February meeting referenced above, that the current Meridian Bridge is
                                    structurally sound, so it would seem to me that rehabbing this bridge makes
                                    much more sense at this time than constructing a new bridge in a poor
                                    location. For the above reasons, I would respectfully request that you
                                    reconsider funding the current bridge project referenced above, which will
                                    allow for careful planning of a bypass at Yankton. SD.

                                    Thank you for this opportunity for me to express my comments about this
                                    project. Should you wish to contact me, my address is:

                                    Joseph W. S.
                                    [address, redacted], SD


A-5689   Health        2003.04.02   Hi Senator Daschle,

                                    I am writing in regards to the Human Cloning Prohibition Act (S. 245). I am
                                    asking you to vote for S. 245 to stop all human cloning. It is unethical and
                                    wasteful. It also violates human dignity by robbing the child of a real mother
                                    and father and subjecting him or her to other people's pre-conceived
                                    blueprints for the "perfect" or wanted child. It would also lead to more
                                    abhorrent abortions for the sake of using the fetus for selffish reasons. Please
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                                       vote to ban human cloning. Thank you for taking the time to consider my
                                       viewpoint.

                                       Patty D.


A-5690   Culture          2003.04.02   Are you aware that you are supposed to cover your heart with your right hand
                                       while reciting the Pledge of Allegience? I have a photo of you taken doing so,
                                       except covering your heart with your left hand, not your right. I know you are
                                       from the far left, but do you have to carry it to this extreme? You are
                                       embarrassment enough to the people of South Dakota without looking the fool
                                       that you do in this picture. I strongly urge you to not run for re-election next
                                       year. The people of South Dakota deserve better than the likes of you. Your
                                       conduct during this current war with Iraq is disgusting. You would do far
                                       better to shut your mouth and just slink away. Please do so.


A-5691   Tax              2003.04.02   I am serving as the interim State Director/Community Director for the South
                                       Dakota chapter of the March of Dimes. I am urging Senator Daschle to
                                       support bringing the CARE Act (S. 476) up for a vote in the full Senate. If
                                       enacted, this legislation would benefit the March of Dimes and other charities
                                       that rely on small donations by creating new tax incentives for donors and
                                       therby encouraging charitable contributions. (The average annual donation to
                                       the March of Dimes is $20)

                                       As a member of leadership, Senator Daschle is in a position to encourage
                                       other Senators to help make sure there is a vote on this legislation before the
                                       Senate breaks for Easter recess. The tax incentives included in the CARE Act
                                       are very important to charities in South Dakota and throughout the United
                                       States. Thank you!


A-5692   Indian Affairs   2003.04.02   I am a student at Black Hills State University. I am doing research on the
                                       Indian Trust Asset and Trust Fund Management And Reform Act of 2002,
                                       S.2212. I am looking for proponets and opponents, as well as any other
                                       information pertaining to this legislation. Your help is greatly appreciated.
                                       Mark L.
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A-5693   Judicial Issues   2003.04.02   To the Honorable Sen. Dashel,

                                        I have supported you for many years, along with the Democratic Party.
                                        Everyone in my family has gone over to the Rep. Party because of the
                                        increasingly non-christian stands the Demo. party seems to be making. At
                                        this time in our nations history, we need fair, decent and moral judges to sit
                                        on the bench! Pres. Bush has elected some of the very best our country has
                                        to offer. I understand that you are insisting Mr. Estrada answer questions
                                        that he is prohibited from answering. How can he be qualified to be fair on
                                        the bench when he is willing to tell you HOW he will decide issues now?
                                        Please end your fillibuster in the Senate. It is embarrassing to those of us
                                        who are Christian Democrats. We apllaude all the good works you are doing.
                                        Please do the right and honorable thing on this important issue also! Thank
                                        you,Mrs. Donna W.


A-5694   A Reciprocal      2003.04.02   Sen. Thomas Daschle
         Agreement                      United States Senate
                                        509 Hart Senate Office Building
                                        Washington, D.C. 20510-4103

                                        Dear Sen. Daschle:

                                        The overarching mission of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB)-to improve
                                        teaching methods and raise student achievement-is laudable and one that
                                        educators support. As middle level and high school principals, assistant
                                        principals, and school administrators, we accept accountability, but also
                                        understand that significant additional resources are necessary to improve
                                        secondary schools and meet the goals of NCLB. This we will do:·

                                        Lead schools in providing a high quality education to all students so that
                                        achievement gaps between higher and lower performing students are reduced.
                                        · Utilize meaningful data to improve teaching practices and identify student
                                        academic needs. ·

                                        Lead the school and community in understanding and collaboratively
                                        implementing NCLB. ·

                                        Foster the engagement of families and communities in the educational
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                               development of their children. ·

                               Provide a safe and effective learning environment that is personalized and
                               addresses the needs of every student. ·

                               Ensure that every student will receive comprehensive literacy instruction
                               across the school curriculum, building on the foundation of the early grades. ·

                               Ensure that every student receives effective mathematics and science
                               instruction. ·

                               Prepare every student for a successful postsecondary education, lifelong
                               learning, and enhanced career opportunities.

                               This we will need:·

                               Significant new federal funding, resources, and specific legislation dedicated to
                               the needs of secondary school students. ·

                               Flexibility and support from policymakers that allow principals and staff to
                               meet state standards and attain student achievement goals. ·

                               Funding to provide every principal and teacher intensive, high quality, and
                               ongoing professional development to meet the requirements of NCLB. ·
                               Programs and incentives to attract and retain high quality principals and
                               teachers. ·

                               High quality, diagnostic student assessments, which provide timely and usable
                               data to improve instruction and address individual student needs. ·

                               Involvement from families and the entire school community that reinforces the
                               educational goals of the school, school district, and state. ·

                               An adolescent literacy initiative that provides every middle level and high
                               school with a literacy coach and appropriate professional development for all
                               staff to improve the reading and writing skills of every student. ·

                               Full funding for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)to meet
                               the needs of all students with special needs. · Support services necessary to
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                               meet the needs of all at-risk students. Did You Know?...·

                               The federal government allocates only 2-3 pennies out of every tax dollar to
                               education. ·

                               Less than 15% of federal (ESEA) Title I fundsare directed to middle level and
                               high schools.

                               Federal programs to help disadvantaged students prepare effectively for
                               college currently serve only 10% to 20% of eligible students. · Public high
                               school enrollment is projected to increase by nearly 9 percent between 1999
                               and 2009, while public elementary school enrollment is projected to decrease
                               slightly over the same time period. · Recent international analyses have
                               indicated that the performance of U.S. elementary school students looks
                               relatively strong, the performance of U.S. middle school students appears to
                               be about average, and the performance of U.S. high school students ranks
                               near the bottom. ·

                               There is currently a severe shortage of qualified principals, especially for high-
                               needs schools. In a 2000 survey, approximately half of school districts
                               surveyed reported there was a shortage of qualified candidates for the
                               principal positions they were attempting to fill. ·

                               In the coming decade, it is estimated that the country will need to fill
                               approximately two million teaching vacancies. ·

                               Overall, 12 to 20percent of teachers leave the profession in their first year,
                               and the rates are even higher in urban and high-poverty schools. ·

                               Out-of-field educators teach approximately one-third of the core academic
                               courses in high-poverty high schools. · The federal Reading First program is
                               authorized to distribute $5 billion over five years to states to establish high-
                               quality, scientifically based, comprehensive reading instruction for students in
                               kindergarten through third grade, but will do nothing to meet the need for
                               literacy instruction required by the six million secondary school students who
                               are reading below basic grade levels. ·

                               Researchers have concluded that small school size leads to improved student
                               grades and test scores, yet for the last two years the President provided no
                               funding in his budget for this existing program that helps personalize the
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                                            learning environment. ·

                                            In 1975, Congress committed to provide 40% of the average per pupil
                                            expenditure of special education students, but in order for the federal
                                            government to fulfill this promise, funding must be increased by over 100%. ·
                                            The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) estimates that it will
                                            cost states a total of $1 billion each year to comply with the testing
                                            requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act, but the federal government is
                                            providing only roughly $400 million each year for this purpose. ·

                                            The National Governor's Association reports that in Fiscal Year2002, states cut
                                            state budgets by $12.8 billion. Cuts to 2003 budgets are expected to be
                                            worse. · Nationally, states could face an estimated $40 billion total shortfall in
                                            current revenue and a projected $60 billion total shortfall for the next budget
                                            year.

                                            Sincerely,

                                            Brad B., SD


A-5695   Leadership            2003.04.02   Sen. Thomas Daschle
                                            United States Senate
                                            509 Hart Senate Office Building
                                            Washington, D.C. 20510-4103

                                            Sen. Daschle:

                                            Why have you FAILED miserably to show leadership in the U.S. Senate?

                                            Thank God we have President Bush's leadership.

                                            Sincerely,

                                            Mark H., SD


A-5696   The Court System in   2003.04.02   Sen. Thomas Daschle
         Sturgis South                      United States Senate
         Dakota                             509 Hart Senate Office Building
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                               Washington, D.C. 20510-4103

                               Sen. Daschle:

                               My name is Patti G.

                               I went to the courts asking for help for my son in 1999 after the death of his
                               father. Instead of a chins petition they gave him a delinquency and have
                               repeatedly in court told me that I am the problem with my son. Instead of
                               getting to the root of the problem. My son isn't a criminal. He is a little boy
                               that is extremely depressed over the loss of his father. Yesterday we were in
                               front of Judge Eckrich and they placed my son with the dept. of corrections on
                               the condition that he was placed where the judge approved. If not we are
                               back in court again. In the meantime my son has been sitting in the juvinile
                               hall awaiting to see what will happen in court for the last month. This cost me
                               approximately 100.00 a day. And when you have a job that you can only
                               work 8 hours in a week at and are trying to find another one and are only
                               getting death benefits for your deceased husband this places the whole family
                               in a major line of depression and unrest. Today I got a phone call from the
                               officer in charge of him and I am very angry because now not only do I have
                               this huge bill with the county but I also will lose the social security check that
                               I recieve to provide for my children and have to pay child support. I can't
                               even make the bills I have. And I can't get food stamps or medical for myself.

                               Yet I have to have surgery done on my hands so that I may get a better job
                               for myself to support my family. I can't do this when the money that I have is
                               what I have to pay my bills and feed my children. What really irks me is that
                               there are kids out there doing drugs, destroying property and because my
                               child does have a disease which affects the fact that he can't get motivated to
                               go to school but is not out there doing these things they have placed my
                               whole financial being out. I can't see giving a kid that is caught in school with
                               drugs and drug paraphenilia one night in jsc or no time in there but to take a
                               child away from a loving parent who knows where there kids are every night
                               because they are at home with them away. It is not something that I feel is
                               right to take a child away from a good home and make them feel as if they
                               are criminals. I will now lose everything that I own and have worked hard to
                               achieve because I went to the courts asking for help. Now I ask is it right for
                               them to take away from the mother and the remaining siblings their home and
                               food and transportation? I feel as if I have been forced into the streets to
                               live. Along with messing up my parents good credit as they are on the loan
                               with me. I won't be able to pay my utilities which in turn gives this state
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                                           reason to take away my remaining children. In due course I am on the verge
                                           of a break down over this and because I can't receive medical help from this
                                           state I will just have to call on my inner strength which is something I have
                                           had to do for my whole life. Although at the moment I don't see where this is
                                           possible. I just want to know where my rights are and why it is that my child
                                           is being penalized in a court system where he should be in a place that would
                                           help him get the things he needs to be healthy. It's not easy for a parent or a
                                           child to have their son or daughter or even spouse commit suicide. Let alone
                                           all the outside forces that want to take that child and others away from them.
                                           Please take this letter and do what ever needs to be done and let me know
                                           what my course of action should be I am at a loss as to what I should do and
                                           where I should begin to have a normal life. My great grandfather was one of
                                           the first founding fathers of this state but at this very moment I am becoming
                                           to the point that I no longer even want to be proud of that. His name was
                                           Arthur J. C. He is in the history books.

                                           If you are wondering who it was. I am his daughter Mary's grand daughter.
                                           Thank you for taking the time to read this and I hope that you will be quick in
                                           giving me a response back. I could not find your phone number or I would
                                           have just called your representative. I would appreciate though if you would
                                           look into the matter of the court system and the department of corrections for
                                           juviniles here in the state ecspecially in Meade County.

                                           My phone number at the moment is [redacted] Thank You

                                           Sincerely,

                                           Patti (N.) G., SD


A-5698   Photograph request   2003.04.02   Dear Senator Daschle,

                                           It would be an honor and very big thrill for me if you would please send me
                                           your autographed photo. I'm hoping you'll please be so kind.

                                           Thank you very much!


A-5919   Education            2003.04.02   Howdy Sen. Daschle,
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                               Please, I need help preventing the School System from marking my daughter
                               as a criminal, CHINS. I do know the reasons behind CHINS, and see where it
                               can work. But the reason they are doing this to my daughter is to get back at
                               me. They trried with my other kids and couldn't. They finally got her. Please,
                               I'm not saying my daughter is an angel, she can be manipulative, but, she is a
                               good kid, will get her GED, and doesn't need more harassment from the
                               school because they don't like me. All I'm asking is that you read the
                               following accounts of what she and my other kids have gone through. Then,
                               please, if you can, I'd really appreciate the help. We are a family of 6 on just
                               my husbands income. I had to skip a mortgage payment to get my daughter a
                               lawyer. The judge said my husband made too much money <28,000 a year>.

                               Thank you,

                               Rev Robbyn Ryssa K.

                               The one we are fighting for now.

                               Chrystena will be 16 on June 11th of this year.

                               We are in a battle over CHINS with her. She has a LONG history of problems
                               with the school. She has a Superior IQ and a heart of gold, but can be
                               manipulative

                               Chrystena has dyslexia, no comprehension, and anxiety problems. She gets
                               blinding headaches when at school along with panic attacks. The dyslexia
                               started really showing up in first grade, when writing was more common.
                               When asked to have her tested in Valley View we were told, "It isn't necessary
                               as most kids are like her in the first grade. Don't worry, she'll grow out of it."

                               We asked that she be tested each year she was in school and we were told NO
                               flatout each time. My husband is dyslexic, one brother is, 2 uncles are, my
                               god father is, my husbands niece is. We've been around it enough to know,
                               but it didn't matter, she was never tested. We taught her the tricks the rest of
                               the family learned to try to work with it.

                               There were several times while at Valley View that Chrystena had problems.
                               Anytime the teacher or principal would try to forcibly try to make her do
                               something she would fight back. I'm sorry but if my child feels threatened
                               they are taught to fight back. She was repeatedly told she was stupid because
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                               she was having problems comprehending what she was reading. When
                               confronted, the principal said that Chrystena was just being dramatic.

                               When she wouldn't read aloud, for fear of being harassed, in front of the class
                               she would get detention. Even after we explained and again asked to have her
                               helped, she stillwas punished for not reading aloud. She ended up being
                               teased about it, allot.

                               Dakota Middle was a shock to Chrystena's senses. She couldn't juggle the
                               separate classes, all those people around were making her ill. She was
                               constantly harassed by students because of her lack of reading ability. The
                               teachers scared her to death. She would actually throw herself down the stairs
                               to be able to come home. Put her finger down her throat to avoid going to
                               school. One time, she took 3 garter snakes to school and let them loose in the
                               lab so she could be suspended. She couldn't keep up with the work either. The
                               teachers thought she was not doing the work out of laziness. Would accuse
                               her of not understanding on purpose.

                               Again, we asked that she be tested for Dyslexia and were told no. We also,
                               asked that they help her with her reading, it was only a 4th grade level. the
                               answer, "She is ahead in reading actually. Most kids only have a 2nd grade
                               reading level." My husband and I were floored.

                               Chrystena was home schooled off and on through out the middle school time.
                               She wants to be a people person, so we'd get her caught up, put her back in.
                               She'd be ok forthe first month of so, then would start panicking again and
                               we'd pull her out and get her caught up again. We have been pushing reading
                               most of all. Her comprehension improves with each new and harder book she
                               reads. What used to take her 4 times of reading to understand now can take
                               one, but 2 times is still preferred.

                               For High School we had Chrystena set up with an at home mail in High School.
                               She was doing pretty good but then we had a house fire. We had to drop the
                               course. In hind sight, we should never have stopped the home course. But
                               with so much going on, rebuilding, surgery for her sister, her own surgery,
                               grandfathers heart attack, we foolishly et her go back to school, middle of the
                               year, last year at Jefferson Academy.

                               Her headaches, stomach aches, and throwing up started almost immediately
                               after going back to school. She was really wanted to be able to make it, so we
                               keep her in and put in more time helping her. Chrystena decided that she
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                               wanted to home school until she was 16 then do the GED program at CLC in
                               Rapid City. It makes sense. She can work at her own pace, have help nearby,
                               and not have huge classes to make her ill.

                               We made the mistake of telling Jefferson's principal we were planning to home
                               school for the 2002-03 year. Between Julie, the counselor, and the principal
                               they promised that if Chrystena was in school at the beginning of the year,
                               they could get her tested and then helped for her learning disabilities. My
                               husband and I along with Chrystena were a little bit skeptical, but we agreed
                               that if it would get her help, then we should do it.

                               Chrystena was enrolled in Jefferson Academy for the 2002-03 year. From the
                               very beginning, Chrystena was having problems. She was spending most of
                               her time with the counselor, Julie. It was her way to avoid English which is the
                               hardest because of her comprehension problems. She was still a bit behind,
                               but was not getting as overwhelmed as usual.

                               I kept in contact with Julie about getting Chrystena tested. Chrystena at one
                               point told Julie about her sisters autism. Julie misunderstood and called me
                               very excited because if Chrystena was autistic, the school would have to help
                               her. Unfortunately, I had to tell her that she wasn't. Julie told me she would
                               still try to get Chrystena tested. That was November. She was never tested
                               and never received any help from the school system.

                               During this time, I had gone back to work full time and we were trying to get
                               Chrystena's teeth fixed. She was born without 10 adult teeth and a huge over
                               bite. She missed approx. 7 full days of school and 8 additional class periods
                               <29 total> because of the dentist. In Jan of 2003 we were informed that
                               Chrystena had missed the 20 day thing rule. We went in to talk to her
                               principal and show that she was at the dentist. We thought everything was
                               taken care of. We also let the principal know we intended to home School
                               Chrystena at the end of the month anyway but would try harder to be sure
                               she was there. We also let her know that Chrystena would finish her schooling
                               at CLC.

                               We told Chrystena to finish what she could of her work because we were
                               taking her out at the end of the month. There was one problem, she had a
                               teacher who was really teaching her, Mr. Truslow. He would take extra time to
                               explain and demonstrate what needed to be done. When she had problems he
                               would also let her come to him during other classes for help. He asked if there
                               was anyway she could stay, he would really miss her and she was really upset
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                               at leaving him. She was still having panic and headaches but she was looking
                               forward to his class. It was exciting ! We told her she could stay but when the
                               trimester was over, we would have to decide how to finish the school year.

                               I was then laid off and the trimester ended. We decided she was going to
                               home school, then do CLC as she was seriously having a hard time with her
                               new teacher. I think she scared her to be honest.

                               I went down and signed her out to home school. After getting home, I was
                               called and told that Chrystena was being charged with CHINS. We got to trial
                               on 4-25-03. I was floored.

                               Chrystena made so many huge improvements this year. It really feels like a
                               slap in the face to her.

                               She finally passed the reading test ! She can now read at over a 7th grade
                               level. She only got 2 F's and that was because it was English, reading.

                               We have a High School computer program. It contains Algebra, Geom, Trig,
                               Chem, Biology, Writing, World History, US History, Physics, Spanish. Our goal
                               is to have her prepared for CLC next year so getting her GED won't be too
                               terribly long a process.

                               Let me tell you her weekly schedule:

                               Sunday - Church from 12:30 to 4:30, baby-sits from 5:15pm to 9.
                               Monday - Works part time and helps coach peewee softball, does 3 hours
                               school.
                               Tuesday - Works part time and does 3 hours worth of school.
                               Wednesday - Does 6 hours school and Young Women's <church> from
                               5:30pm - 8:00
                               Thursday - Works part time, helps coach peewee softball, 3 hours of school.
                               Friday - Works part time, does 6 hours school.
                               Saturday - Works part time. Her day to be a teen.

                               She does more schooling now. The most she ever had was 3 classes a day.
                               The last trimester only had 2. Did she miss allot of school, yes.

                               Is she a habitual truant, no. We personally feel that they are trying to CHINS
                               Chrystena because we are homeschooling her. Also, it's personal. The
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                               principal and I have had words a few times and she knows I think they are
                               hurting the kids more the teaching them. The summons has only myself as
                               the parent. I asked the principal and the DA about that. I was told it was that
                               way because I am the only one an Chrystena's records. I checked, my
                               husband is the one on the records.

                               I am not the only one who thinks this is happening because they couldn't win
                               with the other kids so they finally found a way with Chrystena.

                               When talking to other parents, I hear the same types of stories. those of us
                               not worshipping the School System are being harassed and our children are
                               getting the brunt of it. My Oldest Daughter Elizabeth began school in South
                               Dakota at Valley View Elementary. She was in the 3rd grade. Eliz has been
                               independent since birth. She knows what she wants and intends to get it. To
                               be fair, Eliz is not a team player. Things are either black or white, no gray.
                               She is very intelligent, her IQ has been tested to Genius level, but she bores
                               very easily. She draws wonderfully and sings even better.

                               We tried to get Eliz into gifted classes but were told it wasn't possible. She
                               wasn't gifted enough. We let that go. As Eliz got more bored she would refuse
                               to do her work. We agree this is unacceptable so told her that if she isn't
                               going to do it, put her head on the desk and be quiet until she is ready to go
                               back to work. Then, the work was to come home, she would still do it,
                               whether or not it was counted. We told the school all about this and were told
                               that was fine. Unfortunately, when she would try to do that, she was told it
                               was not allowed. She had to leave the class instead and do it in the office.
                               They would physically take her from the school room. Eliz would take that as
                               an assault and would get angry and combative.

                               My husband and/or would be at the school talking to the principal or teachers
                               weekly. It had been brought up that maybe she was A.D.D. It had been a
                               thought during her first psychological exam. We decided to give the
                               medication a try. If it helped her we'd continue if not we'd stop. We informed
                               the school of her medication, wrong move. From that time onward we were
                               asked repeatedly to sign a release so the school could monitor her medication
                               and have it altered as necessary. We don't believe that is the responsibility of
                               the school and refused. It made a difference and it didn't. She still got bored
                               and didn't do all the work but at least when they manhandled her she wouldn't
                               get as combative. She hated the medication.

                               The principal then decided that since we wouldn't sign the waiver that they'd
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                               do aT.A.T meeting. Of course my husband and I went. She brought in the
                               School District Psychologist and several other teachers & school counselors.
                               My husband and I were then informed that they had decided my daughter was
                               not A.D.D. she was manic depressive and needed to be on Psycho-tropic drugs
                               and therapy. When asked which of the people who made the decision had
                               actually talked to my daughter only the principal and the teacher had.
                               According to the School District Psychologist, talking to my daughter wasn't
                               necessary for making the diagnosis. What she had been told by the teacher
                               was enough.

                               We were then informed that my daughter had indicated that she was abused.
                               We asked how and were told, " she was in the office, angry, and had been
                               asked what her dad did when she was angry. She said spanked my bottom."
                               They had just seen that bad touch movie so she added, "just my bottom. No
                               where else" The counselor then asked if her dad ever did touch her wrong.
                               She lifted her head from her chest and said "No" "that was a half yes" we
                               were told. Of course Social Services were called. We told the Social worker
                               what had been going on at the school. We were proven innocent and the
                               school received a letter from Social Services telling them to back off Elizabeth.

                               We also took Eliz to a Ph.D. here in Rapid City and had another evaluation
                               done. He too agreed that the school was being unreasonable. Even put that
                               into the evaluation.

                               We pulled Eliz from the school during her fourth grade year. Home school was
                               pretty awesome. We did things a little differently, but it went well.

                               We put her into Dakota Middle School. She did real well. Having the different
                               teachers and subjects made a huge difference. She then moved on to Central.

                               She had an hour open between classes. We thought she was doing fine. No
                               one called us to say there was a problem. We would go by every couple weeks
                               and ask her teachers. Again no one said there was a problem. Midway through
                               the year we got a call from the principal. Eliz was caught drunk. Not only that,
                               but, she had been regularly missing classes, the ones after that open hour.
                               When asked why we had not been informed, the reply was, the computer
                               system is supposed to call you. You must not be in the system.

                               We moved her to Jefferson Academy the next day. Maybe we should have left
                               in Central, but even she will tell you that she never intended to finish at the
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                               school. She was too bored. She was going to do the GED and get into college.

                               She did pretty well in Jefferson. She missed allot of school, but her grades
                               were pretty good. We got the call about CHINS for her a month before she
                               was to turn 16. She was working full time, planned to do the GED in 30 days
                               when she was 16. We felt it was wrong to do that to her. The person at the
                               school informed me that it was free for the school to do CHINS and we had no
                               choice. Someone in the District Attorney Office realized that it wasn't right for
                               Eliz so they dropped it.

                               Elizabeth's school experience can be summed up by one incident. She was in
                               the 3rd grade and received 5 days in school detention. When asked why, we
                               were told, "She didn't stand in line right." You see, when the bell rings you are
                               to stand in line looking straight ahead. She had turned and looked behind her.
                               Hence the detention. I asked at the time if she was in School or Boot Camp. I
                               was told that there was no difference. Eliz is 18. Has her GED. Intends to go
                               to college next year for her B.A. in Biology before going to the University of
                               Monterey in Calif to finish in Marine Biology.

                               My Nephew Samuel C. is my nephew and began school in South Dakota in the
                               second grade at Black Hawk Elementary. My nephew has lived with myself
                               and my mother off and on since he moved here. My mother and I share
                               custody.

                               Sam has learning problems. Dyslexia and comprehension, he needs to hear it
                               in order to understand it. He also has some emotional difficulties. His first
                               several years were a bit difficult before he come to live with my mother and I.
                               He is the poster child for Goth. Has the longish black hair, some black make
                               up, anti social in sentiments and beliefs, and uses stories and poetry to vent
                               his frustrations and deal with his problems. Even with all of that, Black Hawk
                               did a wonderful job helping and working with Sam. Then he moved to Dakota
                               Middle School.

                               From day one we requested help for Sam. The principal told us he would
                               request it. We talked to the counselor, he too said he would get Sam officially
                               tested so he could be helped. Never happened. He started the 6th grade with
                               workable grades and went down from there. The funny thing about Sam, he
                               never missed school, he got awful grades, but was always there.

                               Seventh grade started bad and went to worse. He and his math teacher were
                               having a huge personality conflict. When we asked if he could get a different
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                               teacher, we were told no. You see, they have core groups and in order to
                               change one we had to change them all. He did good with the other teachers,
                               changing them all would have been a bad thing for him. Every time Sam
                               opened his mouth, his teacher was giving him detention. He threw a paper
                               towel in the toilet as did several other boys. No stop up, just a blown nose, 3
                               days out of school suspension. The other 2 boys received after school
                               detention.

                               Sam asked his Math teacher for help with a math problem. In front of the
                               class the teacher told him, "Why should I show you. You are only going to fail
                               anyway." Another time, Sam turned in his homework and the Math teacher, in
                               front of the class again, crumpled it up and through it on Sam's desk saying,
                               "This is trash and not even worth my time." He missed a day of school. I
                               asked the Math teacher for his homework, his reply was again, "Why he's only
                               going to fail." I walked out.

                               We did several T.A.T and core meetings. We asked the principal several times
                               with filed complaints to move Sam. It was always all or nothing. We asked
                               again to have Sam tested and helped with his learning disabilities. We were
                               told, "It was too late in the year Jan by this time>. Try next year and start
                               earlier." We tried talking to the Asst principal, again we got no help, only
                               excuses. "If he would dress better, his grades would be better." "We can't
                               penalize the teacher, he has tenure." " He needs to be tested next year. The
                               system doesn't have the money this year." " Get him in Title 1. Then we can
                               help him. They'll pay."

                               By eighth grade, there was nothing Sam could do right. He had joined football
                               and was hoping to make it a better year. He was writing more and felt more
                               at ease with himself. He got a note saying he owed on a book from the year
                               before. My mother gave a check to the school to cover it. Sam went to school.
                               He was to have done reading in class. Thinking the book was paid for, he
                               didn't bring one with him. He tried to get one from the library and was told he
                               couldn't. Not having a book, he was put in detention and kicked OFF the
                               football team. He was angry and confrontational. He had the right ! I went
                               down and calmed him down. Mom talked to the asst principal who told her no
                               check was received and it was Sams responsibility to have known before
                               hand. Mom called me.

                               I admit, I am known at the school and went down to confront the asst
                               principal the next day. Funny thing, the check was in the office, had been for
                               several weeks, they just hadn't known where to put the funds. When told he
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                               owed my nephew an apology, he balked but in the end did do it. He was never
                               re-instated to the football team. Again, I asked the principal, asst principal,
                               and counselor to have Sam tested and get him help. I was told, "It would
                               really be better if you did it. What about Title 1?"

                               Sam was really writing now. I had always encouraged all the kids to write. It
                               is a great way to vent and learn. Sam tends to write very dark stuff. I do
                               understand how in the begin it was a problem, but after his being evaluated
                               and the counselors telling the school it was not a threat, just Sam's way of
                               expression, it should have been ok. Unfortunately, Sam was already a target.

                               He was standing outside, a block and a half away from school, before it
                               started, and the asst principal drove past as he was holding a cigarette. He
                               wasn't even smoking it. Sorry, I know the law is, if you can see the school it's
                               school property, but that is ridiculous. He of course was suspended. He is
                               standing outside the school, after school, with some friends. One boy has a
                               lighter. The custodian sees the boy with the lighter and starts yelling at the
                               boys. Sam tries to walk off, the custodian says no, blocks his path and goes to
                               grab Sam. Sam of course yells back and moves from the man. The Asst.
                               Principal comes out, talks to the custodian and takes the boys inside. Sam is
                               suspended and has detention while the others boys are not. When asked why,
                               "He was disrespectful and confrontational with the custodian. He also had a
                               lighter. No one saw him with it, and none was found on him, but he had one. I
                               know he did."

                               It really seemed that every time the boy breathed he was in trouble. I called
                               Social Services to get help with the school. They assigned a social worker and
                               she would drop inat the school to check on Sam, sit in on his classes, be with
                               us during the meetings. Even she thought there were problems with how the
                               school treated Sam. He was again evaluated at Regional West. I told him,
                               honestly, it would be a break from the hassle of the school. Go and rest.

                               When he got back we AGAIN asked about help for his learning disabilities. This
                               time I called the Superintendent and was talking to a lawyer. We got the
                               meeting. The school counselor had gotten copies of Sam's counseling sessions
                               and found 1 thing that would disqualify him. I was furious. See, the counselor
                               had talked to Sam's father, who does not have custody, to get the release
                               form signed. Sam's father had no idea what was going on with the school or
                               Sam. Now, the school didn't have to help Sam.

                               Sam then went to the 9th grade academy. We had his counselors tell the
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                               school that his writing was not indicative of his intentions, just his way to vent
                               and express himself. It didn't help. He'd write something and the principal
                               would think it was bad and call the police. He'd have to be evaluated again.
                               Still he'd get no help for his learning disabilities.

                               Sam was on probation, his father asked him to be put on it. After school one
                               afternoon someone saw someone give him something he thought was a
                               cigarette not on school property. He got to school the next morning and the
                               principal told him he could either admit to having a cigarette the day before or
                               get expelled from school completely.

                               That would of course violate his probation. Sam said it was a cigarette
                               thinking it would keep him out of more trouble. He still insists it wasn't a
                               cigarette. Anyway, we was then arrested for the cigarette and his probation
                               violated.

                               We went in, it was not right how and why they did it. When confronted, the
                               principal said it wasn't because of the cigarette he was arrested but because
                               of his writings. We had him call the probation officer to let her know Sam had
                               not violated his probation. Sam still had to be in Regional West, they took
                               away all his writings and was still in trouble with his probation officer. Had he
                               been an adult, it never would have happened. The other kids involved in the
                               hear say were only given at school detention.

                               Sam has never gotten back his writings though we have requested them on
                               several occasions. I believe they are still in his juvenile file with the courts. We
                               again had his counselor write the school and probation officer to tell them
                               AGAIN that the stories were not indicative of his state of mind, only a release.
                               He is now in Jefferson Academy. It's been back and forth, He never did get
                               any help from the school. He is constantly being sent home because he
                               doesn't have his ID. You can only get a pass once a year, but he will graduate
                               next year. Hopefully. One other note about my nephew. He misses very little
                               school but can't read or write past a 7th grade level.

                               Youngest daughter. Victorea is going to be 10 in June. She started school at
                               Valley View Elem. I am so glad we got her out of there. I really think that
                               because she is a K. is why she had such a hard time at Valley View. She was
                               already on the hit list. Victorea is like Elizabeth was in may ways. Not a team
                               player, very black and white with NO gray, and people confuse her. They
                               never play by the rules.
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                               She is very smart. I've never had her IQ tested but have watched her
                               manipulate and control grown ups at the school. She loved kindergarten. Her
                               teacher was wonderful and worked well with her. She needed to feel she was
                               helping and somewhat in charge. He knew that and gave her ways to do it
                               along with her work.

                               Victorea also had strep, allot. We had 3 kids in 3 different schools, so they
                               were always passing around some bug. She also has eczema pretty bad
                               during the winter and hay fever in the spring. She did miss just over 20 days
                               of school. I personally think the 20day rule is stupid and would not allow her
                               to be held back.

                               With Victorea, you can't just ask her once. It has to be twice. The first time
                               she tells you no, she wants to see your reaction. The second she answers you
                               because she knows you mean it. No matter how often we told the school, from
                               first grade on, they would never do it. You see, "she needs to be compliant."

                               She liked her first grade teacher but she wasn't handling the other children
                               well. We don't have allot of money, and she liking to be different. She doesn't
                               do confrontation and there was allot of that with the kids. I remember one
                               time she was hit in the mouth by another student. He was 2 grades above
                               her. She told the teacher and she got in trouble for tattling , ended up with
                               detention for yelling at the kid, and the kid hit her again after school for
                               tattling on him.

                               During Victoreas 4 years at Valley view, I don't think any year was with out 20
                               missed days. You see, she knew how to work the people. She would be sent
                               home from school with a 99 degree temp. Then we'd get a call from the school
                               because she was out sick. She's have a headache so the office would send her
                               home. Again, they'd call wanting to know why she was sick again. Once she
                               was home she was fine. We knew there was nothing wrong.

                               We told the school that she was playing them. That they kept sending her
                               home because she didn't want to be there. It got to the point that she was
                               physically makingherself sick to NOT go to school.

                               As with our other kids, we asked to have her work sent home. It never was.
                               We'd ask for it and were told it was done already or needed to be made up at
                               the school in the office. Then when report cards came, she would be behind
                               and the school would call asking why we weren't working with her more.
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                                     She cut her hair, off. She was sporting a buzz cut. Honestly, she looked
                                     awesome, but the school freaked. We've had social services over here so
                                     many times because of the school. Her hair cut being one of them. The last
                                     straw with the school and Victorea was some eczema she had. Before
                                     Christmas she started getting her eczema back. The school knew she had it,
                                     we'd told them, but this time they decided that she needed to see a doctor
                                     about it. We've been so many times, we know how to deal with it. Anyway, I
                                     lost my temper and told them I wasn't taking her in as I knew how to take
                                     care of it and would. Social services showed up and we had to take her to the
                                     clinic. The doctor asked why we were there then shook his head when we told
                                     him about the circumstances. We left with a note saying her rash was eczema
                                     and that we already had the stuff at home to take care of it. No doctor had
                                     been required.

                                     We were of course proven innocent again. To be honest, our thoughts on
                                     Social Services is, "Come on in, we've nothing to hide. Want a cup of coffee?"

                                     We do consider it harassment when it's done just because they
                                     dislike/disapproveof myself or husband.

                                     Victorea has since moved to a new school. It is the best thing we ever could
                                     have done for her. She has only missed 15 days this year. Has not had any
                                     problems with the adults or students and actually has several friends. It's
                                     funny that the things the otherprincipal used to harass Victorea about, the
                                     new principal encourages her and talks to herabout.

                                     She was also diagnoses with having a type of Autism. It means that her world
                                     is black and white, which we had been trying to tell them all along. This school
                                     is working with her.

                                     Having her and my son OUT of the valley View, Dakota middle and central
                                     High School systems will hopefully keep them from having to go through what
                                     their sisters and ousin had to go through. Again, thank you for any help.

                                     Rev. Robbyn Ryssa K.


A-122   Make Health a   2003.04.03   Sen. Thomas Daschle
        Priority                     United States Senate
                                     509 Hart Senate Office Building
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                               Dear Sen. Daschle:

                               As a member of the American Thoracic Society (ATS), I would like to express
                               my concerns with the funding levels of research and public health programs in
                               President Bush's proposed budget for fiscal year 2004 (FY04).The ATS is a
                               non-profit, international, professional and scientific society for respiratory and
                               critical care medicine. The ATS is committed to the prevention and treatment
                               of respiratory disease through research, education, patient care and advocacy.
                               The long-range goal of the ATS is to decrease morbidity and mortality from
                               respiratory disorders and life threatening acute illnesses in people of all ages.
                               In keeping with these goals, ATS strongly supports robust funding for lung-
                               related research and public health programs.

                               As someone who deals with the devastating effects of lung disease on a daily
                               basis, I am concerned that the proposed budget for FY04 falls short of the
                               need for many important health and research programs. The 2 percent
                               increase for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) proposed in the President's
                               budget is not enough to sustain the growth the NIH has seen in the past five
                               years. I am equally concerned about programs at the Centers for Disease
                               Control and Prevention (CDC). The budget proposal would cut funding from
                               such important programs as health statistics, occupational safety and health,
                               epidemic services and response, and environmental health programs. All of
                               these programs play an important role in protecting the health of the
                               American people.

                               Increase federal funding for NIH and CDC will show Congress' strong
                               commitment to research and public health programs. Any effort to either
                               restore proposed significant cuts in health programs or to provided needed
                               increases for programs that are flat-funded, or seriously under funded can
                               only come at the expense of other important health activities and services. To
                               protect the health of this nation, we must not go down the road of choosing
                               one health program over another. Please find ways to adequately fund
                               research and public health programs. The health of the American people
                               today and future generations is at stake.

                               Sincerely,

                               Evelyn
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A-123   Combat Childhood   2003.04.03   Sen. Thomas Daschle
        Asthma                          United States Senate
                                        509 Hart Senate Office Building
                                        Washington, D.C. 20510-4103

                                        Dear Sen. Daschle:

                                        I am contacting you to encourage you to join the effort by Senator Durbin and
                                        Senator DeWine to combat childhood asthma.

                                        I strongly encourage you to sign on the Durbin-DeWine Childhood Asthma
                                        Dear Colleague letter. The American Thoracic Society (ATS) represents over
                                        14,000 physicians, scientists and health professionals who conduct lung health
                                        research and treat people with lung disease. ATS members know first hand
                                        how rapidly the problem of childhood asthma has grown in the United States
                                        and all over the world. As you may know, asthma is a major public health
                                        problem in the United States. The disease affects approximately 20.3 million
                                        people with 12 million people, over 4 million of who are under the age of 18
                                        having experienced an asthma attack in 2001. People with asthma experience
                                        well over 100 million days of restricted activity annually, and the total annual
                                        costs of the disease are estimated at $14 billion. Approximately 5,000 asthma
                                        deaths occur in the U.S. each year.

                                        The asthma prevalence rate among children is rising. The asthma prevalence
                                        rate among children is also rising. For the past five years, 5-17 year olds had
                                        the highest attack prevalence rates in the country. Clearly there is an urgent
                                        need for a response to the growing problem of asthma.

                                        The Durbin-DeWine Childhood Asthma "Dear Colleague" letter requests that
                                        the Senate L-HHS Appropriation Committee provide $70 million for the
                                        Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to establish grants to community
                                        organizations to screening, treatment, education and prevention of childhood
                                        asthma. All states would be eligible for the grants.

                                        I hope I can count your support for the Durbin-DeWine Childhood Asthma
                                        Dear Colleague letter.

                                        Sincerely,
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A-150    Disappointed Again   2003.04.03   Sen. Thomas Daschle
                                           United States Senate
                                           509 Hart Senate Office Building
                                           Washington, D.C. 20510-4103

                                           Sen. Daschle:

                                           Senator, once again you manage to play politics. It seems like all you care
                                           about is being a democrat & trying to hurt the opposite party. I hope you
                                           know that you do not represent the majority of South Dakota or of the United
                                           States. All you are doing is hurting yourself.

                                           I am proud to be an American & I support the President & I stand behind our
                                           troops. This is a "just" war, in that we are trying to liberate a country that is
                                           under control of an evil leadership. It is like a infection. Yes, it may hurt to
                                           get rid of it, but in the long run, it is for the best. War is never easy &
                                           innocent people lose their lives, but to allow this to continue would only make
                                           matters worse. Because of your remarks, you will be remembered as a part
                                           of the "liberal" group that does not support our President. You rank right up
                                           there with Peter Arnet & Hollywood. It is really sad, that you don't care
                                           enough about the United States or South Dakota to represent us.

                                           Sincerely,

                                           Pam D.


A-1391   Government Affairs   2003.04.03   Hello!

                                           I am wondering if someone in your office can explain what happened here.

                                           In January, 2003, the lst working day I believe, upon the advice of our bank
                                           that this was the appropriate time, I rolled some matured E bonds over into
                                           HH bonds, through the bank which is as an FDIC bank a representative of
                                           Treasury for this purpose. The quoted rate on the bonds that day until first
                                           maturity was 4%. I also double checked on the computer that morning, and
                                           the rate shown there was also 4%. The bonds were delivered in January. In
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                                           March I was listening to the host on a financial talk show on the radio, and he
                                           advised that people who had rolled over into HH bonds from January 1, 2003
                                           on this year were going to get an unpleasant surprise when they saw the
                                           direct deposit amounts because in March Treasury had retroactively lowered
                                           the HH bonds rates back to January lst to 1.5%, which is even with the
                                           aritificially low rates caused by the fed trying to restart the economy an
                                           extremely low rate for an investment that will normally be held about 20
                                           years. 4% was! about right. Anyway, like other folks I'm sure I made this
                                           investment rather than another opportunity that is now gone. I check the
                                           computer in March after I head this and it now, unlike in January, reflected
                                           the 1.5% rate. I contacted treasury about this, and they apologized for the
                                           "incorrect information" provided by the bank official, and sent me a computer
                                           link for savings bonds rates, which now show the 1.5%. Anyway, it occurs to
                                           me that the talk show host may have been correct, that treasury retroactively
                                           changed the rates (to generate tax probably as people cash in the E bonds
                                           instead of rolling them over), and I believe the bank official provided the most
                                           current information available to them in eary January. I imagine a lot of other
                                           folks were snagged on this.

                                           I am wondering if someone can tell me what happened here, when the change
                                           was made, as it was certainly unknown around here and on the forum I
                                           checked in early January, and, if treasury may do it that way, should they not
                                           probably be required to give reasonable notice of this so that folks can make
                                           plans, say a few months notice so bank officials and the public will be aware of
                                           it rather than doing it and catching folks off guard. My thought is inclined to
                                           be that the change either had not yet been made in early January 2003,as
                                           stated by the talk show host, or if it had, notice had not been been given to
                                           the banks who handle alot of the bond transactions for treasury, so they did
                                           not know. Thanks for your thoughts!

                                           Frank G. S.


A-1465   Government Affairs   2003.04.03   Senator Daschle;

                                           Thank you for serving your state and country.

                                           I am requesting you do every thing in your power to work with the Senate
                                           (&/or House) Judiciary Committee (& Chairman Jim Sensenbrenner) to
                                           Impeach Judge Stephen Reinhardt. Whereas: Judge Stephen Reinhardt has
                                           attacked and undermined the U.S. Constitution by outlawing the Pledge of
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                                        Allegiance, and

                                        Whereas: Judge Reinhardt's track record of liberal activism in creating the law
                                        instead of upholding the Constitution is proof that he is unable to abide by his
                                        oath of office; and

                                        Whereas: Judge Reinhardt's $150,000-a-year salary is paid for by the
                                        American taxpayers; Be it Resolved; that Congress should impeach Judge
                                        Reinhardt on the grounds that he is unfit to carry out his duties as an
                                        impartial judge sworn to uphold the U.S. Constitution.

                                        Signed: Dan B.


A-3111   War profiteers    2003.04.03   Sen. Thomas Daschle
                                        United States Senate
                                        509 Hart Senate Office Building
                                        Washington, D.C. 20510-4103

                                        Dear Sen. Daschle:

                                        Why can't Congress pass a clean bill to fund the president's request to fund
                                        the war that doesn't contain billions of dollars of unrelated spending? I urge
                                        you to offer amendments on the floor to remove all of this unrelated spending
                                        or vote against the bill.

                                        Sincerely,

                                        M.R. B., SD


A-4068   Foreign Affairs   2003.04.03   Dear Senator Dashle,

                                        Step forward to do whatever you can to stop the war in Iraq now. It is time
                                        for you to lead the Senate in opposition to President Bush's outradious
                                        crusade in Iraq. The lead has been taken by Congressman Dennis J. Kucinich
                                        (D-OH), who leads opposition to the War in Iraq within the House, today,
                                        issued the following statement on the House floor: "Stop the war now. As
                                        Baghdad will be encircled, this is the time to get the UN back in to inspect
                                        Baghdad and the rest of Iraq for biological and chemical weapons. Our troops
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                               should not have to be the ones who will find out, in combat, whether Iraq has
                               such weapons. Why put our troops at greater risk? We could get the United
                               Nations inspectors back in.

                               "Stop the war now. Before we send our troops into house-to-house combat in
                               Baghdad, a city of five million people. Before we ask our troops to take up the
                               burden of shooting innocent civilians in the fog of war."

                               Stop the war now. This war has been advanced on lie upon lie. Iraq was not
                               responsible for 9/11. Iraq was not responsible for any role al-Qaeda may have
                               had in 9/11. Iraq was not responsible for the anthrax attacks on this country.
                               Iraq did not tried to acquire nuclear weapons technology from Niger. This war
                               is built on falsehood."

                               Stop the war now. We are not defending America in Iraq. Iraq did not attack
                               this nation. Iraq has no ability to attack this nation. Each innocent civilian
                               casualty represents a threat to America for years to come and will end up
                               making our nation less safe. The seventy-five billion dollar supplemental
                               needs to be challenged because each dime we spend on this war makes
                               America less safe. Only international cooperation will help us meet the
                               challenge of terrorism. After 9/11 all Americans remember we had the support
                               and the sympathy of the world. Every nation was ready to be of assistance to
                               the United States in meeting the challenge of terrorism. And yet, with this
                               war, we have squandered the sympathy of the world. We have brought upon
                               this nation the anger of the world. We need the cooperation of the world, to
                               find the terrorists before they come to our shores."

                               Stop this war now. Seventy-five billion dollars more for war.

                               Three-quarters of a trillion dollars for tax cuts, but no money for veterans'
                               benefits. Money for war. No money for health care in America, but money for
                               war. No money for social security, but money for war. We have money to blow
                               up bridges over the Tigris and the Euphrates, but no money to build ridges in
                               our own cities. We have money to ruin the health of the Iraqi children, but no
                               money to repair the health of our own children and our educational
                               programs."

                               Stop this war now. It is wrong. It is illegal. It is unjust and it will come to no
                               good for this country.

                               "Stop this war now. Show our wisdom and our humanity, to be able to stop it,
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                                             to bring back the United Nations into the process. Rescue this moment.

                                             Rescue this nation from a war that is wrong, that is unjust, that is immoral."

                                             Stop this war now."


A-4755   Foreign Affairs        2003.04.03   I understand there is a bill to send $1. billion in aid to Turkey. I am opposed
                                             to this and hope that you will vote no. Turkey has opposed us in this current
                                             war and has hindered our operations. They have been uncooperative and
                                             rewarding them does not make sense.

                                             Thank you for your consideration.

                                             Sincerely,

                                             Rowena B.


A-5645   Case Work              2003.04.03   I would like to have Tom's address in Washington.

                                             Thanks


A-5684   Defense and Military   2003.04.03   Dear sir,

                                             I am a resident of South Dakota and have been in the US Army for seven
                                             years now. Soon I will be heading over to the middle east to fight. I have
                                             two questions.

                                             First question is why are they giving us such a dangerous injection as the
                                             anthrax vaccine? I am very upset that they would order me to risk my health
                                             for something like. They threatened to ruin my career if I didn't take the
                                             vaccine. There is a man that I work with that lost the sight in one of his eyes
                                             from that shot.

                                             My second question is why are Privately owned weapons not being authorized
                                             to take to war with us? I would like to take allong a 9mm for protection due
                                             to the nature of my job and I wanted to know If I can get special authorization
                                             to bring that or a .45 caliber pistol. I will not be close enough to my rifle at all
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                                           times because of what I do. Can you help me?


A-5685   Retirement for our   2003.04.03   Sen. Thomas Daschle
         congressmen &                     United States Senate
         women                             509 Hart Senate Office Building
                                           Washington, D.C. 20510-4103

                                           Sen. Daschle:

                                           I would like to know what retirement benefits congress recieve, and if they are
                                           actually part of the social security system. I would also like to know what is
                                           being done to replace funds that were borrowed from The social Security Trust
                                           Fund.

                                           Sincerely,

                                           Phil D., SD


A-5686   Education            2003.04.03   Hello, my name is Pierre D.. I am in 5th grade at Monte Vista Elementary
                                           School in La Crescenta ,California. I am working on a Social Studies project. I
                                           picked South Dakota. Part of my project is to write to the Senators of the
                                           state and get a letter back from them. I hope you will have the time to answer
                                           me. I would like to know a little bit about what your responsibilities are as a
                                           Senator. Also, do you get elected or nominated and for how long ?

                                           Thank you. I hope I can visit your state some day.

                                           Regards,

                                           Pierre D.


A-5687   Education            2003.04.03   Dear Senator Daschle,

                                           I am a school teacher in Pennsylvania. Each year I teach my Social Studies
                                           classes a unit on politics and elections. I am seeking an autographed picture
                                           to display to my classes. A real autographed picture always grabs the
                                           attention of my students quicker and causes more buzz than an
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                                             unautographed picture.

                                             Thank you for your time and consideration.


A-5737   Education ;            2003.04.03   Dear Mr. Daschle,
         Photograph request
                                             My name is Brad H. I am doing a biography report on you for school. Could
                                             you please send me an autographed photo of yourself. This would be greatly
                                             appreciated. Thank you very much. Thanks Again,

                                             Brad H., NY


A-5738   Defense and Military   2003.04.03   Mr. Daschle,

                                             I was e-mailed a disturbing article dealing with homeland security and a bill
                                             that was attatched to it about American Indian reservation government. It
                                             seems to me that the bill is approving reservations to govern themselves
                                             regardless of the laws of the state or country they are in. This sounds like
                                             what Russia did when it no longer ruled as a "state" nation. I don't believe we
                                             need or want a segregated government within the state or government! What
                                             are we fighting for in Iraq? Why would we want to split our own country like
                                             that? We all live by laws that aren't popular to some, but we also live to keep
                                             our nation whole not "splintered" or "segregated". Didn't we get rid of this
                                             thinking about a hundred years ago with the abolition of slavery and that
                                             nasty little war we fought our southern states over? Please, reassure us that
                                             that will not happen again! Don't let this bill pass!


A-5739   Defense and Military   2003.04.03   Seanotor Daschle:

                                             I heard on NPR news today that you are proposing legislation to allow
                                             members of the National Guard to be able to pay a premium abd become
                                             elegible for coverage under the military's health coverage. I think this is a
                                             wonderful idea.

                                             I do not know the full scope of what you are providing but wish to suggest
                                             that you broaden the scope of the plan to include those retired members of
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                                            the various National Guard services; both Army and Air.

                                            Members of the regular, full time military are eligable for medical coverage
                                            after retirement. I think it would be a good benefit to offer retired members of
                                            the Guard the same coverage if they are willing to pay a premium for the
                                            coverage.

                                            Speaking for myself, I am 55 years old and retired from the Iowa Air National
                                            Guard with 23 years of service. Although I am currently working and have
                                            health insurance the possiblity of any kind of early retirement before I become
                                            eligible for Medicare is nonexistent. It is becoming more and more difficult to
                                            obtain health insurance on an individual basis, especially after one starts
                                            getting older and maybe developing some health issues.

                                            Personally, I would favor some form of national, socialized health care system
                                            but I do not think that will happen anytime soon. The possibility of at least
                                            making affordable health care available to retired guard and reserve members
                                            and their families would be a step in the right direction even though it would
                                            not be a total solution for the general population.

                                            Thanks for your consideration.

                                            Steve B.


A-5740   Please Oppose         2003.04.03   Sen. Thomas Daschle
         Electricity                        United States Senate
         Deregulation in the                509 Hart Senate Office Building
         Energy Bill!                       Washington, D.C. 20510-4103

                                            Sen. Daschle:

                                            Please Oppose Electricity Deregulation in the Energy Bill!

                                            Please oppose the "Energy Policy Act of 2003" as long as it contains an
                                            electricity title (Title VII) that would advance failed deregulation policies that
                                            have devastated the electric industry and its consumers.

                                            The electric utility industry has been turned upside down in the last several
                                            years as deregulation proposals have advanced through several state
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                               legislatures. The "obligation to serve" the customer has been replaced by the
                               need for profits; companies have scaled back maintenance budgets and
                               employees to prepare for "competition" and improve their profile on Wall
                               Street; and ratepayer costs have skyrocketed when price caps have expired in
                               states that have deregulated.

                               Some of my concerns about this legislation are:

                               * It expands the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) authority
                               when the agency has already proven it is not capable of effective oversight.
                               In June 2002, the General Accounting Office (GAO) published a report that
                               outlined the inadequacies of FERC's regulatory and oversight approach,
                               staffing concerns and budget restraints.

                               * It repeals the Public Utility Holding Company Act (PUHCA). We are all
                               familiar with the recent events in the industry that show the continued
                               relevance of PUHCA in protecting utility consumers. PUHCA includes a
                               number of provisions designed to prevent risky deals, question suspicious
                               accounting practices, and protect the financial health and creditworthiness of
                               utility holding companies.

                               I also feel strongly that merger review requirements must be strengthened,
                               not relaxed as is called for in the legislation.* The facts are not in on the
                               Western market manipulations. It is too soon to try to fix deregulation's flaws
                               when we still don't have the whole story.

                               Like peeling layers from an onion, market manipulations are continuing to
                               surface.

                               Congress needs to send the utility industry and FERC a clear signal- rejecting
                               this bill will reinforce the message that regulatory oversight is essential and
                               that profits cannot replace the need for safe, reliable, affordable power.

                               * This bill does not address concerns about FERC's Standard Market Design
                               (SMD) proposal. I believe state control of transmission infrastructure is
                               critical. FERC should not be allowed to seize authority, increase costs and
                               deny consumers access to the system they paid for in rates. States must
                               retain a central role in protecting their consumers.

                               Despite our country's need to strive toward energy independence, now is not
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                                    the time to pass the "Energy Policy Act of 2003" if it includes the electricity
                                    title. Our homeland security concerns should stabilize the financially crippled
                                    electricity industry, not further disrupt electricity supplies with deregulation.

                                    Sincerely,

                                    duane t h., SD


A-5746   HR 1261       2003.04.03   Sen. Thomas Daschle
                                    United States Senate
                                    509 Hart Senate Office Building
                                    Washington, D.C. 20510-4103

                                    Dear Sen. Daschle:

                                    Dear Member of Congress--I am writing to express deep concern about
                                    provisions in the proposed Workforce Reinvestment and Adult Education Act of
                                    2003. Section 108(h) of this bill (H.R. 1261) will permit Governors to take
                                    funds from WIA partner programs at the state level (including the Carl D.
                                    Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act) and use them for one-stop
                                    center infrastructure and administrative costs. If this happens, services will
                                    not be a priority! In fact, the effect would be a block grant that siphons
                                    funding from a number of programs, specifically Perkins post secondary
                                    education, Adult Education, Vocational Rehabilitation, Welfare, Title 5 of the
                                    Older Americans Act, Trade Adjustment Assistance Act, Community Service
                                    Block Grant [CSBG], HUD employment and training programs, Veterans job
                                    training, Wagner-Peyser (Employment Service, and state UI programs. This
                                    proposal would amount to yet another attempt to reduce the amount of
                                    money for programs like the Perkins Act!

                                    The proposal to block grant these funds would reduce the quality of services
                                    available through one-stop centers, increase the worker shortage in technical
                                    fields, and devastate other effective programs overall! We need your support
                                    to oppose the reduction and block granting of these funds.

                                    The entire education community asks that Congress engage in a more
                                    productive dialogue to enhance WIA and its partner programs rather than
                                    eliminate them.
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                                        Sincerely,

                                        fred z., SD


A-5747   Case Work         2003.04.03   To whom it may concern,

                                        Hello, my name is David E. and a few months ago a letter was written to
                                        Illinois's Jesse White pertaining to my drivers license. It was signed by Tom
                                        Daschle. It letter was about getting my license back. I have heard twice from
                                        them. Once they asked me for more clearer proof of residency. In the original
                                        packet I sent my check stub that had it right on it. Well this time I sent 3
                                        types. Plus I had to fill out another form. I recieved another letter about two
                                        or three weeks later. They told me I will have to wait for everything to go
                                        through a hearing and so on. And they will not no how long it takes. They said
                                        they had a lot of instate and out of state packages to take care of. Could you
                                        please send them a nother letter to speed up the process.

                                        Thank You Very Much,

                                        David J. E.

                                        P.S. I need things to speed up because, I am unemployed and need to find a
                                        job. It helps with transportation.


B-1320   War profiteers    2003.04.03   Dear Sen. Daschle:

                                        Why can't Congress pass a clean bill to fund the president's request to fund
                                        the war that doesn't contain billions of dollars of unrelated spending? I urge
                                        you to offer amendments on the floor to remove all of this unrelated spending
                                        or vote against the bill.

                                        Sincerely,

                                        Marlyn R., SD


B-440    Judicial Issues   2003.04.03   Dear Senators Daschle and Johnson,
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                                   I am writing to urge you to reject portions of the "Amber Alert Bill" passed by
                                   the House of Representatives. Specifically, the portion eliminating downward
                                   departures by sentencing judges is an ill-conceived attachment to this bill. To
                                   my understanding, no member of the Sentencing Commission or judiciary
                                   were sounded out about this attachment prior to the bill's passage by the
                                   House. I believe it is absolutely necessary to strike this from any bill. Political
                                   considerations can result in overly draconian measures taken in specific
                                   criminal cases. The severely limited downward departure scheme is the only
                                   tool for the criminal justice system to respond to factual concerns that do not
                                   arise from politically expedient stances taken by all prosecutors. Also, the
                                   backdoor maneuvering that appears to have occurred to include this
                                   attachment in the House is another principled reason to fight its passage. I
                                   urge your strong support in this matter.

                                   Sincerely,

                                   Joe K.
                                   Lawrence County Public Defender


B-923   environment   2003.04.03   Dear Senator Daschle,

                                   I urge you to oppose attempts to include any language in the Defense
                                   Authorization bill that would reduce our nation's environmental protections.
                                   The bill currently contains exemptions from the Clean Air Act, hazardous
                                   waste and Superfund laws, the Marine Mammal Protection Act and the
                                   Endangered Species Act. I encourage you to oppose these provisions and any
                                   additional amendments that would add exemptions from other federal laws
                                   that protect our nation's environment and public health and have long been
                                   supported by the American people.

                                   Federal law *already* allows the Defense Department to obtain exemptions
                                   from almost all of these laws when national security is at stake. Moreover,
                                   these proposals are being considered without adequate congressional review
                                   or input from the states and communities that would be most affected. I fully
                                   support the U.S. military, especially in its efforts to protect our national
                                   security, but believe firmly that no government agency should be above the
                                   law.

                                   Sincerely,
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                                           Louise M., SD


A-6    Defense and Military   2003.04.04   Senator,

                                           John Kerry's comments in New Hampshire did not do him, you or the
                                           Democratic party and good at all. You cannot compare in anyway the Saddam
                                           regime to the Bush presidency. The way Kerry came off is an insult, not only
                                           to George Bush but to the rest of this country. My personal feeling is the
                                           rhetoric needs to be toned down until this war is over. My son is set to
                                           deploy, my Shop Manager's brother is set to deploy, my Banker's daughter in
                                           law is set to deploy and your fellow Senator Johnson's son is already in Iraq
                                           serving his country. I am sick & tired of the "anti" gang and do not want to
                                           hear anymore of the negativism until this thing is done. Let us set the politics
                                           aside until things are settled down. Then we can go at it tooth & nail again.

                                           Thank You

                                           Curtis C. R.

                                           ps sometime when you are in the --- area taking a break, I have a good boat,
                                           I will take you Walleye fishing. You need to see Lake Oahe's condition
                                           yourself.


A-51   Case Work              2003.04.04   RE: Thank you for becoming an original co-sponsor of the Local Law
                                           Enforcement Enhancement Act

                                           The Honorable Tom Daschle
                                           Washington, DC 20510-4103

                                           Dear Senator Daschle,

                                           As your constituent, I am writing to thank you for becoming an original co-
                                           sponsor of the Local Law Enforcement Enhancement Act (S. 625 in the 107th
                                           Congress).

                                           Since the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) began collecting hate crimes
                                           statistics in 1991, reported hate crimes based on sexual orientation more than
                                           tripled; yet the federal government has no jurisdiction to assist states and
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                                        localities in dealing with even the most violent hate crimes against gay,
                                        lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans. The FBI's 2001 Uniform Crime
                                        Reports the most recent year for which statistics are available -- showed that
                                        as overall crime increased slightly nationally (2.1 percent), reported hate
                                        crimes increased dramatically (20.7 percent) from 2000 to 2001, and hate
                                        crimes based on sexual orientation increased 7.2 percent.

                                        LLEEA would help address this very real and serious problem and would also
                                        help to bring much-needed uniformity to federal law by adding actual or
                                        perceived sexual orientation, gender and disability to the list of covered
                                        categories.

                                        Again, thank you for co-sponsoring this important legislation, and please do all
                                        that you can to urge your colleagues to do the same.

                                        Sincerely,

                                        Lawrence N.


A-712    Foreign Affairs   2003.04.04   Mr. Daschle,

                                        In an e-mail I received, I questioned a paragraph that was in there. Could you
                                        please tell me if this statement is true?

                                        "A French compay was awarded a $700 million plus contract to operate the 55
                                        mess halls of our US Marine facilities."

                                        With the way the French have disapproved of the United States handling of
                                        the present situation in Iraq, this contract should be retracted at no cost and
                                        awarded to an AMERICAN company. Shame on the FRENCH. God bless
                                        AMERICA and our TROOPS.

                                        Pam P.


A-5490   Judicial Issues   2003.04.04   I am concerned about the move the administration is making to roll back
                                        affirmative action. Integration is not something that will happen by itself. It
                                        must be inforced by laws and if necassary quotas. I seems both business and
                                        the military have seen the benefit of creating opportunities for minorities to
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                                           get ahead. I hope that you will take a stand in this case against the
                                           administrations policy and attempts to dismantle a program that has been a
                                           great benefit to this country.

                                           Thanks


A-5552   A Jobs Policy Now,   2003.04.04   Sen. Thomas Daschle
         Or Else                           United States Senate
                                           509 Hart Senate Office Building
                                           Washington, D.C. 20510-4103

                                           Dear Sen. Daschle:

                                           The unemployment crisis in this country is at epidemic proportions. More than
                                           2 million manufacturing jobs have disappeared in the last 18 months and
                                           entire industries are teetering on the brink of collapse.

                                           I am very concerned over the lack of a national jobs policy, or any policy to
                                           effectively address the erosion of our economic foundations. Without quick
                                           action, without a commitment by our elected officials, this crisis could expand
                                           beyond our ability as a nation to address it.

                                           Too many jobs have vanished due to flawed trade laws and tax policies that
                                           actually encourage corporation to move facilities overseas. We must develop
                                           and support a strategy that rebuilds our manufacturing base here at home if
                                           we hope to regain the benefits that flow from an expanding economy.

                                           I strongly urge you to speak out about the jobs crisis immediately and to
                                           make job creation policies a priority before any more good paying jobs or vital
                                           industries disappear.

                                           You might want to review IAM President Buffenbarger's speech and the cover
                                           story on Jobs in the latrest edition of the IAM Journal:IP Buffenbarger speech:
                                           www.goiam.org/news.asp?c

                                           stanley t., SD


A-5553   War Funding Should   2003.04.04   Sen. Thomas Daschle
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         Include Airline Aid                United States Senate
                                            509 Hart Senate Office Building
                                            Washington, D.C. 20510-4103

                                            Dear Sen. Daschle:

                                            I am very concerned that the Bush Administration's request for supplemental
                                            funding for the War in Iraq does not include help for airline workers and their
                                            airlines. This is unfair. Airline workers and the airline industry were impacted
                                            more than any other sector in our economy by the 9/11 attacks. The war in
                                            Iraq will further weaken the air travel market and threatens the survival of
                                            several major air carriers.

                                            More than one hundred thousand airline and aerospace jobs have already
                                            disappeared. Those families are struggling to get by without healthcare
                                            benefits and their unemployment insurance is running out because Congress
                                            ignored them when they passed earlier airline relief legislation. Congress must
                                            not make the same mistake.

                                            I urge you to ensure that any supplemental spending authorization for the
                                            War in Iraq contain at least the following measures to help airline workers:
                                            There should be extended unemployment benefits and assistance to maintain
                                            healthcare insurance; there should be pension protection so that carriers
                                            facing bankruptcy do not abrogate their pension responsibilities and finally,
                                            Congress should prohibit any money given to airlines from being used to
                                            support lobbying front groups such as the Communities for Economic Strength
                                            Through Aviation (CESTA), who are trying to weaken collective bargaining
                                            under the Railway Labor Act.

                                            I would appreciate hearing your views on this matter.

                                            Sincerely,

                                            Stanley T., SD


A-5554   Visa Rules Changes    2003.04.04   Sen. Thomas Daschle
         Will Cost US Jobs                  United States Senate
                                            509 Hart Senate Office Building
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                               Dear Sen. Daschle:

                               H1-B visas are a JOBS issue. Who sits in front of an employer's computer
                               terminal is now a matter of national employment policy. Right now, 65,000
                               H1-B visas can be issued each year. And each H1-B visa issued means one
                               less job for an American cyberspace worker.

                               In the last six years, nearly 600,000 foreign nationals received H1-B visas.
                               Now Washington says they can stay as long as they want -- if they reapply
                               each year for a green card. So, with little debate and even less publicity, the
                               politicians wiped out 600,000 jobs, 600,000 jobs that twenty- and thirty-
                               something Americans techies could and should do.

                               With unemployment and under-employment still rising in this industry,
                               American cyberspace workers are justifiably angry over the politicians' callous
                               disregard for their plight. Not only did they eliminate over 600,000 jobs
                               permanently, but they simultaneously created an educational stratification in
                               the industry that leaves them at a distinct disadvantage.

                               H1-B visas require a college degree. For the thousands of American techies
                               who entered the cyber workforce right out of high school, lacking that
                               credential places them on a lower rung of the employment ladder. Their
                               hands-on experience and knowledge counts for little when competing for a
                               high tech job against a college grad with an H1-B visa. Without a way to
                               validate their own credentials, they become second class citizens in their own
                               land.

                               And yet, things are not all wine and roses for the foreign national. In the
                               current economic environment, a virtually permanent H1-B visa means that
                               the foreign national is little more than an indentured servant. They know how
                               dependent they are on their employers' good will. They know that without that
                               job -- regardless of how eggregious the wages, hours or conditions of
                               employment might be -- they are headed home. Maybe not right away, but
                               eventually they must return to their own land.

                               On every side of the H1-B visa issue, there are losers and winners. Right now,
                               the big winners are the employers who get virtually indentured servants. But
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                                            that must change.

                                            The current H1-B laws were written in a vacuum; only the industry's lobbyists
                                            were present. I, for one, do not intend to let that occur again.

                                            When Congress adresses this issue in 2003, it needs to reclaim those 600,000
                                            jobs for American cyberspace workers.

                                            I hope I can count on your help to do exactly that.

                                            Sincerely,

                                            Stanley T., SD


A-5555   Protect the Railway   2003.04.04   Sen. Thomas Daschle
         Labor Act                          United States Senate
                                            509 Hart Senate Office Building
                                            Washington, D.C. 20510-4103

                                            Dear Sen. Daschle:

                                            I am writing to urge your opposition to any proposed legislation seeking to
                                            destroy airline and railroad workers' rights to vote on labor agreements. The
                                            airline industry is currently promoting changes to the Railway Labor Act that
                                            would deny workers the right to negotiate on issues such as wages, benefits,
                                            and safety by replacing the right to fight for a good contract with a winner-
                                            take-all, "baseball style" arbitration process. The bill would not "reform" air
                                            and rail bargaining - it would destroy it. Contracts would not be settled at the
                                            bargaining table - a third party would decide the fate of air and rail workers'
                                            wages and benefits. Clearly, the airlines would have no incentive to negotiate
                                            fairly, ruining the chances of workers and management reaching voluntary
                                            agreements. In other words, airline CEOs would never have to bargain again.
                                            If the proposed changes become law, it will have the unintended effect of
                                            causing more hostility, not less, between labor and management while
                                            rendering workers powerless to defend their jobs. Air and Rail workers want to
                                            negotiate their contracts on a level-playing field, one that produces timely and
                                            fair agreements and does not cause any disruption for passengers.

                                            Destroying the Railway Labor Act would poison the bargaining process and I
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                                           am urging you to oppose any changes.

                                           Sincerely,

                                           Stanley T., SD


A-5716   Judicial Issues      2003.04.04   I can't believe that so called Americans would want to get rid of the Pledge of
                                           Allegiance and our National Motto. I signed a petition on the following
                                           website: http://www.wepledge.com. How about you????? Where would we
                                           be without GOD????


A-5717   Case Work            2003.04.04   I just want you to know that my husband and I will not be voting for you
                                           again. We are a shamed of the comments you made before the war and then
                                           after it was going successful and you thought you might lose votes you came
                                           out with a phony stateman. Time for you to get out of public office. Shame on
                                           you


A-5718   Government Affairs   2003.04.04   Senator Daschle:

                                           I'm saddened, deeply saddened. My 96 year old Grandmother died this
                                           week. She lived most of her life in Murdo which is also my birth place. She
                                           was a lifelong Democrat and was very active going to several National
                                           conventions. There was a time I was proud to tell people that I am from
                                           South Dakota.

                                           It has become incresingly difficult to tolerate some of the things you do and
                                           say. You have become an embarrassment. Here is an example: You said,
                                           "I'm saddened, saddened that this president failed so miserably at diplomacy
                                           that we're now forced to war. . . . Saddened that we have to give up one life
                                           because this president couldn't create the kind of diplomatic effort that was so
                                           critical for our country." My Grandmother deserved better representation on
                                           the National level than what you have provided. Your choice not to run for
                                           President was a good one. Please decide not to run for public office again. If
                                           you decide to run for another National office, your opponents will recieve my
                                           money to help defeat you.
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                                     A Native Son,

                                     Jerry E.


A-5719   Civil Rights   2003.04.04   Sen. Thomas Daschle
                                     509 Hart Senate Office Building
                                     Washington, DC 20510-4103

                                     Dear Senator Daschle,

                                     I write to convey Amnesty International USA's concerns specific to the funding
                                     for humanitarian assistance requested in the FY 2003 supplemental
                                     appropriation submitted by President Bush.

                                     Humanitarian assistance is of enormous importance to the survival of the
                                     civilian population of Iraq, and to refugees, internally displaced people, and
                                     victims of war, conflict, and human rights abuse worldwide. The President's
                                     supplemental appropriations request includes only a small fraction of the
                                     $74.7 billion for humanitarian assistance and seeks to vest in the White House
                                     the discretionary authority over $2.4 billion in program funding for Iraq relief
                                     and reconstruction. I urge you to increase the level of funding dedicated to
                                     humanitarian assistance and to ensure the authority for managing the funds
                                     remains vested in the government agencies that have expertise in
                                     humanitarian assistance. I also urge you to ensure that the US government,
                                     to the fullest extent and at earliest time possible, funds food and other relief
                                     assistance through multilateral humanitarian assistance organizations that are
                                     considered neutral to the conflict, such as the International Committee of the
                                     Red Cross, the Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the World
                                     Food Program, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, as
                                     well as their implementing nongovernmental partners. With regard to
                                     humanitarian assistance in the President's supplemental appropriation
                                     request, Amnesty International USA has made the following recommendations
                                     that I support:

                                     * Increase to $1 billion the $543 million request in the Executive Office of the
                                     President (EXOP) request for humanitarian assistance to refugees, internally
                                     displaced persons, and other vulnerable individuals.

                                     * Vest programming authority for the EXOP request for $543 million in
                                     Department of State's Bureau for Population, Refugees and Migration and
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                                        USAID.

                                        * Fund the $150 million Emergency Fund for Complex Crises under the
                                        authority of USAID, and administered by Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance
                                        (OFDA). Clearly identify a Congressional Oversight role regarding this fund.

                                        * Fully replenish all accounts that have been reprogrammed to meet the Iraqi
                                        emergency by adding $110 million for Development Assistance, $32.5 million
                                        to the $80 million requested for International Disaster Assistance (totaling
                                        $112.5), and $3.9 million for Transition Assistance.

                                        * Replenish the Emergency Migration and Refugee Assistance (ERMA) account
                                        to $100 million to meet urgent, unforeseen refugee and migration
                                        emergencies.

                                        * Provide $350 million in emergency food aid to Africa. The United States has
                                        specific responsibilities to ensure that food and medical supplies reach the
                                        civilian populations in territories under its military control to the fullest extent
                                        possible. This responsibility is based on US commitments made regarding the
                                        conflict in Iraq and obligations under international law.

                                        Thank you for considering the above concerns and recommendations as you
                                        make critical decisions about US investment during the conflict and in post-
                                        war Iraq.

                                        Sincerely,

                                        Barbara C., SD


A-5720   Foreign Affairs   2003.04.04   Dear Senator Daschle:

                                        We have met two times before when I was quite a younger man. My concern
                                        stems from your lack of vocal support against the murder we are commiting in
                                        Iraq. How do we justify this war when we have lost less than 50 soldiers,
                                        have killed over 650 civilians, and have no knowledge of Iraqi soldiers death
                                        counts that must run into the thousands? I do not advocate the deaths of
                                        American soldiers, of course, as I was one myself, but where is our honor?
                                        We were in a position to engage the whole world. We were on the cusp of
                                        something incredible. We were in place to be world leaders with conscience
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                                           and grace. Instead, once again, the Republican-led government chooses
                                           greed and power. I am ashamed to be an American run by this government,
                                           and yet for political fear, everyone has backed away. What is the true nature
                                           of a leader? People are led by knowledge and bravery. This is not a time for
                                           power of reward or inferent, this is a time for people in your position to stand
                                           up f! or the righteous, not bow to pressure. Don't believe the polls. We do
                                           know what is going on and we will not sit idly by while our innocence and self-
                                           worth is sold. Please consider your duty to the world.

                                           Sincerely,

                                           David C.


A-5721   Government Affairs   2003.04.04   I am so ashamed of you and your recent comments in regard to our
                                           Goverment and the President I really think you have been in office long
                                           enough and that you should not run for office again when I am ashamed to
                                           tell people that I am from South Dakota that is really sad since I have lived
                                           here all of my life my family goes back 5 generations in South Dakota you
                                           have let the people of South Dakota down


A-5722   Health               2003.04.04   I'm the Executive Director for the SD Pharmacists Assocaiton. I will be in DC
                                           May 18-21. I'm requesting a meeting for either the afternoon of May 20th or
                                           anytime on May 21. I'm requesting a one hour meeting, I will also be bring
                                           my Board President with me to this meeting.I would like to take to you
                                           regarding Senior Drug Coverage, along with other Medicare issues. Thank
                                           you.


A-5723   Health               2003.04.04   Dear Mr. Daschle

                                           I would like to address a concern that could be affecting the health of South
                                           Dakotans. I have done a lot of research on adding fluoride to our water. I
                                           have read that it is a carcinogenic bi-product of aluminum. It also may cause
                                           other possible health problems. Independent scientific evidence repeatedly
                                           showing up over the past 50 years reveals that fluoride allegedly shortens our
                                           life span, promotes cancer and various mental disturbances, accelerates
                                           osteoporosis and broken hips in old folks, and makes us stupid, docile, and
                                           subservient. There are reports of aluminum in the brain possibly being a
                                           causative factor in Alzheimer`s Disease, and evidence points towards
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                                    fluoride`s strong affinity for aluminum and also its ability to "trick" the blood-
                                    brain barrier by looking like the hydrogen ion, and thus allowing chemical
                                    access to brain tissue. I have read that the first known addition of fluoride
                                    to drinking water was in the Nazi concentration camps. I don't think it was for
                                    healthier teeth. Their alleged reason formass-medicating water with sodium
                                    fluoride was to sterilize humans and force the people in their concentration
                                    camps into calm submission. (Ref.book: "The Crime and Punishment of I.G.
                                    Farben" by Joseph Borkin.) I have read that in small doses fluoride is good
                                    for teeth, but should never be swallowed. It is in our tooth paste and dentists
                                    can give fluoride tablets to children to rinse with. Why should fluoride be put
                                    in our water as well?

                                    Individuals should be able to just say no to fluoride.

                                    Sincerely,

                                    Jason L.


A-5724   Health        2003.04.04   Dear Mr. Daschle,

                                    I have always been proud to be from SD despite the backwards view of the
                                    state that most people have. That pride comes from a sense home, family
                                    and belief that the people have a genuine goodness and sense of right. I am
                                    embarrassed to see that the biggest spokesman for our state is forgetting
                                    those value. Abortion is an issue of women's health, as many argue. But not
                                    a health issue that should ensure that everyone has a right to abortion. It is
                                    an issue that is not being disclosed to the public. Abortion is highly connected
                                    to breast cancer and possibly infertility, yet this is not told to the women.
                                    Minors are able to get abortions without anyone questioning statutory rape or
                                    even reporting to parents. No other medical procedure in history is so
                                    untested yet so accepted!!

                                    I am asking you to be the new leader that you once were. Not the one that
                                    goes along with the ignorant crowd like cattle brought in from pasture, but the
                                    one that truly stands for the rights of women, especially young women. So
                                    many believe that abortion is the quick fix, without realizing what they are
                                    doing or the possible side effects. In the name of the State you are
                                    representing, stand up for the values that we are known for; family, and a
                                    genuine sense of right. Protect at least the young women from making an
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                                              uneducated choice that they will regret for life!

                                              As for your voting on the partial-birth abortion ban- When did you lose track
                                              of who you represent. You represent the people of a State whether they are 6
                                              months or 6 years!! Your voting was an embarrassment to our State!


A-5725   Mentoring               2003.04.04   Sen. Thomas Daschle
         Appropriations Letter                United States Senate
                                              509 Hart Senate Office Building
                                              Washington, D.C. 20510-4103

                                              Dear Sen. Daschle:

                                              I would like to ask you to sign on to the mentoring appropriatins letter being
                                              circulated by Senators Allen, Akaka and Ben Nelson. Thank you.

                                              Sincerely,

                                              Jolene G.
                                              Big Brothers Big Sisters Manager
                                              Big Brothers Big Sisters of Sioux Falls


A-5726   CEO Certification of    2003.04.04   Sen. Thomas Daschle
         Tax Returns                          United States Senate
                                              509 Hart Senate Office Building
                                              Washington, D.C. 20510-4103

                                              Dear Sen. Daschle:

                                              As a member of Financial Executives International (FEI) and as a concerned
                                              constituent, I am writing to urge you to support a very important proposed
                                              revision to the current Section 722 of the CARE Act (S. 476). As currently
                                              drafted, Section 722 would require corporate CEOs to sign their companies'
                                              federal income tax returns.

                                              FEI has proposed that this provision be revised to require CEOs to sign their
                                              companies' federal incomes tax returns only once.
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                                    FEI's rationale for this modification is based on the fact that it is overly broad
                                    and could require CEOs to sign hundreds of additional documents. I
                                    appreciate the opportunity to share my views on this matter, and urge you to
                                    have the current Section 722 language modified within the Manager's
                                    Amendment to S. 476.

                                    Sincerely,

                                    Bill K., SD


A-5728   Case Work     2003.04.04   Senator Daschle's office;

                                    I just completed emailing letters to all the major newspapers in South Dakota.

                                    I had misses on the email addresses of 3 of the papers.

                                    The names were taken from a list supplied by Senator Johnson's office last
                                    November.

                                    Please email a correct list.

                                    I referred to Senator Daschle's website and could not find a link.

                                    Dennis L. L.


A-5729   Veterans      2003.04.04   Dear Senator Daschle,

                                    My name is Raymond D. A. I am a life long resident of South Dakota and
                                    supporter of your good work in Washington for our state. For many years I
                                    farmed in Lincoln County and later worked in Beresford and Centerville until
                                    semi-retiring in the last 12 month.

                                    I take great pride in also being a Veteran. I served in the United States Army
                                    from 1956-1958 and also in the Reserve until June of 1962. ID number ER 55
                                    571845 SP4 E4. I was station in Fort Chaffee, Arkansas, Fort Hood, Texas
                                    and Hawaii. The training and experiences are forever in my memory bank.
                                    When serving, one of the earned benefits that were constantly emphasized
                                    was our right as a solider to receive ongoing medical care at VA Hospitals as I
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                               grew older.

                               I am 69 years old and have been thankful for good health. Realizing there
                               were other Veterans that have had health complications, I elected not to even
                               begin the application process for VA medical benefits to allows others to utilize
                               their earned benefit. This is a decision I now very much regret!

                               Within the past two weeks, I have experienced acute Renal failure due to
                               Vasculitis which is an autoimmune disorder. I was a patient at McKennan
                               Hospital for a week and now am receiving dialysis 3 times a week to stay
                               alive. I have gone from not requiring any prescription pills to now having a
                               $500.00 a month pharmaceutical bill.

                               You cannot begin to imagine what a life changing experience this has been for
                               my wife of 40 years and myself. My wife, Jan, retired last May, 2002 from the
                               Centerville Public Schools after teaching for 46 years. Our retirement income
                               is modest. My social security check is $622.00 a month.

                               It became apparent immediately that I now need the services (specifically
                               pharmaceutical costs) I have earned serving my nation. When I contacted the
                               VA Hospital earlier this week in Sioux Falls, South Dakota I was told they
                               would not even take my information/application to receive my earned benefit.
                               They are full, no room, and no help until further notice.

                               I can't help but think this must be a big mistake and am seeking your help in
                               resolving this issue for me. I understand the system like most everything else
                               is over burdened. But in making such a drastic decision, there must have
                               been provisions made for circumstances such as mine, an acute problem.

                               I am especially asking for help with the pharmaceutical costs.

                               I can't imagine what the response or penalty would have been over 40 years
                               ago when asked by my country to protect our nation and I would have
                               responded, "Sorry, I need to plow the field or this really isn't a good time on
                               my calendar." I gladly put my life on hold and felt a tremendous amount of
                               honor to serve.

                               I am seeking your help in simply resolving the issue and making available the
                               prescription benefit at the co-payment I earned over 40 years ago. I
                               appreciate our thoughtfulness and attention to this matter and look forward to
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                                    hearing from you and your office with potential resolution.

                                    Gratefully,

                                    Raymond D. A., SD


A-5730   Other         2003.04.04   Sen. Thomas Daschle
                                    509 Hart Senate Office Building
                                    Washington, DC 20510-4103

                                    Dear Senator Daschle,

                                    As a person of faith, I am deeply concerned about the safety of both American
                                    soldiers and Iraqi civilians.

                                    Although the fighting has officially started, I still believe this unjust war lacks
                                    the support of the international community and is a violation of international
                                    law. I am praying for the leaders of our nation, for members of the military,
                                    and for the people of Iraq. May God help us find our way toward peace.

                                    Sincerely,

                                    scott m., SD


A-5736   Other         2003.04.04   Sen. Thomas Daschle
                                    509 Hart Senate Office Building
                                    Washington, DC 20510-4103

                                    Dear Senator Daschle,

                                    President Bush's decision to renominate a controversial slate of judicial
                                    candidates is a sign of gross insensitivity to civil rights enforcement and
                                    Congress's historic role in providing redress for victims of discrimination.
                                    Charles Pickering and Priscilla Owen, once-before rejected by the Senate
                                    Judiciary Committee, have well-documented records of intolerance on issues
                                    of civil rights and women's reproductive freedoms. Once again, these
                                    nominations must be denied! As a federal district judge, Charles Pickering
                                    tried to pressure the U.S. Justice Department to reduce a charge against a
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                                   convicted cross-burner to avoid having the defendant serve a mandatory
                                   minimum sentence of five years in prison. Priscilla Owen effectively tried to
                                   rewrite a key Texas civil rights law to make it much more difficult for
                                   employees to prove a violation of their rights. The records of these judicial
                                   nominees are as hostile to civil rights laws as Senator Lott’s comments were
                                   insensitive to African-Americans. How can President Bush one day criticize
                                   Senator Lott, but the next day send to the U.S. Senate judicial nominees who
                                   have repeatedly demonstrated even less sensitivity than the former Majority
                                   Leader?

                                   As a member of the United Church of Christ, I believe this is a critical issue of
                                   faith and justice. We need a federal judiciary that is concerned about the
                                   welfare of all Americans.

                                   Sincerely,

                                   scott m., SD


A-162   H. R. 440     2003.04.05   Sen. Thomas Daschle
                                   United States Senate
                                   509 Hart Senate Office Building
                                   Washington, D.C. 20510-4103

                                   Sen. Daschle:

                                   As your constituent, I respectfully request your support of S. 38, which
                                   extends space-available air travel privileges aboard military aircraft to
                                   veterans who are totally disabled (100 percent) due to service-connected
                                   conditions.

                                   Such veterans have sacrificed greatly in terms of impairment and earning
                                   capacity. Perhaps more than any other group of Americans, they have earned
                                   the privileges that Congress may provide, and should be eligible for military
                                   air travel. Because it is on a space-available basis, extension of such travel
                                   would not place any additional burden upon the administration of this
                                   program, which is already available to military retirees. I trust that you, as a
                                   member of the 107th Congress, will not forget our government&#8217;s
                                   commitment to the brave men and women who have sacrificed so much on
                                   our behalf. Please support S. 38. I look forward to hearing from you about
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                                      where you stand on this important issue.

                                      Sincerely,

                                      H. G. K.


A-163   please support   2003.04.05   Sen. Thomas Daschle
                                      United States Senate
                                      509 Hart Senate Office Building

                                      Washington, D.C. 20510-4103

                                      Sen. Daschle:

                                      As a voter and your constituent, I am writing to urge you to support S. 392.
                                      This legislation would permit retired members of the Armed Forces who have
                                      service-connected disabilities to receive disability compensation from the
                                      Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) concurrently with retired pay, without
                                      deduction from either.

                                      Current law requires that a service member's longevity retirement pay be
                                      reduced dollar-for-dollar by the amount of veterans' disability compensation
                                      the retiree receives. To deny veterans the retired pay they earned and were
                                      promised merely because they receive compensation for service-connected
                                      disabilities is a shameful injustice against those who made protection of our
                                      liberty their career and sacrificed their health for our Nation's defense. As an
                                      honorable Nation, we must keep our promise of retired pay to veterans who
                                      earned it; we must also compensate them for the disabilities they incurred in
                                      service to their country. The belief by some members of Congress that
                                      payment of both benefits concurrently represents "dual compensation" is
                                      erroneous. Eligibility for both benefits is earned under two entirely separate
                                      sets of enabling laws and regulations.

                                      It's time to change the law to eliminate the prohibition on concurrent receipt
                                      of military longevity retired pay and veterans' disability compensation.
                                      However, those in opposition to this legislation argue that its passage would
                                      pose a significant cost to the government. In response, I simply say that we
                                      must honor our commitment to those who relinquished personal liberties for a
                                      military career and endured the rigorous conditions of military service to
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                                           secure our freedoms and protect our national interests.

                                           The current 100 percent offset imposes a very discriminatory penalty,
                                           especially for those whose disability severely limits their post-service earning
                                           potential. I sincerely hope that you recognize the inequity of this prohibition
                                           of concurrent receipt of these earned benefits and take steps to eliminate the
                                           required offset. I urge you to support S. 392 and would like to know your
                                           position on this issue.

                                           Thank you for taking the time to consider my views. I look forward to your
                                           response.

                                           Sincerely,

                                           H. G. K.


A-5157   Education            2003.04.05   I have been contacted by organizations to lower my interest rate on my
                                           student loans if they had not already been consolidated. My husband and I
                                           have student loan rates at 9% and 7% respectively. Right now you can get a
                                           home loan at less than 9%. The companies say it is a federal government
                                           agreement. We had to consolidate our loans because we had at least 3 from
                                           3 different years. Can this program be expanded to reduce the interest rates
                                           on loans that are already consolidated? Between the two of us we pay @$400
                                           per month on student loans.

                                           Thank you,

                                           Christine C.


A-5350   Photograph request   2003.04.05   Hello Mr. Daschle,

                                           My name is Sean, and I am from Tennessee.

                                           Just recently, I have started getting into politics. I used to have no interest in
                                           the subject, but now I find myself constantly reading newspapers, watching
                                           the news, listening to the radio, and surfing the net looking for the latest
                                           political happenings.
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                                      I just read your latest statement on supporting the troops in the gulf, and I
                                      am very happy to see that even though you didn't support military action to
                                      begin with, that in this time of crisis you still back the men who give their lives
                                      to preserve our freedom.

                                      I know that you are a busy man, and I don't want to take up any more of your
                                      time--I do have a quick request though.

                                      Is there any way that I could get your autograph? I'd greatly appreciate it if
                                      that would be possible. Thank you so much!

                                      By the way... It is my thinking that you plan to run for President in 2008. Is
                                      that your intention?

                                      If so--best of luck, Mr. Daschle!


A-5704   Civil Service   2003.04.05   I often get an email with a picture of Senator Daschle saying The Plege of
                                      Allegiance with his left hand over nothing versus is right hand over his heart.
                                      I was wondering what the reason was since I KNOW Senator Daschle would
                                      never do anything un-American. 2 Favors...If you reply, please reply by
                                      email. Please do not put my email address on a mailing list.

                                      Thank you for taking the time to read my email and for respecting my
                                      requests.


A-5705   Agriculture     2003.04.05   Dear Mr. Daschle:

                                      I am putting together a special "Congratulations" to James Valley Ethanol that
                                      is west of Groton. The Ethanol plant will be a great benefit to our local area.

                                      I was wondering if you would like to write a letter of support and
                                      congratulations for the ethanol plant being located in our local area and in
                                      South Dakota.

                                      If you have any further questions, please e-mail me.

                                      Thanks for your consideration!
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                                               Sincerely,

                                               Paul Irvin K.
                                               Publisher
                                               Weekly Edition of the Groton Daily Independent
                                               Internet Edition of the Groton Daily Independent


A-5707   Foreign Affairs          2003.04.05   Dear Senator Daschle:

                                               As a former resident of South Dakota for fifteen years, I am well aware of
                                               your political career and have followed it since. Never have I been prouder
                                               than I have been at your recent remarks regarding the President's failures at
                                               diplomacy that have led to his war in Iraq. These comments needed to be
                                               said, and they carry particular insight coming from a person of your stature. I
                                               hope you will continue to spreak out and will do all you can to assure that
                                               President Bush does not get re-elected to a second term. I voted for him and
                                               have been very disappointed by his performance to date. As our men and
                                               women in the armed forces proceed to bring this military conflict to a
                                               successful conclusion, I hope you will continue to point out that military
                                               success in Iraq does not negate the ineptitude and personal agendas that
                                               caused the United States to take the actions that it has to get us into the war
                                               in the first place. Keep up the good work. You do South Dakota proud. We
                                               need you to keep speaking out in spite of partisans using faux patriotism to
                                               silence you,

                                               Sincerely,

                                               J.R. F.


A-5708   Please support bill to   2003.04.05   Sen. Thomas Daschle
         correct Postal                        United States Senate
         Service CSRS                          509 Hart Senate Office Building
         overfunding                           Washington, D.C. 20510-4103

                                               Dear Sen. Daschle:

                                               I am writing to express my support for HR 735 (and its Senate companion bill
                                               S 380). This legislation, which was proposed by the Office of Personnel
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                                             Management, will correct the statutory funding mechanism for payment by the
                                             United States Postal Service into the Civil Service Retirement System. In a
                                             recent audit, both OPM and the General Accounting Office discovered that the
                                             Postal Service has been overpaying its CSRS obligations, due primarily to
                                             higher than expected yields on pension investments. This overpayment -
                                             which will grow to more than $70 billion if the law is unchanged - is both
                                             unnecessary and unfair, and threatens the long-term economic viability of the
                                             Postal Service. If the problem is corrected, however, the Postal Service would
                                             be able to stabilize postal rates until 2006, and would be able to use the
                                             savings resulting from the corrected retirement funding formula to fully fund
                                             its retirement obligations, and to help pay down its debt. HR 735 is sponsored
                                             by Representatives John McHugh (R-NY), Tom Davis (R-VA), Henry Waxman
                                             (D-CA) and Danny Davis (D-IL) in the House and S 380, was introduced by
                                             Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Tom Carper (D-DE) and Sam Brownback (R-
                                             KS). Again, I ask for your support of HR 735 and S 380.

                                             Sincerely,

                                             Harold J. D., SD


A-5709   Defense and Military   2003.04.05   I would like a count of dead and wounded in Iraq. And, please, break it down
                                             into Iraqi inflicted casualties and U.S. military incompetence inflicted
                                             casualties i.e. plane crashes, friendly fire etc. Where would I find such
                                             numbers? Thank you.

                                             Dan B.


A-5710   Defense and Military   2003.04.05   I saw this article on the web yesterday and wanted to make sure you see it.
                                             Posted on Fri, Apr. 04, 2003 Army chaplain offers baptisms, baths

                                             BY MEG LAUGHLIN

                                             CAMP BUSHMASTER, Iraq - In this dry desert world near Najaf, where the
                                             Army V Corps combat support system sprawls across miles of scabrous dust,
                                             there's an oasis of sorts: a 500-gallon pool of pristine, cool water.

                                             It belongs to Army chaplain Josh Llano of Houston, who sees the water
                                             shortage, which has kept thousands of filthy soldiers from bathing for weeks,
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                               as an opportunity.

                               ''It's simple. They want water. I have it, as long as they agree to get
                               baptized,'' he said.

                               And agree they do. Every day, soldiers take the plunge for the Lord and come
                               up clean for the first time in weeks.''

                               They do appear physically and spiritually cleansed,'' Llano said.

                               First, though, the soldiers have to go to one of Llano's hour-and-a-half
                               sermons in his dirt-floor tent. Then the baptism takes an hour of quoting from
                               the Bible.

                               ''Regardless of their motives,'' Llano said, ``I get the chance to take them
                               closer to the Lord.''

                               A blue-eyed 32-year-old with an abundance of energy, Llano goes out every
                               day to drum up grimy soldiers for his pool.

                               He talks to truck drivers, tank drivers, computer specialists -- anyone and
                               everyone. He goes out to the combat zone to the fighting soldiers and the
                               combat support soldiers who keep them in supplies.'

                               'You have to be aggressive to help people find themselves in God,'' he said.

                               He calls himself a ''Southern Baptist evangelist,'' and justifies the war and
                               killing with a verse from the Gospel of Matthew, which he often recites:
                               ``Give unto Caesar the things that are Caesar's and unto God the things that
                               are God's.'

                               'This means we are called upon by our government to fight and that is giving
                               unto Caesar, as the Bible tells us,'' he said.

                               Earlier this week, word went out that portable showers might be installed here
                               soon, but Llano was undaunted.

                               ''There is no fruit out here, and I have a stash of raisins, juice boxes and fruit
                               rolls to pull out,'' the chaplain said optimistically.
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                                             Does ANYONE see a problem (or several) with this?


A-5711   Let the Senate Vote,   2003.04.05   Sen. Thomas Daschle
         on the House's Tax                  United States Senate
         Cut Bills.                          509 Hart Senate Office Building
                                             Washington, D.C. 20510-4103

                                             Mr Senator Daschle,

                                             My Name is Tracy S., I am married, and we make a combined income of
                                             around $25,000 a year. I believe this places us squarely in the lower middle
                                             class, and I just want to let you know, that cutting taxes, helps the poor
                                             people too. As you know The House recently passed several bills that would
                                             speed up the time table on parts of Bushes Tax cut from 2010 to 2003, I think
                                             you should let the Senate Vote on these bills. I want the Bills to pass. And I'm
                                             one of your constituents. So certainly you should let the Senate at least vote
                                             on all of the following House Proposals.

                                             Immediately drop each of the top four individual income tax rates to the levels
                                             currently scheduled to be in place in 2010. (I'm not rich -- not by any
                                             monetary means. But someday through Hard Work, and ingenuity, perhaps I
                                             could become rich someday, but that's difficult when every time I move up in
                                             the tax bracket a bigger chunk of my money is taken away. Plus if rich people
                                             keep more of their money, they buy more things, this help to create jobs.)

                                             Immediately increase the child tax credit to $1,000 per child, the level
                                             scheduled to be in effect in 2010. (Mr Senator, my wife and I don't have kids
                                             yet, but perhaps we'd be able to afford to have kids if their were a bigger
                                             Child Tax Credit. We are responsible Americans -- Waiting to have kids until
                                             we can afford to care for them properly.)

                                             Immediately expand the 15 percent tax bracket for married couples filing
                                             jointly to twice the size of the 15 percent bracket for single filers, and
                                             immediately increase the size of the standard deduction for married couples
                                             filing jointly to exactly double that available for single filers. These two
                                             provisions would eliminate the marriage penalty currently incurred by many
                                             couples. (This would help us greatly now. 2nd, My Wife and I shouldn't be
                                             penalized because we're being responsible adults, and waiting to get married
                                             so any child we have will have a stable home.)
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                               Immediately increase the width of the 10 percent income tax bracket to
                               $14,000 of income for married couples filing jointly and $7,000 for single
                               taxpayers. It would also index the 10 percent tax bracket for inflation
                               beginning immediately. (This wouldn't immediately help me. But it seems like
                               it would make it easier for people in poverty to get out of it, if they were able
                               to make more money before they got pushed up into the next tax bracket.)

                               1. Lower taxes will boost the economy.
                               2. The Government doesn't use the money it already has wisely.
                               3. It's a front to Democracy to not allow the entire Senate to vote.

                               Their are a number of reasons why lowering taxes is a good thing. First of all,
                               if corporations weren't taxed so much, they'd be able to sell their products to
                               the general public at much cheeper prices. Everybody would then save money
                               purchasing basic goods and services, and would perhaps purchase more
                               goods, or even more luxury type items. If people purchase more goods and
                               services then they normally do because prices are cheeper, it will actually
                               make businesses more profitable, and so you'll have more income to tax, with
                               that lower tax. Who knows. Perhaps the income to the federal government
                               won't shrink at all? A 5% tax on $200 is the same amount to the government
                               as 10% tax on $100. There is history to back this. When Kennedy lowered
                               taxes, the economy boomed. When Reagan lowered taxes the government
                               doubled it's budget. If the government just hadn't tripled it's expenditures,
                               we'd all be in good shape now.2nd: if personal income tax were lowered,
                               people would be more likely to work hard (because they get to keep more of
                               their money.) and people would spend more money, again boosting business
                               incomes. Because their's more people purchasing stuff, employers would need
                               to employ more people, so you'd increase the number of taxpaying citizens,
                               and the income of those citizens. Again, a smaller tax on more income.

                               One reason I believe you are misguided Mr. Senator is because you don't see
                               all the implications. Lower taxes, would eventually mean higher amounts of
                               income and revenue for you to tax. You wouldn't loose all of that money you
                               think the government will loose. You would just loose some.

                               My 2nd point. Why does the government give continuous grant money to
                               huge, already profitable corporations like McDonalds, IBM, Campbells, and
                               General Motors. If you're worried about a budget deficit, why not just cut
                               costs and get rid of this. Fascism has been defined as, "The government
                               choosing who wins and looses, instead of letting the market decide." If
                               McDonalds can make a profit selling burgers overseas, let make that profits
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                               with-out an annual salary from the American taxpayers. I'm sure McDonalds
                               would be more then happy to just keep the money it already has instead of
                               paying the government taxes and then getting it back. It's been estimated
                               that only about 30% of money paid too the government, actually gets to the
                               people the money is supposed to help, because the government needs to pay
                               all those people in between. So instead of having high corporate taxes on
                               McDonalds, and then Giving it back a small percentage of that Tax in the form
                               of government grants, why not just cut taxes for everybody straight across
                               the board. This will increase competition in the marketplace, and make it
                               easier for start up companies to make it, because their small profit margins
                               won't be eaten up. Why did the federal Government Give airlines $15 Billion
                               Dollars last year -- And now the Airlines are having more trouble, and they're
                               asking for money again. Why did you give $7.5 Billion to the insurance
                               industry. If they're having trouble, tell them to cut costs, and let them
                               compete with each other like every other legitimate business needs to do.
                               Stop subsidizing AmTrak with $2 Billion a year Stop subsidizing The American
                               Society of Travel Agent Services, General Electric, Ernest & Gallo Winery
                               (Their are many people in this country who don't believe in drinking. It's
                               against their religion. It's not fair to those people to use their tax money to
                               help fund a winery), and the California Raisin Board. There are 100 corporate
                               welfare programs that cost us, the taxpayers, over $81 Billion annually and
                               yet you say government can't afford to speed up a paltry tax cut that's
                               already law, from 2010 to 2003. Lower taxes, and less government welfare,
                               will improve competition so you won't have to spend Even more money
                               braking up monopolies with AntiTrust lawsuits.

                               Why do we keep giving over $61 Billion in Farm Subsidies every year. Why
                               don't we make them figure out how to make a profitable business on their
                               own through the use of, ingenuity, hard work, and technology. The Democrats
                               are continually talking about equalizing the distribution of wealth. So why do
                               billionaires like Ted Turner, David Rockefeller, And other rich people, get
                               several hundred thousand dollars a year just because they were rich enough
                               to purchase farmland. Democrats constantly claim that Tax cuts only make
                               rich people richer. Well, then lets stop giving rich people more money to make
                               them richer, let them get richer on their own, and cut everyone's taxes. Their.
                               An easy way for you to save 61 Billion Dollars. (And I'm sure Representative
                               Doug Ose (R-Cal), former Senator Bob Dole and BasketBall Great Scotty
                               Pippen wouldn't mind not getting their 5 year $100,000 dollar grant, if it
                               meant they could keep more of the other money they make. Now you have
                               funds to make a 60 Billion Dollar Tax Cut! (BTW. What happened to the
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                               Freedom Farm Bill of 1996?)

                               Mr. Senator, this government doesn't have a budget crises. It has a spending
                               crisis. If the government is truly running out of money. Let's make cuts from
                               the $81 Billion spent of Corporate Welfare, or the $61 Billion spent of Farm
                               Subsidies.

                               Farm Subsidies also hurt developing countries. Agriculture is a poor country's
                               start to improving it's economy. But it can't trade with the US, because we put
                               artificial Price controls and subsidizing farmers profits. We keep giving billions
                               of dollars in Aid to many third world countries. Even Afghanistan until
                               recently! But most of that money only ever gets seen by dictatorial
                               governments, and never helps the people of those countries anyway. We can
                               help these country's more by instead of giving them foreign welfare, give
                               them the chance to compete fairly with American Farmers (You do believe in
                               fairness right, Mr Senator? ) How about we decrease both Farm Subsidies, and
                               Foreign Welfare. It would sure be a cheeper way for us to help out developing
                               countries. And it would be cheeper for us too!

                               Also, why do you continually say we don't have money for tax cuts, while at
                               the same time you raise your own wage. Mr. Senator, you weren't elected, so
                               you could raise your pay another $5,000, over and above the already close to
                               $200,000 that you already make annually. You were elected as a public
                               servant to work for South Dakotans. Well, South Dakotans, want lower federal
                               taxes, (Or at least I do). The Democratic Party talks about how they want to
                               more equalize the distribution of wealth. Well, Instead of making yourselves
                               richer, why don't you cut our taxes. Don't talk about making sacrifices for the
                               war effort, if your not willing to do the same.

                               My Third point: If the House passed these bills that increase the speed of
                               Bush's proposed tax cuts from 2010 to 2003. I think it's only fair you let the
                               Senate at least vote on it. I wouldn't be a patriotic believer in Democracy if I
                               didn't think that you not letting the Senate Vote on these speed-ups was
                               wrong. All of the States should be able to have their say in the Senate. Not
                               just the state who holds the senate majority leader.

                               South Dakotans want lower taxes Let's lower them now.

                               Your Patriotic Constituent
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A-5714   Communications      2003.04.05   Dear Senator Daschle,

                                          I have been increasingly disturbed by the changes that I see in the media of
                                          this country. To that effect, I now regularly make it a practice to read
                                          international newspapers regularly in an attempt to see what is happening in
                                          the world, since our media no longer covers the world news. I have been
                                          increasingly appalled by the deterioration of journalistic ethics that I see
                                          everywhere in our media. So any very important stories are not even covered
                                          because they might not be "sexy" or have a "different" point of view, or may
                                          affect the profits of a parent organization. The deterioration of free speech
                                          and news coverage contributes to an ignorant public that does not participate
                                          in politics. And we see more people accused of not being "patriotic" for
                                          expressing their views. To that end I sent this statement to the FCC today.
                                          The FCC was created to protect the public's interest for the public's airwaves.
                                          The original rules that limited media ownership were promulgated to insure
                                          diversity of opinion.

                                          Allowing the public airwaves to be consolidated under a few large corporate
                                          umbrellas will inevitably consolidate opinion & points of view.

                                          I do NOT and never will believe that fewer points of view will be good for a
                                          free press or a free people.

                                          I believe that by succumbing to the blandishments of large media corporations
                                          to change the rules of ownership, the FCC would be not only violating its
                                          charter to protect the public's interest but will also harm the public good.

                                          Your Confirmation Number is: [redacted]
                                          Date Received: Mon, Apr 7, 2003
                                          Docket: [redacted]

                                          Kim R. A.


B-1095   April Is Sexual     2003.04.05   Sen. Daschle:
         Assault Awareness
         Month                            Please join a bipartisan group of your colleagues in sponsoring S.J.Res. 8,
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                                       officially declaring April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month. While we all
                                       share the goal of eliminating domestic and sexual violence, assault and rape,
                                       as well as child abuse and incest, we must start with an awareness campaign
                                       which will eventually lead to prevention. Dedicating April as the month to
                                       discuss how we can better serve the victims of sexual violence while at the
                                       same time banding together to STOP THE VIOLENCE couldn't be a better use
                                       of our time. Our nation has just witnessed - through media stories and
                                       Congressional hearings about the Air Force Academy - what happens when we
                                       ignore or downplay sexual assaults and rape. If you have already signed onto
                                       this Resolution, thank you so much. If you would like to be a sponsor or need
                                       more information, please contact Jana Novak in Senator Brownback's office,
                                       (202) 224-6521. Thank you for your support for this resolution and for any
                                       and all efforts to prevent sexual and domestic violence.

                                       Sincerely,

                                       Sue W. W., SD


B-1124   Communications   2003.04.05   RE: Senate Bill 537

                                       Dear Senator Daschle,

                                       I am writing to encourage you to become a co-sponsor of the Amateur Radio
                                       Spectrum Protection Act, Senate Bill 537. Amateur Radio plays an important
                                       role in emergency communications, in radio technology development, and in
                                       International goodwill. Yet the spectrum allocated for the Amateur Service is
                                       under constant attack from private interests. This bill will protect this
                                       spectrum in a fair and reasonable manner for future generations.


A-594    Case Work        2003.04.06   There are three issues that greatly concern me right now:

                                       1. The support for the troops cheers we hear right not must not degenerate
                                       into empty rhetoric. It's time to increase funding for VA health care; pay all
                                       military retirees their full earned pension and their full deserved disability
                                       compensation concurrently; for military retirees and their families, Tri-Care
                                       Standard must pay enough to be more widely accepted in the civilian health
                                       care community (Personal example: I'm a military retiree and my wife has
                                       cancer. Here in Mitchell, SD, Tri-Care Standard--CHAMPUS--is not widely
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                                     accepted. Even though Tri-Care has an out-of-pocket expense cap of $3,000
                                     annually, I will still pay nearly $6,000 out of pocket this year for my wife's
                                     care. We're considering moving out of South Dakota where she can get her
                                     medical care at a major military hospital.).

                                     2. As important as military training is, the Department of Defense must not
                                     be exempted from environmental laws. They can train effectively and still be
                                     responsible stewards of the environment.

                                     3. As Congress considers funding for the Corporation for National and
                                     Community Sservice, we must not violate fair employment practices in the
                                     process. No organization that gets federal funding of any kind should be
                                     allowed to discriminate in hiring based upon religious beliefs, etc.

                                     Thank you.


A-5703   Health Story   2003.04.06   Dear Senator Daschle,

                                     Democratic Leader of the U.S. Senate -- My mother resides in the nursing
                                     home in Flandreau, S.D. She is not on Medicaid (not yet at least) like many
                                     residents there, but pays her own way through a combination of resources,
                                     including self-paid long-term care insurance and extensive financial assitance
                                     from her family, totaling about $12,000 a year. (most of our family lives in
                                     the Flandrea-Egan area). She is paying betwen $7,000 and *$8,000 a yea
                                     out-of-pocket for prescription drugs, plus the Riverview nursing home recently
                                     raised her daily room rate by about $12.00 (some $4,500 a year). At the
                                     same time, the nursing home disclosed in s letter to our family that state
                                     Medicaidr reimbursements are falling more than $18 short every day for each
                                     of its Medicaid residents. So my mother, by paying her full way, is indirectly
                                     subsidizing the Medicid residents at the nursing home. My mother and her
                                     family cannot afford her $7,000-$8,000 a yea! r for prescription drugs and
                                     now a 12% increase in her daily room rate (her room at this modest nursing
                                     home now costs well over $100 a day). We urgently need a precription drug
                                     benefit under Medicare such as the one you support -- and the federal
                                     government must help out the many states that are coping with massive
                                     budget deficits, and, as a result, are underfunding Medicaid reimbursements
                                     for indigent nursing home residents. Thank you much for your suppaort on
                                     these all-important issues. A nation that can find billions of dollars to fight a
                                     questionable war should also be able to help out its oldest and poorest
                                     citizens. As a native of South Dakota, s 1971 graduate of SDSU and an
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                                     activist Democrat, I have followed your remarkable political career with a
                                     great deal of admiration and pride -- a long, long way from handing out
                                     George McGovern materials in front of the old Pugsley Student Union at
                                     SDSU. Thank you for your steady amd outstanding leadership for South
                                     Dakota and our entire nation.


B-355    school lunch   2003.04.06   Dear Sen. Daschle:

                                     Child nutrition programs play a vital role in American schools. Research
                                     shows that children who eat a nutritious school breakfast and lunch perform
                                     better academically than children who do not. Please support full funding of
                                     child nutrition programs at the level requested by President Bush in his 2004
                                     budget proposal. Any funding cuts to these programs will be devastating to
                                     the 28 million children served by the federal child nutrition programs.

                                     Sincerely,

                                     chuck p., SD


B-1260   Environment    2003.04.06   Dear Senator Daschle,

                                     Don't take away the rights of victims of medical malpractice to give a break to
                                     insurance companies. I trust juries to make the right decisions rather than
                                     trusting a one-size-fits-all solution from Washington.

                                     Caps and other limits on the rights of those injured by medical malpractice
                                     haven't reduced doctors' rates anywhere. In Nevada, rates have nearly
                                     doubled for some doctors since they passed a cap less than one year ago.
                                     According to the New York Times, California's medical malpractice insurance
                                     rates are totally unrelated to claims. Don't limit patients' rights. It won't help
                                     doctors. It will help insurers. But it will hurt your constituents.

                                     Sincerely,

                                     Grace G., SD


B-2113   H.R. 1350      2003.04.06   Sen. Thomas Daschle
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                               United States Senate
                               509 Hart Senate Office Building
                               Washington, D.C. 20510-4103

                               Dear Sen. Daschle:

                               I am writing to express my views on H.R. 1350, the "Improving Education
                               Results for Children with Disabilities Act of 2003". This bill, introduced on
                               March 19th, involves significant changes to the existing Individuals with
                               Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and requires time for thorough review and
                               debate. This bill should not progress in Committee until the families and
                               advocates of the more than 6 million children with disabilities who rely on
                               IDEA have had ample time to review and communicate with their legislators.
                               In addition, I would like to voice my CONCERN for the following CHANGES to
                               the existing IDEA now being proposed in H.R. 1350:-Making significant
                               changes to the Individualized Education Program (IEP) provisions, including:
                               the elimination of short-term objectives (or benchmarks); the proposal for
                               optional multi-year IEPs, the requirement that testing accommodations be
                               "reasonable" and "appropriate"; the new limitations regarding participation of
                               general education teachers in the IEP process.-Allowing IDEA funds to be used
                               for new pre-referral programs (15 percent) combined with 20 percent of funds
                               for other general education activities (totaling 35 percent) while NOT requiring
                               that IDEA funding be mandatory instead of discretionary. -Eliminating the
                               research priority designed to benefit children with high-incidence disabilities,
                               such as children with specific learning disabilities (LD). -Eliminating
                               Community Parent Resource Centers that have been established to specifically
                               address the needs of underserved parents of children with disabilities,
                               including low-income parents, parents of children with limited English
                               proficiency, and parents with disabilities.-Preventing organizations that serve
                               as Parent Training and Information Centers from engaging in any type of
                               lobbying activities with the Federal Government using private funds.-
                               Weakening the rights of students with disabilities involved in disciplinary
                               procedures.

                               I would like to express SUPPORT for the following NEW provisions in H.R. 1350
                               pertaining to the identification of students as having a specific learning
                               disability (LD) and needing specialized services:-Eliminating the need for
                               students to exhibit a severe discrepancy between ability and achievement in
                               order to be found eligible for IDEA services under the LD category.-Allowing
                               school districts to use a process that utilizes "research-based intervention" to
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                                        identify students with LD.

                                        These new provisions will allow struggling students to get help earlier, when it
                                        can be most effective. Thank you for considering my views on this critical
                                        legislation.

                                        Sincerely,

                                        Mary B., School Psychologist, SD


B-2122   Public Welfare    2003.04.06   I have only been gone from South Dakota a year and the political name calling
                                        by some polarizing groups are getting worse. I applaud your efforts on every
                                        issue you take up. The latest with the foreign policy of the present
                                        administration. It is very sad we have leadership in which many years of
                                        diplomacy has been hurt.

                                        I read Judy Olson's letter in the Rapid City Journal on Sunday the 6th of
                                        April....Right on!

                                        Thanks very much Senator Daschle,

                                        Ron B.-Still my heart is in South Dakota.


A-356    Judicial Issues   2003.04.07   Senator Daschle:

                                        The Ameber Alert bill will be in conference committee tomorrow. The Feeney
                                        Amendment is attached to it. My understanding is that Sen. Orrin Hatch will
                                        be chairing the meeting. The Feeney Amendment is an atrocious bill. It
                                        essentially strips the district judges from exercising the traditional types of
                                        discretion in sentencing an individual. As you are aware, the Feeney bill
                                        would require that the government file a motion to allow the court to exericse
                                        its discretion and make a downward departure if the evidence so supported.
                                        It appears to be nothing more than an attempt to consolidate as much power
                                        in the administrative branch as possible, at a time when the vast majority of
                                        the people are behind the government because of their support of our troops
                                        in the war. It is hardly coincidental that the amendment has been presented
                                        at this time. It is imperative that the judicial experience that we have
                                        developed over a couple of centuries be kept in place. Judges have been
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                                          trusted to make appropriate sentencing decisions. Although the Federal
                                          Sentencing Guidelines have limited that discretion, at least the theory behind
                                          the guidelines of eliminating discrimination in sentencing is commendable.
                                          There is nothing commendable about the Feeney amendment. It is nothing
                                          more than an attempt to usurp more power for the administrative branch.
                                          Please convince Sen Hatch that this amendment s not only not necessary, it
                                          will negatively impact the judicial system as it exists today.

                                          john s.


A-367   Concurrent Receipt   2003.04.07   Sen. Thomas Daschle
        for ALL disabled                  United States Senate
        veterans                          509 Hart Senate Office Building
                                          Washington, D.C. 20510-4103

                                          Sen. Daschle:

                                          As a voter and your constituent, I am writing to urge you to support S. 392.
                                          This legislation would permit retired members of the Armed Forces who have
                                          service-connected disabilities to receive disability compensation from the
                                          Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) concurrently with retired pay, without
                                          deduction from either. Current law requires that a service member's longevity
                                          retirement pay be reduced dollar-for-dollar by the amount of veterans'
                                          disability compensation the retiree receives. To deny veterans the retired pay
                                          they earned and were promised merely because they receive compensation
                                          for service-connected disabilities is a shameful injustice against those who
                                          made protection of our liberty their career and sacrificed their health for our
                                          Nation's defense. As an honorable Nation, we must keep our promise of
                                          retired pay to veterans who earned it; we must also compensate them for the
                                          disabilities they incurred in service to their country. The belief by some
                                          members of Congress that payment of both benefits concurrently represents
                                          "dual compensation" is erroneous. Eligibility for both benefits is earned under
                                          two entirely separate sets of enabling laws and regulations. It's time to
                                          change the law to eliminate the prohibition on concurrent receipt of military
                                          longevity retired pay and veterans' disability compensation. However, those
                                          in opposition to this legislation argue that its passage would pose a significant
                                          cost to the government. In response, I simply say that we must honor our
                                          commitment to those who relinquished personal liberties for a military career
                                          and endured the rigorous conditions of military service to secure our freedoms
                                          and protect our national interests. The current 100 percent offset imposes a
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                                    very discriminatory penalty, especially for those whose disability severely
                                    limits their post-service earning potential. I sincerely hope that you recognize
                                    the inequity of this prohibition of concurrent receipt of these earned benefits
                                    and take steps to eliminate the required offset. I urge you to support S. 392
                                    and would like to know your position on this issue.

                                    Thank you for taking the time to consider my views. I look forward to your
                                    response.

                                    Sincerely,

                                    Steve H.


A-5137   Case Work     2003.04.07   Dear Senator

                                    Please do more than your part to ensure that our "allies"

                                    France, Germany & Russia are not involved with the post-war reconstruction
                                    effort in Iraq.

                                    Regards,

                                    Dan K.


A-5699   Case Work     2003.04.07   Dear Senator Daschle,

                                    I am stationed at Wright Patterson AFB and have just been approved for
                                    leave. I realize this is short notice. Are there any tours that you or your staff
                                    may be able to arrange, Capital, Senate Gallery, White House, Library of
                                    Congress or others? I will be visiting the DC area from 22-26 Apr with my
                                    family, wife and 5 children. I have been in the military for 19 years. We
                                    have been homeshooling for 14 years and believe this will be an excellent
                                    educational opportunity. Any assistance will be greatly appreciated. We also
                                    look forward to the possibility of stopping by your office.

                                    Sincerely,

                                    Anthony D. H., MSgt, USAF
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                                          South Dakotan for life.


A-5700   Health Care Costs   2003.04.07   In February, we had to rush our daughter to the Emergency room at Rapid
                                          City Regional Hospital. She was then admitted to the hospital because she
                                          had pneumonia. We have insurance through Blue Cross Blue Shield.

                                          I just recently found out that the Emergency Room physicians who contract
                                          their services with Regional Hospital are not participating providers for Blue
                                          Cross Blue Shield.

                                          When I called the Patient Accounts Dept. at the Hospital to ask why, I was
                                          told these physicians are not participating providers for Medicare, Tricare, or
                                          any major insurance plan other than Western Health, which is an insurance
                                          plan administered and owned by the Hospital.

                                          They are the only Emergency Room physicians in the area. If you have a
                                          health emergency, you have to go to these Emergency physicians.

                                          On my claim form from Blue Cross Blue Shield, I was told to choose a
                                          participating provider.

                                          Well, I can't because I don't have a choice when it comes to Emergency Room
                                          physicians. When I spoke to the Patient Accounts Dept. to complain, they
                                          explained there was nothing they could do because these physicians contract
                                          with the hospital. This is one of the reasons why health care costs are so
                                          expensive. These physicians can charge whatever they want.

                                          There should be some cost control measures.

                                          We have a fairly high deductible on our insurance which means we are going
                                          to pay for these charges out of our own pocket. Is there anything you can do
                                          to solve this problem?

                                          There should be some way to negotiate with these physicians so they become
                                          participating providers for Blue Cross Blue Shield or Medicare.


A-5701   Health Care Costs   2003.04.07   In February, we had to rush our daughter to the Emergency room at Rapid
                                          City Regional Hospital. She was then admitted to the hospital because she
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                                           had pneumonia. We have insurance through Blue Cross Blue Shield.

                                           I just recently found out that the Emergency Room physicians who contract
                                           their services with Regional Hospital are not participating providers for Blue
                                           Cross Blue Shield.

                                           When I called the Patient Accounts Dept. at the Hospital to ask why, I was
                                           told these physicians are not participating providers for Medicare, Tricare, or
                                           any major insurance plan other than Western Health, which is an insurance
                                           plan administered and owned by the Hospital.

                                           They are the only Emergency Room physicians in the area. If you have a
                                           health emergency, you have to go to these Emergency physicians.

                                           On my claim form from Blue Cross Blue Shield, I was told to choose a
                                           participating provider.

                                           Well, I can't because I don't have a choice when it comes to Emergency Room
                                           physicians. When I spoke to the Patient Accounts Dept. to complain, they
                                           explained there was nothing they could do because these physicians contract
                                           with the hospital. This is one of the reasons why health care costs are so
                                           expensive. These physicians can charge whatever they want.

                                           There should be some cost control measures.

                                           We have a fairly high deductible on our insurance which means we are going
                                           to pay for these charges out of our own pocket. Is there anything you can do
                                           to solve this problem?

                                           There should be some way to negotiate with these physicians so they become
                                           participating providers for Blue Cross Blue Shield or Medicare.


A-5702   Government Affairs   2003.04.07   recently i have gotten several forwarded pictures of you saluting the flag with
                                           the wrong hand. i understand that this is a fake picture and was hoping for a
                                           page on your website to forward to my republican friends to make them shut
                                           up. i cannot find such a page. could you direct me to where it is?

                                           Thanks
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                                        chris


A-5755   Judicial Issues   2003.04.07   My name is Rolland G. I am having an issue with child support. I had a 40,000
                                        a year job last year, and was paying $596 a month child support. I was laid
                                        off my job in August, and was on unemployment for 3 months. I found a job
                                        in November, but it pays about 60% of what I was getting. While on
                                        unemployment I figured the child support on the unemployment insurance the
                                        best I could, because Child Enforcement would not assign a referee to my
                                        case until I found another job. Now I am being told I have to make up the
                                        difference in the support payments, and still no referee for the unemployment
                                        period. I feel the period of unemployment should be prorated according to my
                                        low income at the time. I have expressed this opinion to Wanda F. on the
                                        Department of Social Services in Sioux Falls. She has not attempted to talk to
                                        me, but the customer service department informed me that it is a state law
                                        that child support will continue through the unemployed period at full! rate.
                                        This does not seem fair as a person cannot live on even the maximum
                                        unemployment, and even now that I am working. it is difficult to make
                                        payments since my wages are not what they used to be. The state says my
                                        arrearages are over $900. Is there anything that can be done? If that is the
                                        law, I feel the law is wrong and should be changed.


A-5756   Support Pension   2003.04.07   Sen. Thomas Daschle
         Protections!                   United States Senate
                                        509 Hart Senate Office Building
                                        Washington, D.C. 20510-4103

                                        Sen. Daschle:

                                        The Treasury Department is currently considering regulations for cash balance
                                        pensions that could harm older and long-term employees. Many older
                                        Americans will receive lower benefits from the new cash balance plan and
                                        some employees will stop earning any new benefits for a while.

                                        Employers who convert to cash balance plans should be required to protect
                                        their older employees from harm by grandfathering them into the old defined
                                        benefit plan or providing other transition assistance. The Treasury regulations
                                        should include such protections. I urge you to support protections for older
                                        workers and ensure that laws prohibiting age discrimination in pensions are
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                                       upheld.

                                       Sincerely,

                                       Wendy C., SD


A-5757   Public Welfare   2003.04.07   Dear Senator Thomas A. Daschle:

                                       I am contacting my members of Congress regarding an issue of concern to
                                       me.

                                       Senator Daschle,

                                       This may be crude, but how terrible is must be for you, and many Democrats,
                                       that the war in Iraq is going well for the U.S. Also, the stock market seems
                                       on the verge of going higher. These events which are lifting America up are
                                       not what you want to see, I believe. The worse it is, the better for you to rip
                                       the Bush administration. This is a sad commentary on politics in the USA, but
                                       it seems true. Wouldn't it be great if you all just supported each other for the
                                       good of America instead of playing idiotic political games? Unfortunately, that
                                       may never come to pass with people like you in power.

                                       Sincerely,

                                       Frederick L., SD


A-5758   Education        2003.04.07   we are updating our resource directory and would like to include: Address,
                                       phone number, fax number, toll free number of Sioux Falls office and current
                                       email address if changed. The email address that we have listed is
                                       tom_daschle@daschle.senate.gov

                                       Thank you for your assistance.


A-5759   Culture          2003.04.07   Dear Senator Daschle,

                                       I am writing to plea with you. The live millions of innocent babies are at risk
                                       for termination. It is a scientific fact that at the moment of conception human
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                                             life begins. It is well known that the DNA of a unique human being exists at
                                             the moment of conception. If you feel that killing human beings is
                                             appropriate, support abortion; however, if you value human life then you
                                             should make a valient stand against abortion and other legislation against
                                             life. Thank you for your time. I would appreciate a reply to my comments.
                                             Thank you.

                                             Brian S.


A-5760   Defense and Military   2003.04.07   Senator Daschle,

                                             I am a Daschle Democrat, I worked out in DC and support you and think you
                                             are doing a good job. I want you to be my Senator for longer than the next
                                             two years so you need to quit putting your foot in your mouth. I am
                                             constantly having to defend you to people over your comments on the war. I
                                             have a brother and a cousin in the military and as you are a veteran yourself
                                             you need to support the troops without criticizing why they are there. Keep up
                                             the good work and watch your comments, you have an election to worry
                                             about against most likely that jackass Thune and I really don't want him to be
                                             my Senator.

                                             Thanks,

                                             Jared H.


A-5761   Government Affairs     2003.04.07   Mr Daschle,

                                             I believe it is time for you to step down from your office. You are suppose to
                                             support the people of South Dakota however YOU ARE FAILING MISERBLY at
                                             YOUR JOB! Your veiw on Taxes, Abortion, Iraq, and the President of the
                                             United States during war make it my mission to switch any person that
                                             supports you to vote for anyone else.

                                             Mike


B-627    H.R. 1350              2003.04.07   Dear Sen. Daschle:
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                               I am writing to express my views on H.R. 1350, the "Improving Education
                               Results for Children with Disabilities Act of 2003". This bill, introduced on
                               March 19th, involves significant changes to the existing Individuals with
                               Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and requires time for thorough review and
                               debate. This bill should not progress in Committee until the families and
                               advocates of the more than 6 million children with disabilities who rely on
                               IDEA have had ample time to review and communicate with their legislators.
                               In addition, I would like to voice my CONCERN for the following CHANGES to
                               the existing IDEA now being proposed in H.R. 1350:-Making significant
                               changes to the Individualized Education Program (IEP) provisions, including:
                               the elimination of short-term objectives (or benchmarks); the proposal for
                               optional multi-year IEPs, the requirement that testing accommodations be
                               "reasonable" and "appropriate"; the new limitations regarding participation of
                               general education teachers in the IEP process.-Allowing IDEA funds to be used
                               for new pre-referral programs (15 percent) combined with 20 percent of funds
                               for other general education activities (totaling 35 percent) while NOT requiring
                               that IDEA funding be mandatory instead of discretionary. -Eliminating the
                               research priority designed to benefit children with high-incidence disabilities,
                               such as children with specific learning disabilities (LD). -Eliminating
                               Community Parent Resource Centers that have been established to specifically
                               address the needs of underserved parents of children with disabilities,
                               including low-income parents, parents of children with limited English
                               proficiency, and parents with disabilities.-Preventing organizations that serve
                               as Parent Training and Information Centers from engaging in any type of
                               lobbying activities with the Federal Government using private funds.-
                               Weakening the rights of students with disabilities involved in disciplinary
                               procedures.

                               I would like to express SUPPORT for the following NEW provisions in H.R.
                               1350 pertaining to the identification of students as having a specific learning
                               disability (LD) and needing specialized services:-Eliminating the need for
                               students to exhibit a severe discrepancy between ability and achievement in
                               order to be found eligible for IDEA services under the LD category.-Allowing
                               school districts to use a process that utilizes "research-based intervention" to
                               identify students with LD.

                               These new provisions will allow struggling students to get help earlier, when it
                               can be most effective. Thank you for considering my views on this critical
                               legislation.
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                                   Sincerely,

                                   Mindy L. B., SD


A-102   Tax           2003.04.08   Senator Daschle:

                                   Is this true? Senators don't pay into social security, and retire at 100% of
                                   what they were making while working? Pat C.

                                   2004 issue

                                   Since many of us have paid into FICA for years and are now receiving a Social
                                   Security check every month -- and then finding that we are getting taxed on
                                   85% of the money we paid to the federal government to "put away," you may
                                   be interested in the following:

                                   Q: Which party took Social Security from an independent fund and put it in
                                   the general fund so that Congress could spend it?
                                    A: It was Lyndon Johnson and the Democratic-controlled House and Senate.

                                   Q: Which party put a tax on Social Security?
                                   A: The Democratic party.

                                   Q: Which party increased the tax on Social Security?
                                   A: The Democratic Party with Al Gore casting the deciding vote.

                                   Q: Which party decided to give money to immigrants?
                                   A: That's right, immigrants moved into this country and at 65 got SSI Social
                                   Security. The Democratic Party gave that to them although they never paid a
                                   dime into it.

                                   Then, after doing all this, the Democrats turn around and tell you the
                                   Republicans want to take your Social Security.

                                   And the worst part about it is, people believe it!

                                   Pass it on please!
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                               2004 Election Issue

                               This must be an issue in "04". Please! Keep it going.

                               SOCIAL SECURITY:

                               (This is worth the read. It's short and to the point.)

                               Perhaps we are asking the wrong questions during election> years. Our
                               Senators and Congress men &women do not pay into Social Security and, of
                               course, they do not collect from it.

                               You see, Social Security benefits were not suitable for persons of their rare
                               elevation in society. They felt they should have a special plan for themselves.
                               So, many years ago they voted in their own benefit plan.

                               In more recent years, no congressperson has felt the need to change it. After
                               all, it is a great plan.

                               For all practical purposes their plan works like this: When they retire, they
                               continue to draw the same pay until they die, except it may increase from
                               time to time for cost of living adjustments.

                               For example, former Senator Byrd and Congressman White and their wives
                               may expect to draw $7,800,000.00 (that's Seven Million, Eight-Hundred
                               Thousand Dollars), with their wives drawing $275,000.00 during the last years
                               of their lives. This is calculated on an average life span for each.

                               Their cost for this excellent plan is $00.00. Nada. Zilch. This little perk they
                               voted for themselves is free to them. You and I pick up the tab for this plan.
                               The funds for this fine retirement plan come directly from the General Funds-
                               our tax dollars at work!

                               From our own Social Security Plan, which you and I pay (or have paid) into-
                               every payday until we retire (which amount is matched by our employer) --we
                               can expect to get an average $1,000 per month after retirement. Or, in other
                               words, we would have to collect our average of $1,000. monthly benefits for
                               68 years and one (1) month to equal Senator Bill Bradley's benefits!
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                                           Social Security could be very good if only one small change were made.

                                           That change would be to jerk the Golden Fleece Retirement Plan from under
                                           the Senators and Congressmen. Put them into the Social Security plan with
                                           the rest of us ... then sit back and watch how fast they would fix it.

                                           If enough people receive this, maybe a seed of awareness will be planted and
                                           maybe good changes will evolve.

                                           How many people can YOU send this to?


A-835    I oppose so-called   2003.04.08   Sen. Thomas Daschle
         "Guaranteed-Issue"                United States Senate
         health insurance                  509 Hart Senate Office Building
         laws!
                                           Washington, D.C. 20510-4103

                                           Dear Sen. Daschle:

                                           I, like many Americans, am concerned about healthcare. But many attempts
                                           at healthcare reform make the situation worse, not better.

                                           Guaranteed-issue laws are one example.

                                           They drive up premiums, force insurance companies out of the market, and
                                           result in MORE people uninsured, not fewer.

                                           I support healthcare reforms that give consumers more choices. And I oppose
                                           guaranteed-issue. I urge you to vote against any attempt to mandate
                                           coverage in this way.

                                           Sincerely,

                                           Sandra S.


A-4308   Health, Seniors      2003.04.08   Dear Senator Thomas Daschle:
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                                           Seniors and the healthcare professionals they depend on have been hit hard
                                           by skyrocketing medical liability insurance premiums. These costs threaten
                                           my and other seniors' access to affordable and reliable medical care.

                                           It's not right that personal injury lawyers and their multimillion-dollar court
                                           awards have been allowed to drive up the cost of medical liability insurance by
                                           more than 500 percent. Their greed is hurting seniors and other consumers
                                           like me because we end up paying for these lawsuits through higher
                                           healthcare costs that get passed on to us by our doctors. The consequences
                                           can be even more drastic. This medical liability crisis is forcing hospitals to
                                           close their doors, doctors to shut down their practices and stop treating
                                           patients, and nursing homes to file for bankruptcy.

                                           The thought of doctors practicing "defensive medicine" as a means of
                                           protecting themselves against lottery-like malpractice lawsuits is also a scary
                                           proposition. I'm asking you to help bring an end to this national healthcare
                                           crisis that's hurting seniors. Please support common-sense medical liability
                                           insurance reform now. Please protect me from higher healthcare costs and
                                           ensure my access to quality medical care.

                                           Sincerely,

                                           Janell B., SD


A-5742   Support Only         2003.04.08   Sen. Thomas Daschle
         Meaningful                        United States Senate
         Individual Pension                509 Hart Senate Office Building
         Reform                            Washington, D.C. 20510-4103

                                           Sen. Daschle:

                                           The spectacular collapse of Enron has exposed a corporate culture rife with
                                           conflicts of interest and abuses of workers' trust. It also is a wake-up call
                                           about the dangers of relying too heavily on individual accounts for retirement
                                           security. Defined-contribution plans, such as 401(k)s, are no substitute for
                                           defined benefit pensions. More and more, companies are looking at 401(k)
                                           and other individual accounts plans as a retirement plan alternative, so there
                                           must be comprehensive reform to prevent future abuses.
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                                            Please support strong 401(k) reform legislation that strengthens workers'
                                            rights. A bill voted out of the House Education and the Workforce Committee
                                            (H.R.1000) fails to adequately protect workers. Any bill should provide real
                                            retirement security by: Recognizing that if a company does not provide a
                                            defined-benefit plan that is guaranteed by the federal government--a real
                                            pension--it must be more prudent in designing the 401(k) or similar plan
                                            offered to its workers; requiring elected worker representatives on the plan's
                                            board of trustees so they have a voice in decision-making about retirement
                                            plan issues; encouraging employers to offer independent investment advice to
                                            workers; giving workers notice when executives are selling their stock; and
                                            requiring advance notice of administrative lock downs and limiting their
                                            duration. Please support only meaningful pension reform.

                                            Most importantly, any bill should require that workers have elected
                                            representation on the plan's board of trustees.

                                            Sincerely,

                                            duane t. h., SD


A-5743   Oppose Overtime       2003.04.08   Sen. Thomas Daschle
         Changes to the Fair                United States Senate
         Labor Standards Act                509 Hart Senate Office Building
                                            Washington, D.C. 20510-4103

                                            Sen. Daschle:

                                            I am writing to ask that you oppose any amendment to the Fair Labor
                                            Standards Act that would allow for "comp time" in lieu of overtime pay. This
                                            idea is "a wolf in sheep's clothing." Those who advocate it say they are
                                            interested in helping working families, but the bills currently before Congress
                                            have the opposite effect. Comp time legislation would give employers more
                                            flexibility, while offering employees little.

                                            In an economy where the gap between the upper class and the lower class is
                                            widening, many low-wage workers need overtime pay to make ends meet.
                                            While legislation introduced in the Senate says employees have a choice to
                                            participate or not, there is no doubt that there would be hidden pressure to go
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                                             along with whatever the employer wants.

                                             Some argue that Congress should give private sector employees the same
                                             comp time opportunities as those in the public sector.

                                             This kind of argument fails to acknowledge that the public sector is a relatively
                                             stable working environment compared to private sector employment. It is not
                                             likely that a public sector employer will go bankrupt, nor will they pick up
                                             stakes and move because they get a better offer.Please oppose any
                                             amendment to the Fair Labor Standards Act concerning comp time in lieu of
                                             overtime.

                                             If you want to help working families, please support expanding family and
                                             medical leave.

                                             Sincerely,

                                             duane t. h., SD


A-5750   Foreign Affairs        2003.04.08   Dear Mr. Tom Daschle,

                                             My name is Zach S., and I'm a college student at Bemidji State University.
                                             I've always been interested in politics, and after taking a Vietnam War class
                                             here at school, my interest level has raised even higher. I've been watching
                                             CSPAN and CNN daily for several months now. I've seen you speak many
                                             times, and I'd like to say thank you for voicing your opinion. I have enjoyed
                                             your views on the problems with our leaders in this country, and I fully agree
                                             with many of the things you have said. We have failed diplomacy, and I thank
                                             you for reminding America that we have, because many don't see that. I
                                             write only to thank you, and tell you I would be proud if I were from South
                                             Dakota, and you were representing me. Good luck in everything you do.

                                             Respectfully,

                                             Zach S.


A-5751   Defense and Military   2003.04.08   Dear Honorable Senator Daschle:
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                                             I am an active duty Senior Master Sergeant in the South Dakota Air National
                                             Guard. I am not activated because of current world events; I am an Active
                                             Guard Reserve (AGR) member. I am also a divorced parent, and my children
                                             do not live with me. Being an AGR member, my children are eligible for
                                             Tricare Prime Remote (TPR) for health insurance, but only if they live with
                                             me. Otherwise, they are eligible for Tricare Standard, which incurrs cost
                                             shares. It is as if active duty military parents are punished for not having
                                             physical custody of their children. The children are still over 50 miles from a
                                             military medical facility and still require health care. I would like to see the
                                             requirement that dependent children must live with the military member to be
                                             eligible for Tricare Prime Remote be eliminated. If one parent is an active
                                             duty military member and the child lives more than 50 miles from a military
                                             medical facility, that should be sufficient for eligibility. It is no different than
                                             current situations of the military parent being deployed away from the family.
                                             The children are still in need of health care, no matter where the parents are.
                                             Thank you for your time.


A-5752   Pilot selection with   2003.04.08   Sen. Thomas Daschle
         114th Operations                    United States Senate
         Group South Dakota
         Air National Guard                  509 Hart Senate Office Building
                                             Washington, D.C. 20510-4103

                                             Dear Senator Daschle:

                                             My name is Sheldon A. H. currently I am a regional airline pilot residing within
                                             the state of Florida. I am writing this e-mail in regards to a pilot position with
                                             the 114th operations group of the South Dakota Air National Guard (ANG). It
                                             has been a long desire of mine to obtain a pilot position with the Air National
                                             Guard. This journey started in 1999 when I was initially selected for a pilot
                                             position with the New York ANG. However at the particular time of my
                                             appointment I was faced with a special family circumstance. My wife was
                                             pregnant with our first child and their was major complications with her
                                             pregnancy while in Officer's school. I was unable to successfully complete my
                                             Officer candidate training and was returned to the New York ANG.

                                             Upon arrival I was informed I would not be eligible for a pilot training.

                                             I did have the option to return to Officer candidate school for completion. This
                                             was not a desire of mine if I could not have flown, so I separated from the
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                                       ANG. I did some research the past years and found this not to be true. I
                                       could have returned to complete my entire training while proceeding to pilot
                                       training. Four years has past since the event and a recent opportunity has
                                       risen within your state of South Dakota. Mr. Daschle I am a highly motivated
                                       individual asking for second chance to fulfill my child hood dreams. Sir I am
                                       asking for a pilot referral from your office in order to stand out for this highly
                                       competitive position. Thank you sir for taking the time to read this e-mail out
                                       of your busy schedule. Please feel free to contact me at [phone numbers
                                       redacted] to discuss this endeavor in detail.

                                       Sincerely,

                                       Sheldon A. H., SD


A-5753   Communications   2003.04.08   Senator Tom Daschle,

                                       I have the honor of presenting my son, Mr. Adam B., a student at Madison
                                       Central High School, as a Scout who will be receiving his Eagle Scout Award.
                                       The Eagle Scout Award is the highest rank that a Scout can earn within the
                                       Boy Scouts of America.

                                       Adam's steady, persistent progress through the ranks to achieve this
                                       prestigious award demonstrates his determination to prepare himself for a
                                       meaningful, productive role in our society. His exemplary performance in
                                       Scouting will serve as a beacon to those Scouts who follow him. He went
                                       beyond the requirements of 21 merit badges to receiving 35! With 4-5 more
                                       months in Scouting, he will also be able to receive Psalms.

                                       Senator Tom Daschle, I would appreciate it if you would be so kind as to write
                                       a letter of congratulations for Mr. Adam Breuer for obtaining the Rank of
                                       Eagle. It is my wish to present this letter to him at his Eagle Court of Honor in
                                       May of 2003.

                                       Please send your letter to:

                                       Adam B.
                                       [address redacted], SD
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                                        Thank you,

                                        Sandy M. B.


A-5754   Judicial Issues   2003.04.08   Dear Senator Daschle,

                                        I am writng you concerning the Miguel A. Estrada nomination to the post of
                                        United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit. My first
                                        question is what are your personal reasons, not the Democratic Party's
                                        reasons, for voting against Mr. Estrada's confirmation? My second question is
                                        what, if any, circumstances other than the disclosure of Estrada's private
                                        memos would you switch your vote on his confirmation?

                                        I appreciate you and your staff taking the time out of your busy schedules to
                                        read this email.

                                        Sincerely,

                                        Joseph R. B.


A-5767   Case Work         2003.04.08   Dear Mr. Senator,

                                        After doing a school project about you, I am now a huge follower of yours. I
                                        read what you do for your great state all the time on the internet. You have
                                        made South Dakota a better place to live and visit, and I am sure to come to
                                        South Dakota for a vacation in my future. Your hard work has put you in the
                                        position you are today and I admire that. I will continue to read what you are
                                        doing and going to do for your state in the future. I wish you the best of luck
                                        and success in the future.

                                        Could I get an autographed photo of you, it would make me really happy and
                                        my teachers and classmates would be really impressed. Thanks for taking the
                                        time to read my letter. Love from Canada!

                                        Sincerely,

                                        Mike T., Ontario, Canada
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A-5768   Department of Peace   2003.04.08   Sen. Thomas Daschle
                                            United States Senate
                                            509 Hart Senate Office Building
                                            Washington, D.C. 20510-4103

                                            Sen. Daschle:

                                            I would love to see a Department of Peace in Washington - one that
                                            researches the best ways to achieve peace, develops and implements policies
                                            for peace, etc.

                                            Sincerely,

                                            Susan R., SD


A-5769   Civil Service         2003.04.08   To whom it may concern,

                                            My name is Andrew C.. I am a 19-year-old just out of high school. I help run
                                            a nightclub in my hometown in Michigan! We try our best to keep kids off the
                                            streets and give them something to do that is under supervision and well keep
                                            them safe! We are now trying to reach out to the kids that are not heading in
                                            the right direction. I am trying to obtain autographed pictures or letters from
                                            people that they can look up to! So if you could help in anyway it would be
                                            greatly appreciated!

                                            Sincerely yours,

                                            Andrew C., MI

                                            P.S. Thank you for your time and any help that you might be able to give!


A-5770   Health                2003.04.08   Deat Mr. Daschle,

                                            My name is Dori B. from Watertown. I am 42 years old and have worked since
                                            I was 14 years of age. On July 28, 2000 I was diagnosed with relex
                                            sympathetic dystrophy and have not worked since. I am single and have no
                                            one but friends to depend on and my story is one that allows me to
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                               understand how people in our nation end up homeless. It is why I am now
                               turning to you for whatever help you can provide.

                               After a 6 month leave of absence from my job, my company released me
                               under a nuetral termination clause. As a result, I was forced to pay for Cobra
                               insurance which has since run out and depleted my savings and 401K. I
                               applied for unemployment and was denied based on the doctor's findings and
                               statements that I was unable to pursue or accept work. I then applied for SSD
                               and was turned down twice. Now I have less than 30 days to appeal that
                               decision before an administrative law judge. The problem I am encountering
                               here is that my doctor, Dr. David A., is now serving our country. He is a medic
                               in the National Guard. As a result, he is unable to testify or give a deposition
                               on my behalf. This according to the attorneys is a problem. They want me to
                               be seeing another doctor. I have no problem with that except that we have no
                               specialists in the state of SD that know anything about the disease. I have
                               been referred to Mayo Clinic 3 times and been refused due to financial status.
                               I! have no insurance or way of paying for any doctor visits. As it stands
                               today, I am on oxygen therapy which requires 2 tanks costing $300.00 a
                               month. My prescriptions are for morphine ir, morphine er, lexapro, baclofen,
                               nystatin,veralan pm and others as the doctor felt necessary. My prescriptions
                               alone run almost $900.00 a month. I am in need of an operation for a
                               morphine pump which costs upwards of $100,000.00 and have no way of
                               paying for this either. I have applied for all the welfare,and other programs I
                               can find and am always told that I am not eligible. What would make me
                               eligible? If I had a child, yes. I am not intending to get pregnant at 42 to get
                               to help.

                               So, that leads me to you. I cannot afford an attorney to fight for my SSD. My
                               doctor even sent SSD a letter telling them I was totally disabled and unable to
                               work in any capacity and explained all the reasons why. I would gladly share
                               them with you as well if requested. My question to you is where do I go from
                               here?

                               I have been told by members of my online RSD support groups that many
                               senators or congressmen in other states have helped individuals in the same
                               circumstance as myself. They have stepped in and helped to obtain a
                               favorable finding for SSD.

                               Is there anything that you can do for me or lead me in a direction for help?
                               Please? I am begging you as it will not be much longer and I will no longer get
                               the meds or have a home over my head. As I said before, this is why people
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                                             end up homeless. I never dreamt in a million years that I would ever have to
                                             worry about this but I am and am asking for your help.

                                             I appreciate your time and attention. Please note that time is of the essence
                                             as I have less than 30 days before my appeal before the ALJ. I really need
                                             someone's help. I look forward to hearing from you soon. I will direct you to
                                             any information you need to help me with this problem.

                                             Thank-you again.

                                             Dori B.


A-5771   Education              2003.04.08   What are the reasonings for the SD step tests?


A-5772   Support the Current    2003.04.08   Sen. Thomas Daschle
         Discipline Policy in                United States Senate
         IDEA                                509 Hart Senate Office Building
                                             Washington, D.C. 20510-4103

                                             Dear Member of Congress:

                                             I am a member of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), the largest
                                             professional organization committed to improving educational outcomes for
                                             individuals with exceptionalities. CEC accomplishes its worldwide mission on
                                             behalf of educators and others working with children with exceptionalities by
                                             advocating for appropriate government policies, setting professional
                                             standards, providing continuing professional development, and assisting
                                             professionals in obtaining conditions and resources necessary for effective
                                             professional practice.

                                             CEC believes that educating children and youth in a safe environment is
                                             crucial to their achievement of positive educational results, as well as crime
                                             prevention, community safety, and successful transition of youth into the
                                             workforce. Dangerous and violent behavior in the schools cannot be ignored.
                                             Children and youth must be held accountable and the rights of other students
                                             and teachers must be protected.

                                             Schools must be safe harbors for all children and classrooms must be
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                               conducive to learning.

                               However, no child should be denied appropriate educational services - no child
                               should be left behind.

                               The 1997 amendments to IDEA gave school personnel greater flexibility in
                               terms of disciplining children with disabilities, while maintaining the rights and
                               protections afforded under IDEA that all children with disabilities receive a free
                               appropriate public education (FAPE). Prior to the 1997 amendments to IDEA,
                               school officials could not change the placement of a child with a disability
                               without parental consent or, as a last resort, a court order. This provision of
                               the law is often referred to as the "stay-put provision." However, the 1997
                               amendments provided certain exceptions to the stay-put provision. For
                               example, since 1997 school officials may suspend or expel a child with a
                               disability if he or she violates a school discipline code and the behavior was
                               not related to his or her disability, provided such suspension or expulsion is
                               applied in a manner consistent with the policy applied to students without
                               disabilities who engage in similar behaviors. However, IDEA requires that
                               states ensure that children with disabilities continue to receive a free
                               appropriate public education during suspensions (of more than 10 days) or
                               expulsions.

                               In addition, under the 1997 amendments law, school personnel may place a
                               child with a disability in an interim alternative educational setting for up to 45
                               days if the child brings a dangerous weapon or illegal drugs to school or to a
                               school function, regardless of whether the behavior was related to his or her
                               disability. Moreover, a hearing officer may order the removal of a child with a
                               disability to an interim alternative educational setting for up to 45 days if the
                               child is deemed substantially likely to injure himself or herself, or others.

                               CEC notes that there is some confusion and (or) misunderstanding
                               surrounding the current IDEA discipline policy that warrants clarification.

                               In the vast majority of discipline case, parents and school officials can and
                               should reach agreement on appropriate discipline measures for children with
                               disabilities within the context of the traditional IEP review process. In the
                               majority of situations where parents and school officials reach agreement
                               within the context of the traditional IEP process regarding FAPE and its
                               application with respect to appropriate discipline measure for children with
                               disabilities, the IDEA stay-put provision and IDEA discipline amendment do
                               not apply and should not be invoked. Instead, the agreement reached by
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                               school officials and parents regarding FAPE and its application with respect to
                               disciplinary measures for a child with a disability should be reflected in the
                               child's IEP and implemented accordingly. In rare cases where parents and
                               school officials cannot reach agreement within the context of the traditional
                               IEP review process, the procedural requirements specified under Section
                               615(K) of IDEA (the discipline amendment) provides the necessary alternative
                               process for resolving the dispute.

                               CEC Policy Recommendations for IDEA Reauthorization with Regard to Student
                               Discipline: CEC strongly opposes the proposed discipline provision introduced
                               in H.R. 1350. CEC supports the current IDEA discipline policy and strongly
                               opposes any policy change to IDEA; however, CEC recommends further
                               clarification of the current IDEA discipline policy and strategies for improved
                               implementation.

                               Specifically, CEC strongly believes that the IDEA reauthorization process must
                               clarify that Section 615(k) of IDEA (the discipline amendment) is a policy of
                               last resort that should be applied only in rare cases where the parents of a
                               child with a disability and school officials cannot otherwise reach agreement
                               on appropriate disciplinary measures for the child within the context of the
                               traditional IEP review process.

                               CEC further recommends: (1) clarifying the remainder of the discipline
                               provisions within committee report language to facilitate implementation of
                               the current IDEA discipline policy; (2) increasing funding under the Part D
                               Support Programs for the provision of appropriate research, personnel
                               preparation, technical assistance, and other supports and services to
                               institutions of higher education, state and local educational agencies,
                               educational personnel, and parents to facilitate implementation of the current
                               IDEA discipline policy; (3) establishing a single discipline standard for all
                               students by amending ESEA to require continued alternative educational
                               services for all students who are suspended or expelled from school; and (4)
                               requiring interagency agreements among state agencies with authority over
                               the direction and expenditure of federal and state funds under IDEA, ESEA,
                               Juvenile Justice, and other relevant authorities, to ensure continued
                               alternative educational services (including the full continuum of services as
                               provided for under IDEA) for any student who is long-term suspended or
                               expelled from school.

                               Thank you for considering my views. If you have any questions about CEC's
                               policy recommendations with regard to student discipline, you can contact
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                                             Deborah Ziegler at [email redacted] or at [phone redacted].

                                             Sincerely,

                                             Linda R., SD


A-5773   organic agricultural   2003.04.08   Sen. Thomas Daschle
         production                          United States Senate
                                             509 Hart Senate Office Building
                                             Washington, D.C. 20510-4103

                                             Dear Sen. Daschle:

                                             I am concerned about maintaining stringent standards for organic agricultural
                                             production. By co-sponsoring the Leahy-Snowe Organic Restoration Act (S.
                                             457), you support what's best for shoppers, businesses, and the environment.
                                             The Leahy-Snowe Organic Restoration Act will repeal a loophole in the
                                             Omnibus Appropriations Bill. The loophole, Section 771 of the spending bill,
                                             would enable livestock producers to disregard organic feed requirements for
                                             organic livestock. This loophole is unacceptable.

                                             Sales of organic products in the US have increased at least 20% each year for
                                             a decade, making organic agriculture one of the bright spots for US
                                             agriculture. This growth is driven in part by the demand for organic feed and
                                             other organic materials and ingredients, which in turn, gives our farmers
                                             additional opportunities to earn a living on their farms. US national organic
                                             standards, implemented in Oct. 2002, require that organic farmers follow
                                             strict production standards in order to sell their products as organic. For
                                             livestock, those standards include using only organic feed. Allow the USDA to
                                             enforce these stringent standards by co-sponsoring the Organic Restoration
                                             Act to repeal section 771.

                                             For an update on co-sponsorship of S. 457, contact Senator Leahy's office,
                                             Ben Huebner.

                                             Thank you for your concern for voters like me, and for your concern in
                                             maintaining stringent organic standards.
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                                              Sincerely,

                                              Mary B.-G., SD


A-5774   h.r.1036                2003.04.08   Sen. Thomas Daschle
                                              United States Senate
                                              509 Hart Senate Office Building
                                              Washington, D.C. 20510-4103

                                              Sen. Daschle:

                                              Please support H.R. 1036 as it is & with no ammenments. Thank You

                                              Sincerely,

                                              Tim B., SD


A-5775   Tax                     2003.04.08   Dear Senator Daschle,

                                              I am writing to ask you to vote in favor of S. 272, the CARE act. Thanks for
                                              your time. Ed A.


A-5776   No Subject ; Judicial   2003.04.08   Dear Senator Thomas Daschle:
         Issues
                                              I have recieved response after response from you acknowledging only that I
                                              have contacted you, but you keep sending me reasons why you don't want
                                              Miguel Estrada. I UNDERSTAND that! What I am telling you and the other
                                              cowardly democrats who can't play fair is that IF YOU DON'T WANT ESTRADA,
                                              THEN VOTE NO, BUT VOTE FOR GOD'S SAKE!!! This filibuster stupidity is the
                                              reason more and more voters are voting against you and in favor of the
                                              Republican candidates. Quit using loopholes to get your way even when the
                                              majority DISAGREE with you. Honestly! This kind of BS politicking is why I'M
                                              not voting for you, and why I'm encouraging EVERYONE I know not to vote for
                                              you. Next election, I'm voting for a politician who LISTENS to the people. I've
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                                             had enough.

                                             Sincerely,

                                             Carol S., SD


A-5777   WAR                    2003.04.08   Thomas Daschle
                                             United States Senate
                                             509 Hart Senate Office Building
                                             Washington, D.C. 20510-4103

                                             Dear Sen. Daschle:

                                             DEAR CONGRESSMEN, I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR YOUR EFFORTS TO
                                             BRING A SPEEDY END TO THE WAR WITH IRAQ AND TO RE-ESTABLISHING
                                             RELATIONS WITH THE UNITED NATIONS. I AM HOPEFUL THAT SOON OUR
                                             NATION'S EFFORTS CAN TURN TO STIMULATING OUR ECONOMY,
                                             ADDRESSING UNEMPLOYMENT AND PURSUING HEALTH CARE NEEDS FOR
                                             THE LOWER AND MIDDLE CLASSES.

                                             Sincerely,

                                             S. PAT P., SD


A-5778   Defense and Military   2003.04.08   Dear Mr. Daschle, as a constituent of our home state, I would like to express
                                             to you my standing on the war in Iraq. I am firmly opposed to the military
                                             action against Iraq and as a voter, this is an important issue to me. I oppose
                                             the war in Iraq as well as the war against Afganistan for the following reasons.
                                             First, the numerous innocent people that have died due to U.S. military action
                                             in both places makes the military action unacceptable. If those innocents dead
                                             were my family, no matter how noble the reason we were fighting, I would be
                                             completely disgusted. Second, I feel the purpose of the military action is
                                             counter-productive. I see the military action in Afganistan and Iraq, both
                                             partially justified by the administration as preventative actions against
                                             terrorism, as simply making more terrorists. I see these military actions as
                                             simply trying to cover up bad foreign diplomacy. I feel that as a member of
                                             congress, you should be advocating for a much more a! ggressive diplomatic
                                             action to find out and solve the problems of why terrorists want to harm
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                                    Americans. Instead, we bomb and shoot, which to me, as I said earlier, simply
                                    alienates more Muslim people and creates more enemies. Lastly, the war in
                                    Iraq and Afganistan being touted as working toward solving the problem with
                                    terrorism seems to ignore the expressed root of Muslim anger towards the
                                    U.S.. The true root seems to lie more in solving conflicts between Israel and
                                    Palestine. I feel that the U.S.'s continuing blanket support for Israel ignores
                                    the fact that the Palestinian's need their own country. If the U.S. continues to
                                    support the suppression of Palestine through violence under Ariel Sharon, I
                                    see the problem of terrorism from Muslim nations increasing. My family,
                                    Darrel and Ginny Nelson, have voted for you for many years. Please consider
                                    my strong disapproval of violence to solve terrorism when representing me in
                                    the Senate.

                                    Respectfully and sincerely, Peter R. N.


A-5780   Case Work     2003.04.08   Dear Sir, I am writing about our state Child Support Enforcement Office. I am
                                    a recently divorced mother with two children trying to make it on my
                                    paycheck and the child support that I am suppose to receive. The court order
                                    for child support states that I am to receive a child support check every
                                    week. Most of the time, I receive on every other week, if even that often.
                                    And that is only if I call the Child Support Enforcement Office and ask them
                                    where the check is. My caseworker, Marvel Fairbanks, has told me in the past
                                    that the reason I have not received it is because of the holidays or she has
                                    told me that I should not depend on it. But, I have to depend on the check to
                                    feed my children and pay the bills. I feel that I should not have to call the
                                    state every week to find out what is going on with my child support. The
                                    money is coming out of my ex-husband's check every week by his employer
                                    and they do their payroll every Wednesday, so I don't understand why I can't
                                    receive i! t every week like it was ordered to be. Am I mistaken, or does the
                                    Child Support Enforcement Office work for us trying to get the child support,
                                    or do they work for the non-custodial parent and their employers? I am not
                                    sure what the answer is, but maybe a change of personnel in the office of
                                    Child Support Enforcement would wake someone up and get them in the habit
                                    of working for those of us that need their help, instead of telling us that there
                                    isn't anything they can do for us and not to depend on it.


B-453    Tax           2003.04.08   Dear Sir –

                                    My spouse and I just finished writing a check to the U.S. Treasury that will
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                                          offset what we owe from personal taxes in 2002, and another check to pay for
                                          municipal property taxes. All combined, my spouse and I will work 4.9 months
                                          of this year to pay 2003 taxes.13% of yearly income for taxes is
                                          unsatisfactory is all we can say, our taxes are extremely high!

                                          Please take a moment of your time to address this dilema with your peers,
                                          perhaps approving the President's tax plan.

                                          Thank you for your understanding and support in this matter.

                                          Respectfully submitted,

                                          W.A.W.
                                          Gunnery Sergeant
                                          United States Marine Corps Retired


A-775   destruction of       2003.04.09   Sen. Thomas Daschle
        chicago airport by                United States Senate
        mayor                             509 Hart Senate Office Building
                                          Washington, D.C. 20510-4103

                                          Sen. Daschle:

                                          Dear honored sirs,

                                          I am writing to you to protest the criminal act of the Honored Mayor of
                                          Chicago IL, Richard Daley, over his distruction of the downtown airport known
                                          as Meigs field. He callously ordered the destruction of this airport even
                                          though TSA did not consider the airport a threat to the city! Mayor Daley has
                                          had a long running battle with both the federal and state governments over
                                          the future use of the land that this airport is on, wanting to leave to Chicago a
                                          legacy park named after him... to the exclusion of the desires or wants of his
                                          own constituents.

                                          Mayor Daley's unilateral action that tore up the runway at Meigs Field is
                                          criminal in more than one way, and I would like to see him prosecuted.

                                          One: He has destroyed public property without proper authorization. Two:
                                          He destroyed public property while private aircraft were there that could not
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                                           be moved without the runway there necessary for their removal, and without
                                           the prior warning nor consent of the owners. Three: He has devalued the
                                           entire downtown district of his own city, by destroying the most convenient
                                           access to it! This is the action of a megalomaniac!

                                           When we consider that the city of Chicago has accepted federal improvement
                                           money for Meigs field, let alone that I doubt that Mayor Daley could repay the
                                           city for the destruction of that airport, I urge you to push for criminal charges
                                           to be brought against Mayor Daley.

                                           Sincerely,

                                           Matthew O.


A-3729   Veterans             2003.04.09   Hopi Warrior Woman

                                           by Lydia Whirlwind

                                           Soldier sang her journey song prancing on her red roan followed her warrior
                                           spirit to the blowing sand and storm she went with earth thunder scattering
                                           cornmeal and pollen looking to the sky, she sang her earth songs and rain
                                           songs tears glisten on cottonwood leaves, each from a clan whispering dry
                                           sage brush and turtle shell rattle sing her spirit songbird nations, hawk, dove,
                                           swallow, golden eagle and mocking bird circle in the wind, sing for hersing her
                                           warrior song dark and bright night fires and brother Wren guide her through
                                           the purple mountains and painted desert, to each mesa no longer traveling
                                           alone, joyously cloud shadows. thunder songs welcome her home, Warrior,
                                           now one with the gentle swirling snow spirit reflections in the clouds welcome
                                           her home


A-5713   Legalize Medicinal   2003.04.09   Sen. Thomas Daschle
         marijuana                         United States Senate
                                           509 Hart Senate Office Building
                                           Washington, D.C. 20510-4103

                                           Sen. Daschle:
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                                           The Hon. Sen. Daschle,

                                           Representatives Sam Farr, Lynn Woolsey and Dana Rohrabacher are
                                           introducing a bill called the "Truth in Trials” act that will allow a defense in
                                           federal court for patients and caregivers following state medical marijuana
                                           laws. Please contact Rochelle Dornatt in the office of Representative Sam Farr
                                           at (202) 225-2861, to cosponsor and support this bill to show your respect for
                                           the will of the voters.

                                           While I'm at it, I would also like to say that Federal Drug Prohibition is a
                                           violation of our constitutional right to liberty. When I was in grade school, I
                                           learned that we were free, and that my freedom ends when it imposes on
                                           another person's freedom. Drug use does not impose on another person's
                                           freedom --in fact, prohibition hurts our freedom, Through unconstitutional
                                           searches and seizures. It pushes the price of drugs up more then 5 times what
                                           they would be (which is "WHY" it's so lucrative for terrorists to make money
                                           off of and farm.) It's also the reason heroin addicts get violent and need to
                                           brake in to stores to get money to satisfy their addiction. If it were 1 fifth the
                                           price, they wouldn't need to do that. You wouldn't have near the violent black
                                           markets, gangs, and thieves. Also, Marijuana plantations in Sudan wouldn't be
                                           so profitable to Osama Bin Laudin.

                                           You see, it's not drugs that fund Terrorism. The drug war funds terrorism.
                                           80% of drug deaths are caused by impurities in the drug inherent in black
                                           market trade. If it was legalized and regulated, like alcohol and cigarettes are,
                                           these deaths wouldn't happen. Plus they could be grown in our own country,
                                           so they don't support terrorism.

                                           If nothing else, the legality of drugs should be a states right issue. States
                                           should be allowed to choose whether or not drugs should be legal. And
                                           federally jailing people for obeying state laws, is a crime. This is
                                           constitutionally a states right issue, and should be treated as such.

                                           Sincerely,

                                           Tracy S., SD


A-5763   Support S. 659 and   2003.04.09   Sen. Thomas Daschle
         Lawful Commerce                   United States Senate
                                           509 Hart Senate Office Building
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                               Dear Sen. Daschle:

                               I urge you to take a leadership role in strengthening our rule of law and
                               protecting American jobs by supporting S. 659, the Protection of Lawful
                               Commerce in Arms Act. This legislation will block reckless, baseless "junk"
                               lawsuits against honest people in a responsible industry -- and it will save jobs
                               in our state. Trial lawyers and city officials are targeting gun manufacturers in
                               the courts with dozens of baseless lawsuits, trying to make policies that
                               rightfully are the purview of state and federal legislators. In the first suit
                               brought to trial, the presiding judge's decision read: "The city's complaint is
                               an improper attempt to have this court substitute its judgment for that of the
                               legislature."

                               And just recently, counsel for the NAACP admitted in his opening remarks that
                               "This case is about obtaining a judicial remedy when legislative doors have
                               been shut..."Supporting this bill protects jobs. Each year, hunting and the
                               shooting sports nationally generate in excess of $31 billion in economic
                               activity supporting more than 986,000 jobs. Whether it's a family owned
                               sporting goods store, a major retailer, the provider of travel services to
                               hunters visiting our state or just the diner they stop at for breakfast and
                               dinner during a day spent in the field, businesses depend on the legitimate
                               livelihoods supported by commerce in firearms. Firearm owners support jobs
                               in a supply and distribution chain, badly needed jobs for workers in our state,
                               in addition to manufacturing jobs.

                               The National Association of Manufacturers, representing 14,000 companies
                               and 18 million people who make things in America, recently wrote in about
                               this lawsuit strategy, "It threatens to seriously undermine the ability of any
                               manufacturer to produce and sell products that are lawful and non-defective,
                               simply because those products may be criminally misused. And let's not kid
                               ourselves; such misuse could result in disastrously high jury awards that could
                               well bankrupt countless upstanding companies."

                               A legal industry being destroyed by lawsuits would result in lost jobs and
                               catastrophic consequences to state conservation efforts paid for by excise
                               taxes on firearms and ammunition. Please, co-sponsor S. 659, the Protection
                               of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act. I look forward to hearing from you soon to
                               tell me whether you support S. 659.
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                                       Sincerely,

                                       T. W. V., SD


A-5764   Health           2003.04.09   Sen. Daschle,

                                       I would like to know your viewpoints on legalizing medical marijuana in South
                                       Dakota. What your opinions are, its effectiveness in other states, any info you
                                       can provide would be great. You do not need to go in-depth as I would like
                                       your response by next Wednesday- April 16th because this is for a
                                       presentation I will be making in State and Local Government class here at
                                       SDSU. Please email as soon as you have time. Thank you.

                                       Colleen S.


A-5765   Public Welfare   2003.04.09   Dear Senator Thomas A. Daschle:

                                       I urge you to sign on as a cosponsor to H.Con.Res. 111, the Rachel Corrie
                                       Resolution. Rachel Corrie was a 23 year-old American college student who was
                                       killed by an Israel Occupation Forces bulldozer while trying to nonviolently
                                       prevent the demolition of a Palestinian house in the Gaza Strip on March 16.
                                       Rep. Jim McDermott stated that Rachel was acting "in the tradition of
                                       Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King."

                                       This resolution calls for a U.S. investigation which is necessary to determine
                                       the circumstances of her death and ensure that this type of incident does not
                                       happen again.

                                       I look forward to receiving a reply from you and will continue to follow up with
                                       your staff on this matter before voting on this resolution occurs. I expect my
                                       Representatives to champion the human rights of American citizens all over
                                       the world and not turn a blind eye when injustices against U.S. citizens
                                       happens at the hands of the Israeli Occupation Forces.

                                       Sincerely,

                                       Carla V., SD
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A-5766   No Subject    2003.04.09   Dear Senator Thomas Daschle:

                                    I have heard that Congress is now considering a proposal to eliminate the
                                    double taxation of corporate dividends. As a constituent and an investor, I
                                    strongly urge you to support this proposal.

                                    I believe that eliminating the double taxation of corporate dividends would
                                    help to restore my confidence in today's shaky financial markets. It also
                                    would increase the overall flow of cash to shareholders like myself. As a
                                    result, I would have more money available to spend in the economy or to
                                    reinvest in the market. This issue is important to me and to your other
                                    constituents who own stock in U.S. companies. I hope you will agree that the
                                    time has come for dividend tax fairness. Thank you for your consideration.

                                    Sincerely,

                                    Sharon C., SD


A-5792   Case Work     2003.04.09   I've been concerned with the recent tendency of the Democratic party to
                                    define itself as simply "The Party Who Opposes the Republicans".

                                    However, there is one issue that concerns me a great deal.

                                    The Amber Alert bill is something that should be passed through legislation
                                    immediately as a stand alone bill. As a father it concerns me greatly that
                                    individuals are tacking on idiotic provisions.

                                    The Illicit Drug Anti-Proliferation Act has no business being a part of a system
                                    created to assist in assisting law enforcement agencies in returning kidnapped
                                    children to their families.

                                    I hope you do everything in your power to stop political games being played
                                    with important issues like this one.

                                    Thank you

                                    Jeff M.
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A-5793   Defense and Military   2003.04.09   I have voted for you in the past; a republican. You owe it to yourself to view
                                             the article on the same page as South Dakota State Democratic Chairperson's
                                             article in the "Rapid City Journal". It appeared last weekend. It was striking
                                             how diverse these articles were. One from a seasoned politician and the other
                                             from a wife and mother of an Ellsworth Air Force Person. I would think, our
                                             Senior Leadership would cause you to pause and be Thank-ful that we have
                                             such leadership.....and acknowledge it. Your comments prior to the conflict
                                             DO NOT reflect your SOUTH DAKOTA constituients feelings or sentiments.
                                             Although one may argue there are differences in policy and means of the end;
                                             your disent early on is the most reflective of your color.

                                             Grateful for Leadership and it's Courage




                                             Brad B., SD


A-5794   Case Work              2003.04.09   The Honorable Tom Daschle
                                             Washington, DC 20510-4103

                                             Dear Senator Daschle,

                                             I and millions of other Americans enjoy occasionally placing bets on the
                                             Internet -- I consider it to be harmless entertainment, and none of the federal
                                             government's business.

                                             However, I have recently learned that there are two bills in Congress, H.R. 21
                                             and S. 627, which would not only seek to prohibit me from on-line wagering,
                                             but would also have the federal government "deputize" my bank and credit
                                             card company by making them monitor my transactions and block anything
                                             which could possibly be an Internet wager.

                                             I don't believe Congress has any business trying to "protect" me from a simple
                                             form of recreation; I am an adult, and I take responsibility for my choices.
                                             More importantly though, I consider it an affront to my privacy to direct
                                             financial institutions to monitor the content of my transactions. I urge you to
                                             oppose H.R. 21 and S. 627, as well as any similar bill that threatens individual
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                                             freedom and privacy.

                                             Sincerely,

                                             William P., SD


A-5795   Defense and Military   2003.04.09   You recently made comments about President Bush and his failure at
                                             diplomacy. After back tracking on your comments you most recently indicated
                                             that you did not regret your comments. Do you even know who you represent
                                             anymore? I am a republican that has defended your actions in the past. But
                                             now, I am ashamed to admit that you are from South Dakota. Have you
                                             bothered to check lately how the majority of South Dakotans feel? I will
                                             guarantee you the majority of us are very in line with President Bush. 9-11 is
                                             one of the biggest crimes committed against the United States. While
                                             Saddam may not have been directly involved, he is clearly a threat to our
                                             freedom.

                                             I kringe to think what might be happening in our backyard if a democrat like
                                             you controlled the White House. Saddam has been given 12 years to
                                             conform. The time for diplomacy is over. We need to protect ourselves and
                                             our interests.

                                             I would suggest that you start doing the job you were sent to Washington to
                                             do by SOUTH DAKOTANS, instead of playing the party line. I think you are
                                             the one that has failed miserably at diplomacy. You could take some lessons
                                             from Senator Johnson and Representative Janklow in this department. They
                                             clearly support the troops and act like they are proud to be Americans. I hope
                                             you continue to stick your foot in your mouth. It will make removing you from
                                             the Senate even easier. It is amazing how many democrats you have
                                             angered. Votes in SOUTH DAKOTA are what count, and you just lost mine.


A-5796   Case Work              2003.04.09   I would like to add you autograph to our collection. I heard this is where to
                                             write to get one - Thank you (I hope this is possible)


A-5797   Communications         2003.04.09   Dear Senator Daschle;

                                             Just a note to let you know how dissappointed I am in your lack of support
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                                             for the President and the Troops.

                                             While I now live in California I was born and lived in South Dakota several
                                             years.

                                             When I visit a American Legion club and someone asks me where I was from
                                             originally I hesitate to say South Dakota. The reaction to you from these folks
                                             is not good.

                                             I ask you to come forward in public statements in the press and in on the talk
                                             shows that you are in total support of the government and show the world
                                             that people from South Dakota are honest and forthright.

                                             arlan K.


A-5798   Defense and Military   2003.04.09   As a born citizen and retired military member (USAF) of this country; I
                                             implore upon you as my representative to do whatever is necessary to pass
                                             legislation to make all legally registered aliens who have given at least 4 years
                                             of honorable active duty military service to have the option of becoming
                                             citizens of the United States of America. In addition, I request that you pass
                                             necessary legislation that grants immediate citizenship to non-citizens who are
                                             currently serving in our military in designated areas of combat. I feel this is
                                             the least we can do for those who volunteer to go and fight our battles, to
                                             protect the ideals and dreams that make this country great.


A-5799   Environment            2003.04.09   Sen. Thomas Daschle
                                             509 Hart Senate Office Building
                                             Washington, DC 20510-4103

                                             Dear Senator Daschle,

                                             As a citizen concerned about the plight of some of the planet's most critically
                                             threatened animals--tigers, rhinos, elephants, great apes, and neotropical
                                             migratory birds--I urge you to sign the members' letter to the Interior
                                             appropriations subcommittee in support of the Multinational Species
                                             Conservation Fund. This letter requests $2 million each for the Asian Elephant
                                             Fund, the African Elephant Fund, and the Great Ape Fund; $3 million for the
                                             combined Rhino-Tiger Fund; and $5 million for the Neotropical Migratory Bird
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                               Fund. Funds allocated in previous years are making an enormous difference.
                               Grants from the Multinational Species Conservation Fund have significantly
                               improved the status of elephants and rhinos in southern Africa, rhinos in
                               Nepal, and tigers in Russia. Black rhinos, whose numbers plummeted from
                               70,000 in 1970 to 2,500 in 1993, are recovering in many places and now may
                               number 3,100. Sumatran rhinos have stabilized at 300, thanks entirely to
                               rhino protection units supported by the fund. These successes demonstrate
                               that a species can recover if sufficient and reliable resources are provided for
                               antipoaching, habitat protection, disease control, public education, and
                               measures to increase compatibility with humans. There are still many
                               unfulfilled needs. Burgeoning human populations in India and Indonesia have
                               fractured habitat and isolated tiger, rhino, and elephant populations. Great
                               apes in the Congo Basin and in Indonesia struggle for survival against disease,
                               habitat reduction, and an increasingly commercialized trade in bushmeat.
                               People continue to poach elephants, rhinos, and tigers for ivory, horn, and
                               body parts. Environmental contaminants and loss of habitat south of the U.S.
                               border have decimated neotropical migratory bird populations once common
                               in this country. Many of the countries where these species are found cannot
                               muster the resources to meet the needs of both people and wildlife.
                               Continued support from the Multinational Species Conservation Fund is the
                               only hope for the future of these wildlife species.

                               The Multinational Species Conservation Fund has been especially effective in
                               encouraging local and international matching contributions from governments
                               and private organizations. The program's $23 million in grants during the
                               past 12 years has leveraged almost $100 million in additional funding for
                               these programs, including $14 million alone during the first year of neotropical
                               migratory bird grants. Organizations representing sportsmen, zoos, circuses,
                               veterinarians, conservationists, and animal protection groups support these
                               programs. Please do all you can to increase funding for this program in fiscal
                               2004. Continued support by the United States will help conserve highly
                               threatened species; create a positive image of America in Asia, Africa, and
                               Latin America; and encourage public-private partnerships throughout the
                               world.

                               Sincerely,

                               S. D., SD
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B-1096   Support Pension        2003.04.09   Sen. Daschle:
         Protections!
                                             The Treasury Department is currently considering regulations for cash balance
                                             pensions that could harm older and long-term employees. Many older
                                             Americans will receive lower benefits from the new cash balance plan and
                                             some employees will stop earning any new benefits for a while.

                                             Employers who convert to cash balance plans should be required to protect
                                             their older employees from harm by grandfathering them into the old defined
                                             benefit plan or providing other transition assistance. The Treasury regulations
                                             should include such protections. I urge you to support protections for older
                                             workers and ensure that laws prohibiting age discrimination in pensions are
                                             upheld.

                                             Sincerely,

                                             Sue W. W., SD


B-1474   Defense and Military   2003.04.09   What a great day to be American in the world! Thank God for President Bush,
                                             General Franks but most of all..........the U.S. troops who sacrificed for
                                             freedom worldwide.

                                             I know you would still be working with the French and the U.N. in diplomacy
                                             with the late Saddam Hussein.....but I hope you can find some pleasure in the
                                             meaning of this great day in history for a great peoples.

                                             Bob B.


A-3410   Thank You for your     2003.04.10   Sen. Thomas Daschle
         YES vote! ; War in                  United States Senate
         Iraq                                509 Hart Senate Office Building
                                             Washington, D.C. 20510-4103

                                             Sen. Daschle:

                                             Thank you Sen Daschle for voting yes and approving nearly $80 billion in
                                             supplemental spending to fund the war in Iraq, homeland security and airline
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                                    industry security measures.

                                    Sincerely,

                                    Tari S., SD


A-3558   Environment   2003.04.10   Sen. Thomas Daschle
                                    509 Hart Senate Office Building
                                    Washington, DC 20510-4103

                                    Dear Senator Daschle,

                                    As a citizen concerned about the plight of some of the planet's most critically
                                    threatened animals--tigers, rhinos, elephants, great apes, and neotropical
                                    migratory birds--I urge you to sign the members' letter to the Interior
                                    appropriations subcommittee in support of the Multinational Species
                                    Conservation Fund. This letter requests $2 million each for the Asian Elephant
                                    Fund, the African Elephant Fund, and the Great Ape Fund; $3 million for the
                                    combined Rhino-Tiger Fund; and $5 million for the Neotropical Migratory Bird
                                    Fund. Funds allocated in previous years are making an enormous difference.
                                    Grants from the Multinational Species Conservation Fund have significantly
                                    improved the status of elephants and rhinos in southern Africa, rhinos in
                                    Nepal, and tigers in Russia. Black rhinos, whose numbers plummeted from
                                    70,000 in 1970 to 2,500 in 1993, are recovering in many places and now may
                                    number 3,100. Sumatran rhinos have stabilized at 300, thanks entirely to
                                    rhino protection units supported by the fund. These successes demonstrate
                                    that a species can recover if sufficient and reliable resources are provided for
                                    antipoaching, habitat protection, disease control, public education, and
                                    measures to increase compatibility with humans. There are still many
                                    unfulfilled needs. Burgeoning human populations in India and Indonesia have
                                    fractured habitat and isolated tiger, rhino, and elephant populations. Great
                                    apes in the Congo Basin and in Indonesia struggle for survival against disease,
                                    habitat reduction, and an increasingly commercialized trade in bushmeat.
                                    People continue to poach elephants, rhinos, and tigers for ivory, horn, and
                                    body parts. Environmental contaminants and loss of habitat south of the U.S.
                                    border have decimated neotropical migratory bird populations once common
                                    in this country. Many of the countries where these species are found cannot
                                    muster the resources to meet the needs of both people and wildlife.
                                    Continued support from the Multinational Species Conservation Fund is the
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                                             only hope for the future of these wildlife species.

                                             The Multinational Species Conservation Fund has been especially effective in
                                             encouraging local and international matching contributions from governments
                                             and private organizations. The program's $23 million in grants during the
                                             past 12 years has leveraged almost $100 million in additional funding for
                                             these programs, including $14 million alone during the first year of neotropical
                                             migratory bird grants. Organizations representing sportsmen, zoos, circuses,
                                             veterinarians, conservationists, and animal protection groups support these
                                             programs. Please do all you can to increase funding for this program in fiscal
                                             2004. Continued support by the United States will help conserve highly
                                             threatened species; create a positive image of America in Asia, Africa, and
                                             Latin America; and encourage public-private partnerships throughout the
                                             world.

                                             Sincerely,

                                             Elaine B., SD


A-5172   Health                 2003.04.10   I'm curious, where you stand on the Small Business health fairness act of
                                             2003. I work for a small electronics company in Mitchell. My health insurance
                                             increased 30% last year and nearly 50% over the last two years. My health
                                             insurance is slowing overtaking the cost of my rent. I am a divorced father of
                                             two. I'm 38 years old. It appears to me that this act would make it possible
                                             for my employer and many other small business owners in South Dakota to
                                             offer health insurance at a far more reasonable rate. I know many people in
                                             Mitchell who hold blue-collar type jobs and can't afford health insurance at
                                             all. I can't imagine why anyone representing South Dakota would not be in
                                             favor of this. I look forward to your response.


A-5781   Education              2003.04.10   Mr Daschle Hello, How are you? My name is Chuck. I am collecting political
                                             autographs for a project in History class and would be very grateful if you
                                             have a picture you could sign for me. Thank you very much for your time,
                                             Chuck P.


A-5782   Defense and Military   2003.04.10   Dear Tom,
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                                       As I was watching Saddam's statue fall to the ground and the elated free Iraqi
                                       people, I couldn't help but be thankful that this administration "failed so
                                       miserably at diplomacy" in this matter. Without this "failure", I would not have
                                       witnessed this historic event. However, if your position would have won the
                                       day, Hans Blix would walking the Iraqi countryside with his head up his butt.
                                       Thanks for your support in this matter.

                                       Ron K.


A-5783   Communications   2003.04.10   My wife, Jackie, was contacted by a German owned cruise line to work on an
                                       Alaskan Cruise as an RN for dialysis patients. It was to be a working vacation.
                                       She was given a plane ticket to go to Seattle then board the ship for the
                                       Alaskan cruise. She made it to Minneapolis and it stormed she was unable to
                                       make her connections and missed the ship. Jackie W. was essential in the
                                       cruise for about 7 patients, but missed her the ship and had to come home.
                                       What we need help on is this. She made quite a few cell phone calls to the
                                       ship to discuss her situation, she paid via credit card. She was charged about
                                       $500.00 and we get no reply by contacting them, we even stupidly tryed to
                                       call again and were charged another $50.00. Is this something you can help
                                       us on? we can give you more details again.

                                       Sincerely,

                                       A liberal democrat who thinks Bush lacks Diplomacy,

                                       Roger W.


A-5785   Communications   2003.04.10   Dear Congressman,

                                       My wife Jackie, was contacted by a German owned cruise line to work on an
                                       Alaskan Cruiseship for two weeks as an RN for dialysis patients. It was to be a
                                       working vacation. She was given a plane ticket to go to Seattle then board the
                                       ship for the Alaskan cruise. She made it to Minneapolis and it stormed she
                                       was unable to make her connections and missed the ship. Jackie W. was
                                       essential in the cruise for about 7 patients, but missed her the ship and had to
                                       come home. What we need help on is this. She made quite a few cell phone
                                       calls to the ship from her grounded Plane to discuss her situation, she paid via
                                       credit card. She was charged about $500.00 and we get no reply by
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                                        contacting the ship and really cant find out who to contact for sure in regard
                                        to who got the money, we even stupidly tried to call again and were charged
                                        another $50.00. Is this something you can help us on? We can give you more
                                        details again. Since we are dealing with the international community we do
                                        not know where to turn.

                                        Sincerely,

                                        Roger W., SD


A-5787   Judicial Issues   2003.04.10   Senator Daschle, this request may be way off base, but I am hoping you, or a
                                        member of your staff, could help me find a piece of information about the
                                        Supreme Court. In 1869, Congress raised the number of Justices to 9. For a
                                        political science class I am taking from Dakota State University, I have been
                                        tasked with trying to find a reason this was done. After an exhaustive search
                                        on the internet, I have not been able to find any specific reason for the
                                        change. Could you please let me know what the reasoning behind that
                                        decision was? Thank you in advance for any help you can give me.


A-5788   Business and      2003.04.10   Dear Senator Daschle,
         Economic
         Development                    I know this is a bust time for you, but I find I must write and ask you to use
                                        whatever pressure you can exert to help Lead in it's time of need.

                                        The Rapid city Journal this morning published an article stating that Barricks
                                        has decided to flood the mine, thus rendering it useless as the Underground
                                        Lab.

                                        I know you understand how important this issue is to the citizens of LEad,
                                        Lawrence County, West River and the entire state of South Dakota.

                                        I know there is a fund available for Barricks to use to keep the pumps going
                                        while our legislators figure out a way to imdemnify Barricks.

                                        This is much too important an issue to remain political.

                                        Please help us.
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                                    Thanks you also for your service to South Dakota in this time of war and the
                                    political side stepping that must be handled.

                                    I appreciate all you have done for this state.

                                    Sincerely,

                                    Stuart A. K., SD


A-5789   Environment   2003.04.10   Sen. Thomas Daschle
                                    509 Hart Senate Office Building
                                    Washington, DC 20510-4103

                                    Dear Senator Daschle,

                                    As a citizen concerned about the plight of some of the planet's most critically
                                    threatened animals--tigers, rhinos, elephants, great apes, and neotropical
                                    migratory birds--I urge you to sign the members' letter to the Interior
                                    appropriations subcommittee in support of the Multinational Species
                                    Conservation Fund. This letter requests $2 million each for the Asian Elephant
                                    Fund, the African Elephant Fund, and the Great Ape Fund; $3 million for the
                                    combined Rhino-Tiger Fund; and $5 million for the Neotropical Migratory Bird
                                    Fund. Funds allocated in previous years are making an enormous difference.
                                    Grants from the Multinational Species Conservation Fund have significantly
                                    improved the status of elephants and rhinos in southern Africa, rhinos in
                                    Nepal, and tigers in Russia. Black rhinos, whose numbers plummeted from
                                    70,000 in 1970 to 2,500 in 1993, are recovering in many places and now may
                                    number 3,100. Sumatran rhinos have stabilized at 300, thanks entirely to
                                    rhino protection units supported by the fund. These successes demonstrate
                                    that a species can recover if sufficient and reliable resources are provided for
                                    antipoaching, habitat protection, disease control, public education, and
                                    measures to increase compatibility with humans. There are still many
                                    unfulfilled needs. Burgeoning human populations in India and Indonesia have
                                    fractured habitat and isolated tiger, rhino, and elephant populations. Great
                                    apes in the Congo Basin and in Indonesia struggle for survival against disease,
                                    habitat reduction, and an increasingly commercialized trade in bushmeat.
                                    People continue to poach elephants, rhinos, and tigers for ivory, horn, and
                                    body parts. Environmental contaminants and loss of habitat south of the U.S.
                                    border have decimated neotropical migratory bird populations once common
                                    in this country. Many of the countries where these species are found cannot
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                                             muster the resources to meet the needs of both people and wildlife.
                                             Continued support from the Multinational Species Conservation Fund is the
                                             only hope for the future of these wildlife species.

                                             The Multinational Species Conservation Fund has been especially effective in
                                             encouraging local and international matching contributions from governments
                                             and private organizations. The program's $23 million in grants during the
                                             past 12 years has leveraged almost $100 million in additional funding for
                                             these programs, including $14 million alone during the first year of neotropical
                                             migratory bird grants. Organizations representing sportsmen, zoos, circuses,
                                             veterinarians, conservationists, and animal protection groups support these
                                             programs. Please do all you can to increase funding for this program in fiscal
                                             2004. Continued support by the United States will help conserve highly
                                             threatened species; create a positive image of America in Asia, Africa, and
                                             Latin America; and encourage public-private partnerships throughout the
                                             world.

                                             Sincerely,

                                             leigh r., SD


A-5790   Judicial Issues        2003.04.10   Please give me your official address where I could send you a letter; thank
                                             you very much Senator Daschle - I look forward to hearing from you at your
                                             earliest convenience. I presently reside in Japan so I could not give my state
                                             address.


A-5791   Defense and Military   2003.04.10   Senator Daschle,

                                             First, I hope that you remember my brother, Matt S. Although he was on the
                                             other side of ideological fence (than you and I), he had great respect for you.
                                             The story of you calling his wife, Sandy, and patching things up after a marital
                                             scuffle is now family legend.

                                             Although I grew up in South Dakota, I now live in Minnesota and I would have
                                             to characterize myself as a "Paul Wellstone Democrat". Until your well-
                                             publicized statement illuminating the diplomatic ineptitude of G.W., I honestly
                                             felt that I no longer had a voice in Washington. Thank you for putting that
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                                          statement in context but not backing down from it.

                                          I hope that when there is a perceived resolution to this horror in Iraq that you
                                          will continue the GOOD fight and not relent in the exposure of the brazen
                                          corruption and conflicts of interest that guide the actions of the Bush
                                          administration. The Halliburton scandal is, of course, just the tip of the
                                          iceburg. What about Sec'y Rumsfeld's dealings with North Korea through
                                          ABB? Somewhere in all of this must be the ammunition to do in at least a
                                          chunk of this administration.

                                          Please know that there are a few us who have not been brainwashed by the
                                          state-run cable news channels. We need a champion to step up and confront
                                          these fascists (the most charitable word I can summon), without regard to a
                                          political cost. I, like many, fear that this short-sighted, ghastly war in Iraq is
                                          only the beginning of a larger confilct from which no good can come.

                                          Thank you for your dedication to peace, diplomacy, and the truth. Please
                                          continue your exemplary leadership.

                                          Sincerely,

                                          Jason W., MN


A-5808   Indian Affairs      2003.04.10   Senator Daschle,

                                          Recently, I received a telephone call soliciting money for the Indians in South
                                          Dakota. The lady went on and on telling me of the plight of the Indians in
                                          your state. If the Indians in your state are having such a tough time, why
                                          don't you take a break from criticizing Pres. Bush and go home and take care
                                          of your own? I'm sure the Indians would appreciate it, and I know that the
                                          patriotic Americans who support our godly President would also.


A-5809   IMPROVE IDEA with   2003.04.10   Sen. Thomas Daschle
         Early Behavioral                 United States Senate
         Interventions                    509 Hart Senate Office Building
                                          Washington, D.C. 20510-4103
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                               To Sen. Daschle:

                               As a school administrator and constituent concerned about positive youth
                               development and delinquency prevention, I urge you to oppose the current
                               version of the discipline provisions in the House bill to reform the Individuals
                               with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), H.R. 1350.

                               H.R. 1350 contains language that removes the protections set forth in the Act
                               for due process and the provision of appropriate education and services for
                               students with disabilities. Eliminating these requirements for manifestation
                               determinations, functional behavioral assessments and other key protections
                               will have significant impact on all students with disabilities, particularly those
                               students most at risk of academic failure, dropout and delinquency. Rather
                               than remove protections that ensure disruptive behaviors are being
                               appropriately addressed with research-based interventions, I am asking that
                               you support changes to IDEA that promote early identification of emotional
                               and behavioral problems and the implementation of interventions and services
                               to reduce such behaviors.

                               I understand and agree that reducing the number of unnecessary referrals to
                               special education is a top priority for this reauthorization. There is widespread
                               support for strengthening early reading interventions as a means of reducing
                               the number of youth unnecessarily referred to special education. The National
                               Academy of Sciences' report on Minority Students in Special and Gifted
                               Education (2001) found that after reading difficulties, behavioral problems are
                               the second most common reason for referral to special education.

                               As such, the use of early behavioral interventions as a means of reducing
                               special education referrals should also be given increased support. These
                               interventions not only reduce unnecessary referrals by addressing problem
                               behaviors, they also improve overall classroom behavior and academic
                               achievement. Research on effective programs indicates that many student
                               discipline problems can be significantly mitigated with the use of positive
                               behavioral supports, social skills training, and other prevention and early
                               intervention programs. Greater support for these types of programs and
                               services, and better guidance on proper implementation of IDEA, would serve
                               to prevent and address many of the discipline problems school personnel
                               face. I believe this approach to student discipline is a more proactive, child-
                               focused solution to the perceived problems with the IDEA discipline provisions.

                               The language proposed in H.R. 1350 would open the door for schools to
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                               indiscriminately expel students with disabilities for demonstrating certain
                               behaviors. I believe that this change is overly broad and will punish students
                               for behaviors that are disability-related. Rather than allowing disruptive
                               behavior to escalate to the point of suspension or expulsion, I believe that
                               behavior issues should be identified early and be properly addressed.

                               Related services personnel, including school psychologists, should conduct a
                               functional behavioral assessment (FBA) and assure that appropriate Behavior
                               Intervention Plans (BIP) are implemented. Furthermore, when behavior
                               problems arise, a review of a child's IEP can help determine whether
                               appropriate interventions were provided and if modifications are needed to
                               improve behavior. The discipline language in H.R. 1350 would allow a school
                               to remove a student from his current setting whether or not appropriate
                               services had been identified and implemented.

                               The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and other education
                               and mental health organizations are working to promote the use of proactive
                               discipline and other behavioral interventions, and to build upon the use of
                               mental health services currently provided under IDEA. I ask you to support
                               this effort and to help strengthen the use of mental health services in the
                               general education setting, prior to referral for special education and/or
                               occurrence of repeated behaviors that lead to suspension and expulsion. I
                               also ask you to support effective alternative educational programs for any
                               student who is suspended or expelled.

                               I also ask you to strengthen your commitment to improving education through
                               support for a significant and sustained federal investment and mandatory full
                               funding for IDEA. This includes a significant increase for Part D, Grants to
                               improve services and results for children with disabilities. To ensure adequate
                               academic opportunity and identification of any academic, emotional or
                               behavioral barriers to learning, all children should receive services from the
                               best-trained and qualified instructors and related services personnel. As such,
                               personnel preparation is an area of critical importance deserving greater
                               federal investment and attention. In addition to quality pre-service education,
                               ongoing professional development must be provided to school staff, including
                               related services personnel, general educators and administrators. So that
                               more students who could benefit from services are identified early,
                               professional development and consultation on behavioral interventions are
                               critical. Personnel preparation grants are crucial to ensuring an adequate
                               supply of qualified, trained related services personnel and to reducing
                               excessively high caseloads and staff-student ratios, thus providing the highest
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                                        quality of services to students and their families.

                                        Thank you for your consideration of these important issues. IDEA is an
                                        important law that deserves your close attention during its reauthorization. I
                                        would be happy to be a resource for you regarding the challenges and
                                        concerns facing the students, families and services providers in your state and
                                        district. Please feel free to contact me or to contact NASP at [redacted] if you
                                        are interested in further discussing these issues or the provisions referenced
                                        in this letter.

                                        Sincerely,

                                        Keith F., SD


A-5810   Perkins Funding   2003.04.10   Sen. Thomas Daschle
                                        United States Senate
                                        509 Hart Senate Office Building
                                        Washington, D.C. 20510-4103

                                        Dear Sen. Daschle:

                                        I want to take this opportunity to thank you for supporting Technical
                                        Education by voting yes to support the restoring funds for Perkins. The Perkins
                                        funds are essential for us as Agriculture Educators to deliver quality education
                                        to our students. Again thanks and keep up the good work.

                                        Sincerely yours,

                                        Myron J., SD


B-266    Energy            2003.04.10   Dear Senator Thomas Daschle,

                                        I am writing to urge you to oppose the omnibus energy legislation.

                                        Our nation's energy plan should include strong CAFE standards to reduce our
                                        reliance on oil, commit the nation to reasonable renewable energy
                                        requirements, and protect our precious natural areas like the Arctic Refuge for
                                        generations to come. Without these assurances, we're left with an energy
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                                             executive's wish list disguised as energy policy.

                                             We're better off with no energy bill at all than the pro-drilling, pro-nuclear,
                                             anti-environmental legislation that is currently before you. I look forward to
                                             hearing how you will address this important issue.

                                             Sincerely,

                                             Steven B., SD


B-1491   Defense and Military   2003.04.10   mr daschle...

                                             i believe you owe the president and the american people, including especially
                                              south dakota, an apology. you have undermined the presidents efforts to
                                              contain terrorism and halt global proliferation of wmd. i will do whatever i
                                              can, to help to defeat you in your next election campaign if you are dumb
                                              enough to pursue an additional term. your lack of judgement and blind
                                              political ambition and partisanship is an embarrassment to all of us here in
                                              south dakota.

                                             do the american public and take pelosi,kerry, and all the other misguided left
                                             wingers and move to france with the "former" un representative of iraq. i am
                                             sure you will love the company....

                                             tim m., sd....


B-1536   Veterans               2003.04.10   Senator Daschle-

                                             I just read this quote from Limbaugh, Can this be true? I feel this is a slap-in-
                                             the-face to every vet who served this great country.

                                             Thank you, A Vietnam Vet, Ed

                                             By Rush Limbaugh

                                             I think the vast differences in compensation between the victims of the
                                             September 11th casualty, and those who die serving the country in uniform,
                                             are profound. No one is really talking about it either because you just don't
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                               criticize anything having to do with September 11th.

                               Well, I just can't let the numbers pass by because it says something really
                               disturbing about the entitlement mentality of this country.

                               If you lost a family member in the September 11th attack, you're going to get
                               an average of $1,185,000. The range is a minimum guarantee of $250,000,
                               all the way up to $4.7 million.

                               If you are a surviving family member of an American soldier killed in action,
                               the first check you get is a $6,000 direct death benefit, half of which is
                               taxable. Next, you get $1,750 for burial costs. If you are the surviving spouse,
                               you get $833 a month until you remarry. And there's a payment of $211 per
                               month for each child under 18. When the child hits 18, those payments come
                               to a screeching halt.

                               Keep in mind that some of the people that are getting an average of $1.185
                               million up to $4.7 million are complaining that it's not enough.

                               We also learned over the weekend that some of the victims from the
                               Oklahoma City bombing have started an organization asking for the same deal
                               that the September 11th families are getting. In addition to that, some of the
                               families of those bombed in the embassies are now asking for compensation
                               as well .You see where this is going, don't you?

                               Folks, this is part and parcel of over fifty years of entitlement politics in this
                               country. It's just really sad.

                               Every time when a pay raise comes up for the military they usually receive
                               next to nothing of a raise. Now the green machine is in combat in the Middle
                               East while their families have to survive on food stamps and live in low rent
                               housing.

                               However our own U.S. Congress just voted themselves a raise, and many of
                               you don't know that they only have to be in Congress one-time to receive a
                               pension that is more than $15,000 per month and most are now equal to be
                               millionaires plus. They also do not receive Social Security on retirement
                               because they didn't have to pay into the system. If some of the military
                               people stay in for 20 years and get out as an E-7 ! you may receive a pension
                               of $1,000 per month, and the very people who placed you in harms way
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                                        receive a pension of $15,000 per month.

                                        I would like to see our elected officials pick up a weapon and join ranks before
                                        they start cutting out benefits and lowering pay for our sons and daughters
                                        who are now fighting.


A-1036   Business and      2003.04.11   The Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, S.659, is coming up for US
         Economic                       Senate approval. Your support is needed to help get it passed. The US House
         Development                    of Representatives passed it yesterday (10 apr). These frivolous lawsuits
                                        against gun manufacturers for political purposes are a disgrace and abuse of
                                        our legal system. What some of these anti-gun groups have not been able to
                                        do through the voting booth, through lobbying, and through the media, they
                                        are now trying to accomplish by driving law-abiding gun manufacturers out of
                                        business through unfounded lawsuits and blackmail tactics. The White House
                                        issued a statement strongly supporting this bill, saying it would "help prevent
                                        abuse of the legal system and help curb the growing problem of frivolous
                                        lawsuits."


A-2803   Judicial Issues   2003.04.11   Please join Tim Johnson and support the "common sense" legislation of The
                                        Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, S.659


A-4288   ANWR              2003.04.11   Sen. Thomas Daschle
                                        United States Senate
                                        509 Hart Senate Office Building
                                        Washington, D.C. 20510-4103

                                        Dear Sen. Daschle:

                                        Thank you for voting for the Boxer-Chafee amendment and protecting the
                                        Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska.

                                        Sincerely,

                                        bob k., SD
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A-5670   Public Welfare         2003.04.11   Dear Senator Thomas A. Daschle:

                                             I am contacting my members of Congress regarding an issue of concern tome.
                                             TAXES ON MY HOME PHONE!!!!!

                                             Sincerely,

                                             Jim P., SD


A-5801   Defense and Military   2003.04.11   Senator Daschle

                                             The purpose of this letter is to ask of your opinion upon the mandatory
                                             military service bill proposed by Reps. Conyers and Rangel. I am writing my
                                             term paper for an honors english course stating that mandatory military
                                             service would provide for military that is more rounded and representative of
                                             the U.S. population. I understand that this bill was defeated, but I would
                                             appreciate your comments on the situation as to give my paper more depth
                                             and insight from the floors of Washington.

                                             Thank you for your time.

                                             Kevin Z.


A-5802   Banking                2003.04.11   Dear Senator Daschle:

                                             I am e-mailing you to let you know that I am very disappointed in you for
                                             siding with the Republicans and some of your Democratic Senators in
                                             accepting the Bankruptcy Bill that you folks are pushing in favor of the credit
                                             card industry and the Banking folks. It will make it so difficult for people like
                                             me, for instance my wife was in the hospital in February and March for Gall-
                                             Bladder Surgery and then she contracted a dreadful infection that put her in
                                             the hospital for 14 days suffered greatly and with the Doctor and Hospital Bills
                                             they came to $70,000.00 and of course we don't have any health insurance,
                                             please tell me what to do. My wife is 63 and I am 67 and all we have is S S
                                             my wife gets $487.00 a month and I receive $547.00 a month we are not
                                             spring chickens anymore, I wrote to Senator Graham but no results, got a
                                             letter and sent back some information but have not heard anything. If you
                                             and the Republicans want to change the Bankruptcy Law why don't ypou
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                                       change where the wealthy aren't able to deduct tjhier multi-million dollar
                                       homes don't take it out on the poor I guarantee you we don't have homes that
                                       fall into that catagory. I watched you on the Senate Floor today, why don't
                                       you just let the Republicans have thier way with the budget and when the
                                       country goes to ---- we know who to blame. Herbert Hoover all over again.
                                       Who do you folks work for the credit card and banking folks or do you try and
                                       represent the ordinary people? I know that the credit card and banking have
                                       given much money to the Senators and Congressman for thier votes shame
                                       shame we all know who they are, so please try to do better for us. I'm not
                                       from South Dakota but my grandmother was born in Elk Point maybe you
                                       know where it is. I have many relatives in S. D. Please don't take this e-mail
                                       personally but I am concerned.

                                       Thanks for listening

                                       Robert P.


A-5803   Public Welfare   2003.04.11   Senator Daschle,

                                       I am writing in concern to The Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act,
                                       S.659. I have recently recieved information that you have not yet shown your
                                       support for this bill. As a South Dakota citizen I hope you will reflect the
                                       interests of the state and show your support for this bill. I see Senator
                                       Johnson and most of the senators from the surrounding states have already
                                       shown support and I hope you will follow.

                                       South Dakota is a unique state that is known nationwide for numerous
                                       aspects. Just remember that hunting and the outdoors are a big part of South
                                       Dakota when considering this bill.

                                       Thank you for your time and consideration.

                                       Sincerely yours,

                                       Lucas D. T.
                                       Student, University of North Dakota
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A-5804   Communications          2003.04.11   Hello,

                                              I am writing to ask if Senator Daschle could please send a letter of
                                              congratulations to my closest friend, David P. and his fiance Michelle R.,
                                              concerning their recent marriage engagement. While they currently live in
                                              Maryland, the majority of David's family is from your state of South Dakota.
                                              A letter from Senator Daschle would really make this occassion special for the
                                              couple (if it were sent by May 10 it would be terrific). Thank you for you
                                              consideration. Their address is:

                                              David P and Michelle R.
                                              [address redacted], MD


A-5805   Voice of a registered   2003.04.11   Sen. Thomas Daschle
         voter                                United States Senate
                                              509 Hart Senate Office Building
                                              Washington, D.C. 20510-4103

                                              Dear Sen. Daschle:

                                              I am writing today to urge you to introduce a companion bill in the Senate to
                                              H.R. 685, which seeks to repeal a detrimental provision of the Higher
                                              Education Act that denies federal financial aid to any student with a drug
                                              conviction.

                                              According to the Department of Education, a record 48,629 students lost their
                                              financial aid eligibility during the 2001-2002 school year because of this
                                              provision, while countless others failed to apply altogether because they
                                              believed that their past convictions would render them ineligible. It is
                                              projected that during the 2002-2003 school year an additional 35,098
                                              students will be denied aid. In total, a whopping 92,841 students have been
                                              denied financial aid since the Bush administration started rigorously enforcing
                                              this provision.

                                              Denying financial aid to students hurts only those students who need the aid,
                                              namely, children of lower income families. Children of the well-to-do need not
                                              worry about losing their college opportunities; they can afford the quality legal
                                              representation necessary to avoid drug convictions as well as the price of
                                              tuition without financial aid. Young ex-offenders are likely to be adversely
                                              effected by setbacks like the inability to raise money for tuition, and may be
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                                    sent into a downward spiral toward failure. While no one wants to encourage
                                    drug use, neither should we take away an individual's opportunity to obtain an
                                    education for such a minor offense as smoking marijuana. Please help restore
                                    eligibility for student loans to students convicted of minor, nonviolent
                                    marijuana offenses by introducing a companion bill to H.R. 685.

                                    Sincerely,

                                    Sebastian W., SD


A-5806   Health        2003.04.11   Honorable Senator Daschle,

                                    Less than one year ago in Yankton, a beautiful, state of the art subspecialty
                                    hospital was opened by a group of independent surgeons. The community has
                                    welcomed the facility with open arms and appreciates the choice it gives
                                    them. The City of Yankton appreciates the increase in its tax base and the
                                    addition of new jobs and related economic growth near the facility. The plan
                                    for this hospital grew out of frustration in working in the local hospital
                                    (monopoly) system. In the large hospital setting it was difficult to purchase
                                    new state of the art equipment, difficult to perform operations efficiently,
                                    and difficult to implement positive changes in any process. This group of
                                    surgeons strongly felt that it was our patients that suffered under such a
                                    system and we felt we had no methods to change the problems that glared us
                                    in the face each day. At first we attempted to arrange a joint venture with
                                    our local hospital but it became quickly obvious that our goals were not
                                    compatible. We could not come close to a mutually acceptable arrangement.
                                    In particular they would not allow surgeons the control we felt was necessary
                                    to assure our patients had the best care available. Senator Stark(tm)s
                                    Hospital Investment Act would essentially kill subspecialty hospitals. He
                                    seems to feel that doctors are sneaking around trying to make money by
                                    cheating the full service hospitals. I feel that this characterization is untrue
                                    and unjust. These type of facilities will only exist in markets that are large
                                    enough to support medium to large hospitals so will not affect smaller
                                    hospitals at all. Studies have shown that while initially income from large
                                    hospitals will be down slightly, the recruitment of new surgeons to the area
                                    (made possible by the facility) will bring a net increase to the hospital within 5
                                    years. Most surgeons that come will do surgery at both facilities as the cases
                                    that can be done at a subspecialty hospital are limited by a number of factors
                                    including insurance, complexity, and patient choice. Our patients love this
                                    facility because of the quality of care which they receive. We take a fierce
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                                          pride in our reputation and do not skim or skimp as Mr. Stark charges. We
                                          realize that patients do want a choice and we are providing it. We realize that
                                          in Yankton we are a small entity that is not a match for our large local
                                          hospital, nor are we trying to be. The local not for profit hospital here owns
                                          the only nursing home (large), assisted living, home healthcare supply,
                                          oxygen respirator services, condominiums, rehab center, fitness center, and
                                          many other branches. We do not desire to compete in these areas, but only
                                          to excel in what we do and do best surgery. Thank you for taking the time to
                                          read this letter. We would appreciate your support on this issue.

                                          Paula H., MD, ophthalmology, SD


A-5807   Trade               2003.04.11   Support Tim Johnson and vote for South Dakota citizens voice for protection
                                          against anti-gun lobbist. Support "common sense" legislation of the Protection
                                          of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, S.659.

                                          Thank you


A-5827   Seniors             2003.04.11   We have here at Parkview Apartments in-----, SD a Lady named Agnes R.-M.,
                                          born in SD (Sioux Falls, I think). April 15 she will be 100 years old. She is in
                                          very good health and has seen many of America's conflicts and wars. She is
                                          very patriotic and I think an acknowledgement from you of her birthday (she
                                          is very humble) will top her life. She is always involved with the elections and
                                          her stories of other times and elections are invaluable to our generatioons in
                                          this small town. There is a party for her here at Partkview Apartments, she
                                          will be at for the party at 12:30 pm on April 15. Gov. Rounds has been so
                                          kind to send a Proclomation and Senator Tim Johnson. I tried to send to you
                                          before but it did not go through. I have also sent to Pres. Bush just so you
                                          can be updated. A premature thank you for taking what time you can to
                                          recognize our seniors. ! Linda.


A-5828   Developing an IEP   2003.04.11   Sen. Thomas Daschle
         under IDEA                       United States Senate
                                          509 Hart Senate Office Building
                                          Washington, D.C. 20510-4103
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                               Dear Sen. Daschle:

                               The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is the largest professional
                               organization of teachers, administrators, parents, and others concerned with
                               the education of children with disabilities, giftedness, or both.

                               As a member of CEC, I am writing to express our views with respect to
                               developing Individual Education Programs (IEPs) under the Individuals with
                               Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), which is up for reauthorization this year.

                               CEC recommends eliminating short-term objectives and benchmarks under
                               the current IEP requirements. IDEA '97 requires that, to the extent that the
                               parents of children without disabilities are regularly informed of their child's
                               progress, parents of children with disabilities must be regularly informed (by
                               such means as periodic report cards) of their child's progress toward attaining
                               annual IEP measurable goals as well as the extent to which such progress is
                               sufficient to enable the child to achieve the measurable goals by the end of
                               the year. This must occur at least quarterly, although it can also occur more
                               frequently. Such reporting requirements will yield more instructionally
                               relevant information to be used by teachers as well as reported to parents
                               regarding a student's progress, and provide a clear and more appropriate
                               accountability mechanism for monitoring and reporting a student's progress
                               than do short-term objectives.

                               CEC recommends allowing schools to develop a 3-year IEP (in lieu of an
                               annual IEP) for each child or youth with a disability, with IEP goals coinciding
                               with natural transition points for the child or youth, including measurable
                               annual goals for measuring progress (taking the place of short-term
                               objectives) that are tied to the general education curriculum content
                               standards as well as other annual goals, such as life skills, self-advocacy,
                               social skills, desired post school outcomes, and other goals deemed
                               appropriate for the child or youth by the IEP team.

                               CEC believes that the current requirement to comprehensively review and
                               revise the IEP should continue, but instead take place at natural transition
                               points for the child (rather than annually). In the intervening 2 years between
                               these comprehensive reviews, CEC believes that the law should provide for a
                               streamlined annual IEP review meeting focusing on what really matters - that
                               is, the child's current levels of performance and progress towards meeting the
                               measurable annual goals - and from that review determine if any additions or
                               modifications to the special education and related services are needed to
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                               enable the child to meet the measurable annual goals set out in the IEP.

                               Consistent with IDEA's current performance reporting requirements, CEC
                               believes that schools must (1) regularly inform the parents of a child with a
                               disability of the extent to which their child is progressing towards meeting the
                               goals of the IEP (including measurable annual goals and 3-year IEP goals
                               coinciding with natural transition points for the child); and (2) inform the
                               parent of the extent to which that progress is sufficient to enable the child to
                               achieve the measurable annual goals by the end of the school year, as well as
                               the 3-year IEP goals coinciding with natural transition points for the child. If
                               the child is making sufficient progress toward meeting each of the measurable
                               annual goals of the IEP by the end of the school year and such progress
                               continues to be deemed sufficient to enable the child to attain the 3-year
                               annual IEP goals coinciding with natural transition points for the child, the IEP
                               Team would not be required to conduct a comprehensive annual review and
                               revision of the IEP.

                               Instead the IEP Team would conduct a streamlined annual IEP review process
                               in intervening years between natural transition points (at which time the
                               comprehensive review would be required), unless the child's parents or
                               teacher called for a more comprehensive review and revision of the IEP.

                               If the child is not making sufficient progress toward attaining each of the
                               measurable annual goals (which must be documented in the performance
                               reports to parents and provided to parents at least quarterly) this lack of
                               adequate progress would automatically trigger an IEP review meeting, which
                               is not required under current law. The trigger would occur when a child's
                               documented performance is insufficient to ensure he or she will attain one or
                               more annual goals, rather than waiting for the scheduled annual IEP review, in
                               order to determine whether any additions or modifications to the annual IEP
                               goals, special education and related services, or a change in placement is
                               needed.

                               I hope you will consider making these changes to the current IEP
                               requirements as reauthorization activity proceeds in Congress.

                               I look forward to collaborating with you to ensure that the federal
                               commitment to education programs for children with disabilities and gifts and
                               talents is strengthened.

                               If you have any questions about CEC's IDEA Reauthorization
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                                     Recommendations, or are in need of additional resource information from the
                                     Council for Exceptional Children, please contact Deborah A. Ziegler, Assistant
                                     Executive Director for Public Policy.

                                     Sincerely,

                                     Kristi O., SD


A-5831   Water Issues   2003.04.11   Dear Senator Daschle,

                                     I would like to call attention to Senate bill S.473.IS The Clean Water Authority
                                     Restoration Act of 2003. This bill would re-establish federal jurisdiction over
                                     isolated non-navigable potholes, sloughs, wetlands etc. deregulated by EPA in
                                     January. I believe this would be very detrimental to the livestock business in
                                     South Dakota. As you know, my area of South Dakota contains very numerous
                                     disconnected sloughs and potholes. I believe state and local authorities could
                                     more fairly regulate these areas and I urge a no vote on this bill.

                                          Thank you

                                          Kenny V.


B-379    Energy         2003.04.11   Dear Senator Daschle:

                                     I ask you to vote against any measure that would open ANWR to drilling.
                                     Even the House Energy and Commerce Chairman, Representative Billy Tauzin,
                                     has conceded that ANWR "would not dramatically reduce US reliance on
                                     foreign oil" (The Oil and Gas Journal Sept 30, 2002).If that is truly the case,
                                     what is the purpose of opening ANWR to drilling? Isn't it time to shift gears
                                     and find other sources of energy?

                                     Take it from American Gas Association Chairman William Michael Warren,
                                     "Innovative exploration and production technologies alone won't be able to
                                     produce enough new natural gas to keep up with demand. No matter how
                                     many ways you improve a drinking straw, if you keep sticking that straw into
                                     the same milkshake, at some point the glass is going to be empty. The same
                                     is true of existing natural gas and oil fields. At some point, we will need to
                                     explore new ones, and that day is coming sooner rather than later" (The Oil
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                                           and Gas Journal Sept 30, 2002).

                                           An empty glass is an empty glass..period.

                                           Sincerely,

                                           Paul H., SD


B-644    Other                2003.04.11   Dear Senator Thomas Daschle,

                                           The extremist gun lobby is pushing legislation (S. 659) that would take away
                                           legal rights of gun violence victims and provide special legal protection for the
                                           gun industry at the expense of innocent Americans who have been harmed by
                                           the dangerous and irresponsible actions of firearm manufacturers and sellers.
                                           The gun industry should be subject to the same legal standards of conduct
                                           that govern all other people and industries in society.

                                           I urge you to OPPOSE S. 659, legislation that will deprive gun violence victims
                                           of their rights in court.

                                           Please let me know how you intend to proceed on this issue.

                                           George M., SD


B-1743   Government Affairs   2003.04.11   Thank you for your opposition to Senator Hatch's efforts to make the USA
                                           PATRIOT act permanent. As your constituant, I feel that the sunset provision
                                           of the USA PATRIOT act is very important, and I hope the legislation will
                                           expire in 2005 according to plan.


A-174    guaranteed health    2003.04.12   Sen. Thomas Daschle
         care                              United States Senate
                                           509 Hart Senate Office Building
                                           Washington, D.C. 20510-4103

                                           Sen. Daschle:

                                           I am writing to request your support of legislation for guaranteed health care
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                               funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care system. In
                               January 2003, Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD) introduced S. 50. This bill would
                               shift VA medical care from a discretionary to a guaranteed funding program
                               and help to ensure that all veterans eligible for care in the VA health care
                               system have access to timely, quality health care. A leadership bill (S. 19),
                               introduced by Senator Tom Daschle (D-SD), also recognized the need for
                               guaranteed funding for VA health care

                               Currently, the law requires that the VA Secretary "shall" furnish hospital care
                               and medical services, but only to the extent Congress has provided money to
                               cover the costs of the care. Due to perennially inadequate health care
                               budgets, the VA health care system can no longer meet the needs of our
                               nation's service-connected disabled veterans. Continued funding shortfalls for
                               veterans' health care, combined with rising costs for care and increased
                               demand for services, has resulted in unprecedented waiting times for routine
                               and specialized medical services nationwide. I am especially concerned about
                               how this has hampered timely access to quality health care for our nation's
                               service-connected veterans, including those most severely disabled. This
                               situation has reached a critical point with no sign of abatement. This is no
                               way to honor America's obligation to the brave men and women who have so
                               honorably served our nation. Year after year, veterans fight for sufficient
                               funding for VA health care and a budget that is reflective of the rising cost of
                               health care and increased demand for medical services.

                               Despite these continued efforts, the cumulative effects of insufficient health
                               care funding have now resulted in the rationing of medical care. This situation
                               is unacceptable. As a concerned citizen, and beneficiary of the service and
                               sacrifice of veterans, I want our government to fully honor its moral obligation
                               to provide timely and adequate health care services to wartime service-
                               connected disabled veterans. The discretionary appropriations process
                               unfairly subjects disabled veterans to the annual funding competition for
                               limited discretionary resources. Providing quality, timely health care services
                               for veterans disabled as a result of military service should be a top priority. In
                               a time when more veterans are turning to VA for care, it is unconscionable
                               that VA must reduce services, close enrollment and ration care due to
                               insufficient funding. S. 50 and S. 19 will end rationing of health care for sick
                               and disabled veterans that currently exists because of the discretionary
                               funding process. This bill would make guarantee an adequate level of funding
                               for VA health care. It would also eliminate the year-to-year uncertainty about
                               funding levels that has prevented VA from being able to adequately plan for
                               and meet the growing needs of veterans seeking treatment. Guaranteed
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                                          funding would not create an individual entitlement to health care, nor would it
                                          change the VA's current mission. I hope you will join in this effort by
                                          supporting S. 50 and S.19, legislation to shift VA health care funding to a
                                          guaranteed program. I appreciate your prompt consideration of my request.
                                          Please respond in writing with your views on this important issue.

                                          Sincerely,

                                          ROBERT E. C.


A-181   Government Affairs   2003.04.12   As constituents of yours, we strongly urge you to support and to cosponsor
                                          Senate Joint Resolution 1, which provides for a Crime Victims' Rights
                                          Constitutional Amendment. Right now, criminal defendants have over 20
                                          constitutional rights guaranteed to them, but crime victims have none.
                                          Victims are often not notified when a criminal has been paroled or escaped,
                                          not able to present the impact of the crime to a jury before sentencing, and
                                          not even allowed in the courtroom to face the defendant. Current laws are not
                                          enough. Even in states with strong victims' rights laws, victims are not
                                          notified of bail release over half of the time. Additionally, the current federal
                                          laws which give victims the right to be present at all public court hearings and
                                          the right to present impact statements at sentencing hearings in capital cases
                                          are not being enforced. Even in the Oklahoma City bombing, victims were
                                          forced to choose between impact statements and attendance at the
                                          proceedings, in violation of the current federal law. To remedy these injustices
                                          towards those already victimized by crime, Senators Jon Kyl (R-AZ) and
                                          Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) introduced the Crime Victims' Rights Amendment.
                                          The amendment would grant victims of violent crime the rights to reasonable
                                          and timely notice of any public proceeding involving the crime and of any
                                          release or escape of the accused, to not be excluded from such public
                                          proceedings and reasonably to be heard at public release, plea, sentencing,
                                          reprieve, and pardon proceedings, and to adjudicative decisions that consider
                                          the victim's safety, interest in avoiding unreasonable delay, and just and
                                          timely claims to restitution from the offender. It has been crafted to avoid
                                          hurting the rights of the accused while protecting those who have already lost
                                          so much. In short, we believe that a constitutional amendment to protect
                                          victims' rights is the right thing to do for victims and for the system. We
                                          would like to hear that you will co-sponsor S.J. Res. 1, an important
                                          constitutional change that gives a voice to American crime victims.
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                                           Thank you for your time and consideration.


A-3634   Government Affairs   2003.04.12   Dear Senator Daschle,

                                           As a parent of a child with a disability, I ask of you to please vote against
                                           Sutton.

                                           His advocacy to weaken the ADA and other civil rights laws, and his attempts
                                           to mislead the Senate Judiciary Committee about his activist past is too much
                                           for parents like me to bear.

                                           As my state senator, I ask of you to please represent me in this matter.

                                           With utmost respesct,

                                           Deb L.


A-5820   Government Affairs   2003.04.12   Dear Senator Daschle,

                                           I wish to urge you to co-sponsor the Child Custody Protection Act. Abortion is
                                           the murder of an unborn child and a young girl that has become pregnant
                                           often is not thinking of her child as alive. Her parents having the experience
                                           of bringing a child into this world already can help her come to that realization
                                           of the truth that her unborn baby is alive. Stopping the life of her unborn
                                           baby is murder. Life is sacred - we must protect it. Yes I know that the
                                           supreme court in their "finite" wisdom declared it legal. That does not make it
                                           right. It is still murder. What women want to control their own bodies? They
                                           already have control of their own bodies. They can say no to having sex.
                                           Pregnancy is the result of having sex. As you well know it comes no other
                                           way. We all already have the freedom of choice. That is right. What is not
                                           right is to take away the consequences of choices which legalizing murder has
                                           done. Please go further than just making sure parents a! re notified when
                                           their kids get pregnant. Please insist that abortion be declared what it is and
                                           make it illegal. Thank you. Liz M.


A-5821   Government Affairs   2003.04.12   Dear Senator Daschle,
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                                           I know you have sent me a copy of a letter you sent to our president stating
                                           you needed more information concerning decisions made by Mr. Estrada.
                                           What information do you need that he has not answered? Specifically?

                                           Our great country was formed by folks who know God - who had an intimate
                                           relationship with Him. They knew a democracy would only work when folks
                                           were willing to look to the authority of God over them. Now when we are
                                           allowing this country to turn away from God, it gets very difficult to keep this
                                           country great. Please do your part to help keep this country great. Please
                                           support our Pledge of Allegience being said with complete freedom anywhere.
                                           Thank you. Liz


A-5822   Government Affairs   2003.04.12   Do You Hate Democracy?

                                           Americans are suffering now more than ever in my lifetime.

                                           Bush and the neo-conservative bastards are the main cause of their suffering.

                                           More tax cuts for the rich means less money for essential education, health
                                           and infrastructure.

                                           "PATRIOT ACTS" are the most unconstitutional, therefore ILLEGAL, pieces of
                                           fascistic legislation ever to be passed in this country. They must be removed
                                           immediately, and a democratic process and guaranteed rights returned to the
                                           people.

                                           Our government is corrupt beyond repair, and up to the highest bidders.
                                           Bush is an illegitmate criminal who should have never been allowed to seize
                                           power in the first place.

                                           His wars are war crimes, violate the Geneva Conventions and the Nuremberg
                                           Principles. He will go down in history with Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin.

                                           The media monopolies are now warping most of the infomation that
                                           Americans receive as if this was Pravda under the Soviet system. The FCC
                                           has caved in to the bribes and corruption and has failed the public miserably.

                                           They are stealing TRILLIONS of dollars in the form of increasing the NATIONAL
                                           DEBT and running unbelievable DEFICITS. Theft, stealing, criminality, these
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                                    are the hallmarks of the Bush Regime. Is that YOUR idea of "democracy?"


A-5823   Other         2003.04.12   I have long been a supporter of yours within the state.I am writing to
                                    encourage you to support the HEALTH Act, H.R. 5 (S.607) as passed by the
                                    House of Representatives.

                                    The medical liability crisis is the recurrence of an old problem. It is time to fix
                                    it. The first crisis was one of availability in the 1970's. The second crisis
                                    occurred in the 1980's and was one of affordability. The current crisis
                                    combines availability and affordability. Part of the reason for this is that the
                                    median medical liability award jumped 43% in one year, from 700,000 to 1
                                    million dollars, in 1999!Even though plaintiffs win only 38% of the time,
                                    defense expenses for each claim is $23, 728. This all adds up to a lower
                                    access to care.

                                    Seventy-eight percent of Americans fear that the prohibitive costs of liability
                                    insurance will limit their access to care. The issues are:

                                    1.   Availability of liability insurance;
                                    2.   Cost of liability insurance;
                                    3.   Access to care; and
                                    4.   Defensive medicine being practiced out of fear of lawsuits.

                                    I'm sure you have seen the real effect of this crisis that is occurring in states
                                    across the nation today.

                                    We can fix this problem with your support of the HEALTH Act as passed by the
                                    House of Representatives. I hope I can count on your support for this
                                    important issue.

                                    Please step up to the plate and let us do our job and try to constrain the costs
                                    of health care in a meaningful fashion.


A-5824   Case Work     2003.04.12   Dear Senator Daschle,

                                    I am writing you to ask you to support H.J. Res 46 ("Pledge and Prayer
                                    Amendment"). I feel this is very important for our country at this time and
                                    always. We need to remember our Christian heritage and that our strength,
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                                           our country's strength, comes from the Lord.

                                           Thank you,

                                           Nancy B., SD


A-5826   Environment          2003.04.12   Sen. Thomas Daschle
                                           509 Hart Senate Office Building
                                           Washington, DC 20510-4103

                                           Dear Senator Daschle,

                                           I urge you to cosponsor and support the historic global warming bill recently
                                           introduced by Senators McCain and Lieberman. This bipartisan bill called the
                                           "Climate Stewardship Act" is the first comprehensive national policy for cutting
                                           U.S. emissions of heat-trapping gases disrupting the Earth's climate.

                                           In an irresponsible and unacceptable move, President Bush has said that his
                                           administration will do nothing to regulate these harmful emissions. The
                                           McCain-Lieberman bill breaks the logjam on U.S. inaction to fight global
                                           warming. Specifically, the bill would:

                                           -   set mandatory global warming pollution reductions;
                                           -   make the U.S. economy more energy efficient;
                                           -   use market incentives to fight global warming while protecting the economy;
                                           -   rewards auto manufacturers who exceed federal fuel economy requirements;
                                           -   limits emissions from transportation fuels;
                                           -   helps the U.S. maintain its international climate change treaty obligations.

                                           Global warming is a serious and costly threat to America's health, economy
                                           and environment that we cannot afford to ignore. Please consider
                                           cosponsoring and supporting this bill. Thank you.

                                           Sincerely,

                                           Teresa H., SD


A-5832   A Request For Your   2003.04.12   Sen. Thomas Daschle
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                                            509 Hart Senate Office Building
                                            Washington, D.C. 20510-4103

                                            Dear Senator:

                                            Please support the following pieces of legislation: S 704S 585S 451S 249S
                                            623S 56

                                            Thank you in advance.

                                            Sincerely,

                                            William J. F., SD


B-59     Foreign Affairs       2003.04.12   I recently ready an article Asia times (atimes.com), Middle East, "In the
                                            pipleline: more regime change

                                            "Israeli Ha'aretz is concidering starting a oil pipeline running from Mosul, Iraq
                                            to Haifa. Isn't it interesting that now bush is theatening Syria. Where is this
                                            stuff going to stop?


A-5814   Please support S772   2003.04.13   Sen. Thomas Daschle
                                            United States Senate
                                            509 Hart Senate Office Building
                                            Washington, D.C. 20510-4103

                                            Dear Sen. Daschle

                                            I am writing to voice my support for The Dietary Supplement Safety Act, S772
                                            (Durbin).

                                            Stimulants such as ephedra in dietary supplements have been associated with
                                            over 100 deaths and numerous serious illnesses, including strokes, seizures,
                                            heart palpitations, hypertension, and heart attacks. Consumers have a right to
                                            be assured that over-the-counter dietary supplements containing stimulants,
                                            which are widely available to all ages in grocery stores, health food stores,
                                            drug stores, service stations, and the Internet, are tested for safety before
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                                             they reach the marketplace.

                                             I also want to be assured that regulatory authorities are informed whenever
                                             makers of dietary supplements receive reports from consumers about adverse
                                             health events caused by their products.

                                             It is time the public is protected from the dangers of some dietary
                                             supplements. Please support S 772.

                                             Sincerely,

                                             Scott B., SD


A-5815   Veterans               2003.04.13   My husband is a 100% service-connected disabled veteran who is currently on
                                             a ventilator in the ICU of the VA hospital in Sioux Falls. He's in critical
                                             condition and they are having trouble keeping his temperature down, which is
                                             harder than it should be as it was 80-something degrees here today and with
                                             all the machines and lights running in the ICU it's hotter in there than it is
                                             outside. When the staff inquired about the air conditioning they were told that
                                             it wouldn't be turned on until 1 May. Surely something can be done to rectify
                                             this situation. My husband has been a C5-6 quadriplegic for the last 25 years
                                             after a jeep accident while on duty and he's not ready to give up yet. Thank
                                             you for listening.


A-5816   Defense and Military   2003.04.13   Dear Honorable Senator Daschle,

                                             Although my current address is in Florida, I am and remain a South Dakota
                                             resident.

                                             I am writing to you regarding our brave soldier, PFC Jessica Lynch.

                                             I am a US Army disabled veteran, and have a son in service with the US Air
                                             Force.

                                             I am not fully aware of the circumstances surrounding the capture, captivity,
                                             alleged torture and rescue of PFC Lynch, but from what I have heard, it
                                             appears heroic.
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                                    Has the United States ever had a female soldier that has received the
                                    Congressional Medal of Honor? Could this perhaps be a situation that may
                                    warrant the award of the CMH? From what I have heard, this brave hero put
                                    up one hell of a fight!!!

                                    Respectfully submitted,

                                    Matthew D. J., SD
                                    Currently residing in FL


A-5817   Labor         2003.04.13   The Honorable Thomas A. Daschle
                                    United States Senate
                                    509 Hart Senate Office Building
                                    Washington, D.C. 20510-4103

                                    Dear Senator Daschle:

                                    I am writing as a member of more than one hundred members of the South
                                    Dakota Chapter of the International Association of Workforce Professionals
                                    (IAWP). We serve the job seekers and employers of our state through the
                                    Department of Labor's 19 One-Stop Career Centers (formerly Job Services)
                                    and the affiliated 9 private non-profit Career Learning Centers. We wish to
                                    draw your attention to a legislative matter of great concern to the workforce
                                    and businesses of South Dakota. The Workforce Investment Act of 1998 will
                                    expire soon, and Congress has begun the process of crafting new legislation.
                                    H.R. 1261 has been marked up by the House Education and Workforce
                                    committee and will soon be scheduled for floor action. The Senate
                                    Employment, Safety and Training Subcommittee has already held initial
                                    hearings for a Senate bill.

                                    Some of the proposals incorporated into H.R. 1261 provide needed changes to
                                    the training programs. Measures such as changes in the responsibilities of the
                                    state and local workforce investment boards, elimination of the requirement
                                    for Youth Councils, greater flexibility in the delivery of core, intensive and
                                    training services, greater flexibility for the Governors to establish eligible
                                    training provider programs, and simplification/reduction of performance
                                    measures will allow states and local areas to better adapt the programs to
                                    local needs. As workforce development professionals who work with job
                                    seekers and employers everyday however, we are concerned about the
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                               following key aspects of H.R. 1261.

                               Repeal of the Wagner-Peyser Act-- We are very concerned about the repeal of
                               the Wagner-Peyser Act eliminating the nation's Employment Service system.
                               Our One-Stop Career Center system was built on the foundation of the
                               statewide ES network. South Dakota employers and applicants rely on this
                               system to meet all their labor needs. The TANF program, all WIA programs,
                               Food Stamp Employment and Training programs, Unemployment Insurance,
                               Veteran programs are among the many vital services provided at our One-
                               Stop Career Centers. There is no administrative duplication in the delivery of
                               these programs in South Dakota. On the contrary, the Employment Services
                               funds have been the glue that holds the One-Stop system together. When
                               specific costs cannot be attributed to special population grants, the ES
                               program absorbs the cost because it is the only program targeted to serve the
                               general public. Private entities cannot profitably provide these services in
                               rural areas. Aviable national system for labor exchange reaching across state
                               lines must be maintained to support our nation's workforce

                               Funding Formula-A stable funding formula is needed for workforce training
                               programs. The existing Employment Service formula recognizes the need to
                               maintain minimum services to rural areas by setting aside a percentage of the
                               funds to be shared by states with a civilian labor force below 1 million. If the
                               proposed Boehner amendment is adopted, the foundation for the national
                               Employment Service will be lost. We strongly urge Congress to maintain the
                               current separate funding formula for the public Employment Service
                               activities. These funds should continue to be allocated to the states in order
                               to ensure a national employment service system.

                               A stable funding formula is needed for workforce training programs. The use
                               of unemployment and "excess" unemployed figures to determine state
                               formula allocations have resulted in wide funding swings of up to 20% change
                               in a single state from one year to the next. This has been particularly evident
                               in the Dislocated Worker program when states receive funding allocations to
                               serve today's dislocated workers based on last year's unemployment rates.
                               Due to the nature of UI, these figures are not calculated until at least a year
                               after the person filed for UI assistance. In most cases, these individuals have
                               long since become reemployed. The formula also does not take into
                               consideration those persons whose occupations are not covered by UI, such as
                               some agricultural jobs, or discouraged workers who have exhausted their
                               benefits and dropped out of the labor force. The use of "excess" unemployed
                               workers as a part of the formula duplicates the part of the formula that
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                               distributes funds based on the "relative number of unemployed" and should be
                               eliminated. States receiving funds under the "excess" formula vary widely
                               from one year to the next. Typically, less than a third of the states receive
                               any funds under this part of the formula. GAO has repeatedly pointed out
                               this disparity in the formula.

                               South Dakota's funding for WIA training programs has been relatively stable
                               only because we fall under the provisions of the small state minimum-funding
                               clause. Other states typically falling under the minimum funding provisions
                               are Wyoming, Vermont, North Dakota, New Hampshire, Nebraska, and
                               Delaware. We strongly endorse a provision in the new law, which will ensure
                               adequate base funding for workforce training and employment service
                               programs in small rural states.

                               One-Stop Career Center System Infrastructure Funding--All mandatory
                               partners in the workforce investment system should share the costs
                               associated with the one-stop infrastructure. A specific portion of each of the
                               federal funds from partner agencies' programs for the administration and
                               operation of one-stop centers/systems should be designated in the bill.

                               Increased Waiver Authority and State Block Grant Option--The language in the
                               Workforce Investment legislation should provide sufficient waiver authority for
                               the states, and should contain an option for the state to apply for a block
                               grant, as proposed by the Administration. As was the case under TANF, many
                               states are far ahead of the federal statute and have developed partnerships
                               with other federal and state programs in a truly seamless system. Statutory
                               limitations to increased waiver authority should be removed. In addition, the
                               legislation should allow Governors to apply for block grant authority. Under
                               this authority, Governors would have complete discretion as to how to
                               administer WIA title I formula programs - both adult and youth. During these
                               unstable economic times, it is more important than ever that states be given
                               the flexibility and authority to respond quickly and effectively to the needs of
                               our citizens and businesses.

                               We look forward to working with you to craft legislation, which provides
                               sufficient flexibility to the states to allow the states to achieve the goals of the
                               WIA within the context of individual states' workforce investment needs.

                               Sincerely,
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                                    Legislative Chair
                                    South Dakota Workforce Professional (IAPES/IAWP)


A-5818   Education     2003.04.13   Dear Mr.Daschel

                                    I am a South Dakota resident and I am going to school in Oklahoma at the
                                    time. I moved my wife and kids down here on the first of febuary. Since we
                                    got down here my wife has not been able to find a job or daycare for our three
                                    children, I work part time at Home Depot. Any how we went to the
                                    Department of Human Services to get food stamps so we could feed the kids
                                    and ourselves until we get on our feet. They keep giving us the run around
                                    and not our food stampes (which we do qualify for). I am starting to feel that
                                    since we are white and not addicted to narcadics they don't think we should
                                    receive them. I feel that since I have been working for the past twenty years
                                    and never asked for help it should not be a problem to recieve a little help. I
                                    am hoping you could give me some advice as to where I should go for help or
                                    if their is any help you could give me. Thank You for your time and your
                                    immediate response. I am looking forward to hearing from you.              Mr.
                                    Richard S.


A-5819   Veterans      2003.04.13   Tom, I am writing in regards to Tylese P. who is serving in the middle east in
                                    the air national guard.

                                    She leased a car from the Honda corperation two months before she was
                                    deployed, and they are firm in thier stance that she must make monthly
                                    payments even if she is fighting a war.

                                    I have spoken with Honda and they see my point but they have the legal right
                                    to hold her feet to the fire.

                                    I'm sure they do.

                                    After all she did sign a contract, but how do'es this reflect on them? After all,
                                    she's fighting for Honda's right to sell cars in the USA.
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                                    When I told them this on the phone it got real quiet.

                                    I also asked them if they would like this to show up on CNN? Once agin
                                    silence.

                                    They said many complaints have come in,but they stand their ground.My wife
                                    and I have E-mailed your office on this matter and got a phone call back
                                    saying that this matter would be looked in to.

                                    I would like to hear from you if at all possible.

                                    I think Honda should show more thought for our men and ! women in harms
                                    way!!

                                    Thankyou for checking in to this matter for us.

                                    If nothing can be done now, we should get it right for the next time our men
                                    and women have to go over seas to protect our way of life.

                                    Thank you

                                    Dale, Karen P.


A-681    Science and   2003.04.14   I will be in Washington DC on May 6th to participate in AORN Federal Affairs
         Technology                 Conference and Lobby Day which will address the issues of Operating Room
                                    Nursing and Medicare Reimbursement for Certified Registered Nurse First
                                    Assistants. I hope to see you then.

                                    Keep up the good work.

                                    Sue M.


A-1083   Environment   2003.04.14   Sen. Thomas Daschle
                                    509 Hart Senate Office Building
                                    Washington, DC 20510-4103
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                                        Dear Senator Daschle,

                                        I strongly oppose the Bush administration's efforts to eliminate Clean Water
                                        Act protections for many of the nation's waters, including streams, wetlands,
                                        small ponds and other waters. I urge you to express your opposition to the
                                        administration's recently announced advance notice of proposed rulemaking
                                        and accompanying guidance, and to do all you can to make sure that all of the
                                        nation's waters remain protected by the Clean Water Act as they have been
                                        for the last 30 years. The EPA's and Corps of Engineers' January 15 Advance
                                        Notice of Proposed Rulemaking is an attempt to limit the Clean Water Act's
                                        jurisdiction over waters that are important to public health and the
                                        environment. This proposal is in direct conflict with the original intent of the
                                        Clean Water Act -- to maintain the chemical, physical and biological integrity
                                        of all waters of the United States. Limiting the scope of the Clean Water Act
                                        will have devastating effects. Removing essential federal safeguards against
                                        destruction and degradation will:- place community water supplies at risk-
                                        result in more polluted streams, rivers and coastal waters- increase flooding,
                                        as destroyed wetlands will no longer be able to absorb flood waters, and-
                                        harm endangered and threatened wildlife species - 43 percent of which rely on
                                        wetlands for survival.

                                        Please tell the Bush administration not to go forward with any rulemaking
                                        proposal to limit the scope of the Clean Water Act and hinder the ability of
                                        communities nationwide to safeguard their valuable water resources.

                                        Sincerely,

                                        sandra W.


A-2735   Judicial Issues   2003.04.14   Dear Mr. Daschle:

                                        I just got done reviewing SB.22 (well most of the 400 pages), and find it
                                        unacceptable that some legislators are trying to use this bill as a means to
                                        over-regulate and ultimately kill the gun shows in this country. (SB.22, Part
                                        6) This section of the bill is attempting to make laws that would seem to
                                        regulate commerce within states, based on "findings" that guns coming and
                                        going to these shows may cross state lines, and that people may purchase
                                        them and cross state lines. I applaud the authors for their craftiness (I always
                                        like to see creative minds at work, even if they are deviant), but shame them
                                        for not listening to the majority of the people in the country. And shame them
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                                          for trying to slip this legislation yet again into what otherwise appears to
                                          contain some useful provisions.

                                          WE DO NOT WANT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT REGULATING OUR GUNS IN
                                          THIS COUNTRY! GOT IT?! If we are going to regulate gun shows and guns
                                          for the reasons sited in this bill, then there should be legislation to do the
                                          same with petroleum sold at gasoline stations (lets start tracking everyone
                                          who buys 10 gallons of gas or diesel), fertilizer sold at Wal-Mart (register
                                          every homeowner who cares for his lawn and track what he does with the
                                          fertilizer he purchases), and don't forget about fireworks and matches (these
                                          can be used as fuses in homemade bombs). All of these can be used by a
                                          terrorist to cause much more damage than a gun. I hate to even mention
                                          things like this for fear that some legislator will take it seriously and try to
                                          regulate these products also, and further burden our system to the point that
                                          we cannot catch the real bad guys who mean this country harm.

                                          The bottom line in my opinion is that this type of legislation is attempting to
                                          limit our freedoms and liberties under the pretence of security. And those
                                          who would trade liberty for security have neither and deserve neither! I
                                          would rather take the chance of getting shot by someone who bought a gun
                                          who should not have, than give up my liberties to the government.

                                          As a representative of South Dakota I would ask that you work on behalf of
                                          South Dakotan's to remove this section of this bill. I would also ask that you
                                          and the other legislators listen to the majority in this country and stop trying
                                          to find subversive ways to slip this type of legislation in on otherwise seeming
                                          well intentioned bills. It is just wasteful spending when you do this for Pork-
                                          Barrel projects, it is un-American and disrespectful to the voters of this
                                          country when you do it with our freedom and liberty!

                                          Otherwise, keep up the good work! And keep speaking publicly about your
                                          feels of President Bush and the war, and how it is time for a regime change in
                                          Washington. This seems to be going over well for you, especially here in
                                          South Dakota.


A-3929   Judicial Issues ;   2003.04.14   I read an article in the rapid city journal on april 10, 2003, in it you said "i
         Estrada, Miguel ;                don't know i can think of a time when there was a very clear difference of
         Homestake Mine                   opinion on an issue....."as a registered voter in south dakota, i previously
         (Lead, SD)                       wrote you concerning Mr. Estrada, and your effort to block his nomination.
                                          Am I the only person who has expressed concern over your position on
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                                    judicial nominees of president Bush?

                                    it seems this would fall under the catagory of a "clear difference of opinion on
                                    an issue"

                                    please cease the national democratic party actions, and give some thought to
                                    representing the wishes of your state and its citizens.

                                    also, what is your position on the homestake mine in lead?

                                    Thanks

                                    larry f.


A-4289   Environment   2003.04.14   I hope you will find out why Ranger Bob . did not get his job back this summer
                                    at Yellowstone. bob K.


A-5812   Veterans      2003.04.14   my name is John W. and I am the Band Director im Armour. I have taught for
                                    over 30 years and have retierd form the national guard(28 years) as first SGT
                                    (E-8) Two years ago I was diagnosed with diabetes. I can retire from
                                    teaching but will be unable to get health Ins. untill age 60 ( VA) Is their any
                                    way to get ins. for guard military before 55, or any type of INS!! Is the Bill
                                    moving retierement for military to 55 going to Pass. Thanks for listening JW


A-5813   Case Work     2003.04.14   The Honorable Tom Daschle
                                    Washington, DC 20510-4103

                                    Dear Senator Daschle,

                                    I and millions of other Americans enjoy occasionally placing bets on the
                                    Internet -- I consider it to be harmless entertainment, and none of the federal
                                    government's business.

                                    However, I have recently learned that there are two bills in Congress, H.R. 21
                                    and S. 627, which would not only seek to prohibit me from on-line wagering,
                                    but would also have the federal government "deputize" my bank and credit
                                    card company by making them monitor my transactions and block anything
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                                             which could possibly be an Internet wager.

                                             I don't believe Congress has any business trying to "protect" me from a simple
                                             form of recreation; I am an adult, and I take responsibility for my choices.
                                             More importantly though, I consider it an affront to my privacy to direct
                                             financial institutions to monitor the content of my transactions. I urge you to
                                             oppose H.R. 21 and S. 627, as well as any similar bill that threatens individual
                                             freedom and privacy.

                                             Sincerely,

                                             Edie S., SD


A-5842   Defense and Military   2003.04.14   Dear Senator Tom Daschle,

                                             I am writing to convey my disappointment in wasting my tax dollars on trying
                                             to fix the M-16 rifle by trying new and costly modifications to a flawed basic
                                             mechanical design. In the desert this rifle could not even be oiled because the
                                             sand would adhere to the M-16 parts causing it to jam. The U.S. I feel,
                                             should at least supply our ground troops with a reliable battle rifle that will
                                             function properly under the most adverse conditions that are found on the
                                             battle-field. To give you suggestions on some battle proven rifles they are:
                                             Gailil, Sako-95,Heckler and KOCH G-36. Thank you for your feelings on this
                                             matter.

                                             Rich H.


A-5843   Defense and Military   2003.04.14   Dear Senator Tom Daschle,

                                             I have some concerns about some of my tax dollars are being spent. I have
                                             read on the internet that the A-10 Warthog close air support aircraft is being
                                             phased out of military service in favor of the Apache helicopter. The A-10 has
                                             an excellent track record in combat with both the pilots who fly them and the
                                             ground troops who are supported by them. The A-10 In the latest research
                                             that I could has a cost of 13 million dollars a plane. The Apache helicopter has
                                             a cost of 23 million dollars per helicopter.

                                             When Iraqis were asked about the plane that they feared most it was the A-
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                                            10. The A-10 sidewinder missle is far superior to the shoulder fired Stinger
                                            missle which is going to be mounted on the Apache helicopter. In conclusion, I
                                            think we should learn our lesson from the Vietnam conflict when 33% of our
                                            helicopters which flew in combat were shot down by enemy gunfire. Thank
                                            you for your reply to these questions.

                                            Rich H.


A-5844   Judicial Issues       2003.04.14   Dear Senator Tom Daschle,

                                            I am writing you to show my support for S-659. This bil would protect gun
                                            owners rights and stop frivilous lawsuits againt gun manufacturers. I hope
                                            you will vote to protect gunmakers from unjust lawsuits. Thank you very
                                            much.

                                            Rich H.


A-5845   Afterschool           2003.04.14   Sen. Thomas Daschle
         Programs...CCDF vs.                United States Senate
         21st CCLC                          509 Hart Senate Office Building
                                            Washington, D.C. 20510-4103

                                            Dear Mr. Daschle:

                                            Congress will be voting on several critical issues with regard to children's
                                            programs. One of these is funding for afterschool programs. So often, we
                                            hear only about the critical need for continued funding of the 21st CCLC
                                            programs. Since the program first came about, much of the requirements
                                            have changed, and indeed, the programs have taken on more of an "extended
                                            school day" approach, especially now under the "No Child Left Behind" Act. I
                                            work as a Program Specialist with the Office of Child Care Services in Pierre.
                                            While I work predominantly with our federal CCDF grant in establishing quality
                                            Out of School Time programs statewide, in the past several years I have also
                                            been involved in encouraging school districts to apply for the 21st CCLC
                                            grants. Our office, through its system of statewide training delivery and
                                            technical assistance, also provides these services to both regular afterschool
                                            programs and 21st CCLC. Unfortunately, almost all of the 21st CCLC projects
                                            that were funded in the first three years closed their doors after the money
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                                        ended. However, while the state grants (through CCDF) are much smaller,
                                        and are given in declining amounts for three years, the number of regular
                                        afterschool programs begun under CCDF that have sustained is remarkable. I
                                        am writing to request that you consider the many thousands of children
                                        nationwide that need regular afterschool programs, NOT because they are
                                        failing in school, but because they need a safe, supervised, enriching program
                                        at that time of day because their parents work, or are unable to care for
                                        them.

                                        I would very much like you to make a contact with a very eloquent, and
                                        capable school-age consultant about the issue of school-age care in our
                                        country. I have had the pleasure getting to know Tracey Ballas from Ohio
                                        who is one of the founders of the National School Age Care Alliance, and is
                                        now a trainer consultant for the National Institute on Out of School Time.
                                        Tracey has previously testified before Congress, and served as an advisor to
                                        former VP Gore on the Welfare to Work Committee. She is passionate (in a
                                        clear way) about what is happening to the field of school age care in this
                                        country.

                                        PLEASE let me know if you, and any fellow Congressmen would be willing to
                                        visit with this woman.

                                        There is a chasm building between the traditional school-age programs and
                                        the "extended day" programs that are currently being heavily funded right
                                        now..but are potentially being considered for substantial cuts. She can
                                        address some of those issues with you; and hopefully clarify any questions or
                                        concerns anyone has about the direction we seem to taking. Please do this...I
                                        can promise it will be worth your while.

                                        Thank you, Senator Daschle.

                                        Sincerely,

                                        Rosemary H., SD


A-5847   Judicial Issues   2003.04.14   My computer is not cooperating today. Thank you for your consideration on
                                        the Tort Reform legislation.
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                                          Sincerely,

                                          Ross B.


A-5848   SEND A LETTER AND   2003.04.14   Sen. Thomas Daschle
         SUPPORT A                        United States Senate
         MOTORCYCLE                       509 Hart Senate Office Building
         CRASH STUDY                      Washington, D.C. 20510-4103

                                          Dear Sen. Daschle:

                                          As you may know Rep. Mark Green (R-WI-8) distributed a "Dear Colleague"
                                          letter regarding the reauthorization of the Transportation Equity Act for the
                                          21st Century (TEA-21) and the inclusion of an in-depth motorcycle crash
                                          causation study.

                                          The letter was signed by 63 Members of Congress. The letter was sent to
                                          Chairman Don Young of the House Transportation and Infrastructure
                                          Committee for his consideration. Although the opportunity to sign the letter
                                          closed, please support motorcyclists and send an individual letter to Chairman
                                          Young. The reauthorization of TEA-21 represents a watershed moment for the
                                          transportation community. At the very heart of reauthorization should be the
                                          safety of American citizens. Understanding why and how crashes occur on
                                          American highways is paramount in determining how best to mitigate them in
                                          the future. That is why I support a comprehensive motorcycle crash causation
                                          study to be included within the TEA-21 reauthorization process. I live, work
                                          and ride in your district, and I support this action because the last motorcycle
                                          crash causation study was conducted over 25 years ago. With motorcyclist
                                          fatalities increasing 50% in just the last five years, the time to act is now.
                                          This new study must utilize effective On-Scene, In-Depth Investigation
                                          (OSIDI) methods, in accordance with the Organization for Economic
                                          Cooperation and Development(OECD) Common Methodology, which is to
                                          collect on-scene, in-depth data, providing detailed knowledge about all
                                          aspects of motorcycle crashes. Therefore, I am urging Congress to
                                          appropriate funds for a new in-depth, comprehensive motorcycle crash
                                          causation study within the TEA-21 reauthorization process.

                                          Sincerely,
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B-110   GPO and WEP    2003.04.14   Dear Sen. Daschle: As one of your voting constituents, I urge you to
        Repeal                      cosponsor companion bills, H.R.594 and S.349, introduced by Rep. McKeon
                                    (5-1956) and Sen. Feinstein (4-3841). This legislation would entirely repeal
                                    both the Social Security Offsets: the Government Pension Offset (GPO) and
                                    the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP). The Social Security Offsets affects
                                    not only federal retirees, but also state, municipal, and school district
                                    retirees. For further information, visit NARFE's website at www.narfe.org
                                    Please respond to this message in writing.

                                    Sincerely,

                                    Dennis D. H., SD


B-109   GPO Reform     2003.04.14   Dear Sen. Daschle:

                                    As one of your voting constituents, I urge you to cosponsor H.R. 887, Rep.
                                    Jefferson's (D-LA/5-6636) legislation to reform the Social Security
                                    Government Pension Offset (GPO). This legislation would provide a $2,000
                                    per-month hold-harmless provision for persons receiving a federal, state, or
                                    school district government annuity and spousal Social Security benefits. For
                                    further information use the NARFE website at www.narfe.org Please respond
                                    to this message in writing.

                                    Sincerely,

                                    Dennis D. H., SD


B-108   House Budget   2003.04.14   Dear Sen. Daschle: As a federal retiree, I am very disturbed by the House
        Resolution                  Budget Resolution (H Con Res 95) which contains intructions for the
                                    Government Reform Committee to cut mandatory spending programs. I am
                                    concerned that these cuts will mean a freeze in annuity cost-of-living
                                    adjustments, a reduction in the government share of FEHBP premiums, an
                                    increase in employee retirement contributions, and a reduction in the annuity
                                    calculation formula. These cuts break the government's promise to its
                                    employees to provide earned economic and health security in retirement in
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                                             exchange for years of public service. I ask that you vote against H Con Res
                                             95 in the full House if it contains the above nstructions to the Government
                                             Reform Committee. It is unacceptable to force federal retirees, survivors, and
                                             workers to tighten their belts while other Americans would receive $1.6 trillion
                                             in tax cuts.

                                             Sincerely,

                                             Dennis D. H., SD


B-1080   Defense and Military   2003.04.14   The rhetoric coming from the Whitehouse is some how familiar. Syria, is now
                                             the target.

                                             I guess that it would take a person who was either blind deaf and dumb not to
                                             know that these are the same words and tactics used to justify the war on
                                             Iraq.

                                             There is no way I will back another war in the Middle East.


B-106    GPO and WEP            2003.04.14   Dear Sen. Daschle: As one of your voting constituents, I urge you to
         Repeal                              cosponsor companion bills, H.R.594 and S.349, introduced by Rep. McKeon
                                             (5-1956) and Sen. Feinstein (4-3841). This legislation would entirely repeal
                                             both the Social Security Offsets: the Government Pension Offset (GPO) and
                                             the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP). The Social Security Offsets affects
                                             not only federal retirees, but also state, municipal, and school district
                                             retirees. For further information, visit NARFE's website at www.narfe.org
                                             Please respond to this message in writing.

                                             Sincerely,

                                             Dennis D. H., SD


B-105    Premium Conversion     2003.04.14   Dear Sen. Daschle:

                                             As one of your voting constituents, I urge you to contact Rep. Tom Davis (R-
                                             VA-11 /5-1492) and Sen. John Warner(R-VA /4-2023) and ask to be made a
                                             cosponsor of the Premium Conversion legislation. This legislation, H.R.1231
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                                            and S.623, is similar to legislation cosponsored by a majority of both parties
                                            during the 107th Congress. Premium Conversion would allow civilian and
                                            military retirees to pay Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP)
                                            premiums with pre-tax annuities. For further information contact NARFE at
                                            www.narfe.org .

                                            Please respond to this message in writing.

                                            Sincerely,

                                            Dennis D. H., SD


B-2134   Environment           2003.04.14   Dear Sir: I sincerely hope that you can marshall the needed votes to defeat
                                            the proposed drilling in ANWR, again. Perhaps you could explain to the
                                            proponents of this proposal that no matter how many times they bring it up in
                                            the Senate, that people who love and appreciate the natural beauty of this
                                            country, and who are determined to keep a small part of it as nature created
                                            it, will never cave in to their relentless tacticts.


B-2072   Civil Service         2003.04.14   Dear Senator Daschle,

                                            I have started a collection of political autographs. I would be honored if you
                                            would send me an autographed photo. Please.

                                            Thanks, Paul G. 14


A-697    Don't Allow Federal   2003.04.15   Sen. Thomas Daschle
         Lands Managers to                  United States Senate
         Obstruct Rural                     509 Hart Senate Office Building
         Telecommunications                 Washington, D.C. 20510-4103
         Deployment
                                            Dear Sen. Daschle:

                                            Over the past several years we have observed numerous attempts by various
                                            federal agencies with public lands management responsibilities to dramatically
                                            increase right-of-way (ROW) fees telecommunications carriers pay to traverse
                                            these lands. For example, repeatedly, the Bureau of Lanad Managment (BLM)
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                                    and the National Forest Service (NFS) have sought the adoption of rules and
                                    regulations that would depart from traditional ROW fee assessments to other
                                    methods, such as commerce-based calculations, that would render fees for
                                    ROW access unaffordable. America's small rural telecommunications
                                    providers such as ours are hard at work each day, striving to provide the
                                    country's rural population with the very latest in available communications
                                    services. Their systems are renowned for their efficiency, reliability, and
                                    advanced capabilities.

                                    However, absent ready and affordable access to rights-of-way, their progress
                                    will be thwarted, and federal policymakers' vision of stimulating their
                                    economies will be doomed. On April 1 H.R. 762 (sponsored by Representative
                                    Barbara Cubin of Wyoming) was agreed to by the full House of
                                    Representatives. The bill has been referred to the Senate Energy and Natural
                                    Resources Committee, where it continues to await further action. Please
                                    contact your colleagues on that panel to urge that they move this legislation
                                    to the forefront of their committee agenda and approve it as rapidly as
                                    possible. The very future of hundreds of rural communities around the nation
                                    may well depend on the outcome of this matter.

                                    Thank you for your help.

                                    Sincerely,

                                    Rod B.


A-2679   Environment   2003.04.15   Sen. Thomas Daschle
                                    509 Hart Senate Office Building
                                    Washington, DC 20510-4103

                                    Dear Senator Daschle,

                                    What is the world without water?

                                    As a citizen who cares about fishing, swimming, and safe drinking water, I
                                    urge the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of
                                    Engineers (Corps) to drop their attempts to weaken the Clean Water Act. The
                                    EPA and the Corps' Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (EPA Docket #
                                    OW-2002-0050; January 15, 2003) could remove protections for many of the
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                                        nation's waters under the Clean Water Act, which has been safeguarding these
                                        waters for the last thirty years.

                                        Furthermore, I oppose recent guidance that goes beyond the Supreme Court's
                                        "SWANCC" ruling and unjustifiably strips protections from many wetlands and
                                        other waters. Instead of limiting the scope of Clean Water Act protections,
                                        the guidance should reaffirm the Clean Water Act's application to all waters of
                                        the United States following SWANCC.

                                        We should not make it easier to pollute, fill, or destroy our creeks and
                                        wetlands. Instead, EPA and the Corps should protect the thousands of small
                                        streams and wetlands, which help to replenish groundwater supplies; filter
                                        pollutants in runoff; and provide valuable natural flood protection, vital wildlife
                                        habitat, and public recreation.

                                        Please protect all waters of the United States. Stop the proposed rulemaking,
                                        withdraw the recently issued guidance, and issue new guidance that reaffirms
                                        the Clean Water Act's application to all waters of the United States following
                                        SWANCC.

                                        In addition, I urge Congress to pass the Clean Water Authority Restoration
                                        Act, which would reaffirm and ensure Clean Water Act protection for all waters
                                        in the United States.

                                        Sincerely,

                                        Teresa H., SD


A-2812   Foreign Affairs   2003.04.15   Senator Daschle:

                                        By now, you must realize that President Bush is not going to stop his war from
                                        spreading throughout the Middle East and possibly the entire world until
                                        somebody stops him. The conflict in Iraq isn't even over yet, and already this
                                        administration is aiming its the same pre-war rhetoric it used in Iraq at Syria
                                        and Iran.

                                        Senator, please stop this madness. I noticed that when the war started,
                                        President Bush used the resolution passed in 2001, not the resolution passed
                                        in 2002, to justify this action. That means that despite the complete lack of
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                                    evidence supporting the contention that Iraq was involved with the attacks in
                                    the World Trade Center and Pentagon, President Bush is using 9/11 to justify
                                    this military action. In short, he is using the resolution you passed in 2001 as
                                    carte blanche to wage war where ever and when ever he sees fit. In theory,
                                    he could justify an attack on China with that resolution by arguing that China
                                    supports Iraq.

                                    Senator, President Bush is going to get us all killed if somebody doesn't stop
                                    him. I plead with you to be that voice of reason.


A-3313   Environment   2003.04.15   Sen. Thomas Daschle
                                    509 Hart Senate Office Building
                                    Washington, DC 20510-4103

                                    Dear Thomas Daschle,

                                    I urge you to support funding to help save the last remaining large wilderness
                                    in the eastern United States. The 26 million-acre Great North Woods of Maine,
                                    New Hampshire, Vermont, and New York encompasses the most remote and
                                    pristine lakes and rivers in the northeast and vast tracts of mountain and
                                    forest lands that shelter more than 250 species of wild creatures and
                                    migratory birds. But in recent years millions of acres of the Great North
                                    Woods have been sold, mainly to conglomerates and land speculators that
                                    have accelerated logging and subdivision for development. The federal
                                    government must help the states of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and New
                                    York purchase these extraordinary wild places.

                                    I therefore urge you to appropriate $100 million in fiscal year2003 for the
                                    federal Forest Legacy Program to purchase the most environmentally unique
                                    and threatened areas within the Great North Woods and also to provide the
                                    four states with federal technical assistance from the National Park Service,
                                    Forest Service and the Fish and Wildlife Service.

                                    Please take steps now to protect these magnificent forests and lakes for future
                                    generations.

                                    Sincerely,
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A-3635   Budget            2003.04.15   Sen. Thomas Daschle
                                        United States Senate
                                        509 Hart Senate Office Building
                                        Washington, D.C. 20510-4103

                                        Sen. Daschle:

                                        Dear Sen. Daschle, I have read that: Sen. Thomas Daschle voted NO on the
                                        Congressional Budget for FY 2004.

                                        We South Dakotans back our President, whereas it seems that everytime we
                                        turn around you are saying something or showing that you don't back him in
                                        anything.

                                        We as South Dakotans voted for George Bush to be our President, please I
                                        urge you as a South Dakotan to represent us and show repect and backing to
                                        our President Bush!!

                                        Sincerely,

                                        Deb L., SD


A-4783   Foreign Affairs   2003.04.15   Dear Sen. Daschle,

                                        While I realize that this may be way out of your control, I would like someone
                                        in politcal power to know how disgusted I am to be an American. While I
                                        believe the war with Iraq to be based on false pretenses (If Bush has proof of
                                        Iraq having BW, why will he not provide the UN with that info?) there is even
                                        LESS basis for invading other Gulf countries such as Syria and Iran. The
                                        president must realize that the United States is part of a GLOBAL community
                                        and the days of colonialism are OVER. The US has no right to destroy
                                        countries and cultures just because we can. Please do what you can to end
                                        the war(s) and get the US out of the Gulf region.

                                        Addionally, how can the GOP get away with using all its cronies for Iraq
                                        rebuilding (e.g. Cheney's "former" company rebuildin the oil fields) I would
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                                           ask the democrats to investigate further.


A-5837   Government Affairs   2003.04.15   Dear Senator Daschle,

                                           I am writing in regard to the ongoing filibuster of the Judicial appointees that
                                           are being proposed by the Bush administration. On April 22, members of the
                                           MoveOn organization will be presenting their case to you to continue on with
                                           the blocking of the vote for Estrada, Kuhl, Owen, etc. I am unable to attend
                                           this meeting, but I would like to pledge my support for the Democratic party
                                           in trying to maintain some normalcy within the higher powers. Currently, the
                                           Republicans have the Executive and the Legislative, and are further and
                                           further encroaching on the Judicial. Is this checks and balances? Is this a non-
                                           partial and progressive? No. They attempt to bring the United States back into
                                           the 1800's of unsympathetic capitalism, corporate rights over worker's rights,
                                           and unification of Church and State, the very antithesis of what our country is
                                           found upon. I am a very proud Democrat, as are most, and we wish to
                                           support you in bolstering our beliefs and politics. As you know fully well, our
                                           country is largely distracted by the war effort, and little attention is paid to the
                                           actions in Washington. Most Americans have no idea what is transpiring on
                                           our own soil. Nonetheless, the Democrats must unite and bring forth a new
                                           perspective that we have the ability to conduct an effective and impartial
                                           government. It is bad enough that we relenquished congressional intervention
                                           and say concerning the Iraqui conflict. Do not rescind your power on this
                                           issue. Please block Bush's judicial appointees.

                                           Sincerely,

                                           Michael T.


A-5839   Health               2003.04.15   Hi Tom:

                                           My mother Helene M. M. is 91 years old and recently after a short Hospital
                                           stay she was sent to a nursing home in Sioux Falls (Luther Manor). My mother
                                           worked for the Federal Government for 30 years both the VA and the
                                           Department of Justice. She is currently receiving her federal pension of about
                                           $1100.00, and her Social Security of about $560.00. Since this is not enough
                                           to pay for nursing home care we have applied for Medicaid thru the State of
                                           South Dakota. I just today found out that recently the Government started a
                                           Long Term Care program that she would have qualified for had she known
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                                    about it. She could have signed up and had the payments taken out of her
                                    check. This would have allowed her to still receive her Federal Retirement
                                    Pension and her Social Security while in the nursing home. I work at EROS
                                    DATA CENTER in Sioux Falls and have talked to other Federal Employees
                                    about the Long Term Care Program available. They were unfamiliar with it
                                    also. My complaint is that my mother when she was eligible for Long Term
                                    Care thru the OPM Government Long Term Care program she was not made
                                    aware of its existence. I would appreciate anything you could do for my
                                    mother. She is a life long Democrat and has voted for you and other
                                    Democrats in State Elections for Years.

                                    I will be awaiting your reply.

                                    Thanks for all your efforts in behalf of our Senior Citizens


A-5841   Culture       2003.04.15   Hi My name is Orlando P. A. I am a concerned youth of the Cheyenne River
                                    Nation, I am very saddened by the loss of a Proud Native Warrior Lori
                                    Piestewa. I am just acknowledging your statement about her and our Proud
                                    Native Nations. I thank the man above and around us that we have a voice
                                    like yours in Washington D.C. without your help we would be set aside and
                                    forgotten otherwise never be recongized. I'm just wondering when everything
                                    is over if you and the rest of the U.S government (espeically President
                                    Bush)honor them Native warriors out on the battle field. Because many of
                                    them Voluntered to go and fight for our country. I want everyone in America
                                    to know that we are still fighting strong and proud. All of us here on the
                                    Reservation would like to see US natives on CNN for a change. I'm sorry if I
                                    sound indeacent or however you would like to put it, but it is hard living
                                    Native American. But as a concerned youth of Cheyenne River and the rest of
                                    our! native race I would like to thank you for saying them powerful words
                                    about Lori. I wish we could do more here in South Dakota for her family but
                                    we can only do so much. Sorry that it is so long but I just felt I had to say
                                    this to someone and I picked you. Well Thank You for your time, also thank
                                    you for your thoughts about us Native Americans especially our Native Sister
                                    LORI P.

                                    Sicerely,

                                    Orlando P. A.
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A-5852   Budget               2003.04.15   Dear Senator Daschle:

                                             Tax cut is President Bush's winning pledge.

                                           That is Republican's sounded winning strategy.

                                           Therefore, be careful to deny an unrealistic tax cut package. You need to
                                           debate publicly to convince the voters that Bush's tax cut package is a dirty
                                           political trick to make political difficulties to his opponents in oncoming general
                                           election.

                                           Futhermore, I see these secret codes show up from likely Alaska senators who
                                           are likely the dual Polish-Russian-American official. These officals only can
                                           serve American people with offensive crimes. These secret codes threatenly
                                           pressure U.S. Court and related people. There-fore, you need to question
                                           Alaksa senators if their tax cut package contain crimes. Making sure their bills
                                           contain no crimes.

                                             Alaska senators provide massive federal crimes virus to the Congress and
                                           White House since 1988 general election.

                                              They, with the President's weakness on the super computer related public
                                           service problem, delay in time to disable U.S. court's procedure. since then.
                                           They have Russian intelligenct manuto offense American leaders and run away
                                           charges from American Justice. You combat to them, ands ecurity measures
                                           are needed.

                                           Best wishes!

                                           Richard W. P.


A-5854   Support S. 659 and   2003.04.15   Sen. Thomas Daschle
         Lawful Commerce                   United States Senate
                                           509 Hart Senate Office Building
                                           Washington, D.C. 20510-4103

                                           Dear Sen. Daschle:

                                           I urge you to take a leadership role in strengthening our rule of law and
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                               protecting American jobs by supporting S. 659, the Protection of Lawful
                               Commerce in Arms Act. This legislation will block reckless, baseless "junk"
                               lawsuits against honest people in a responsible industry -- and it will save jobs
                               in our state. Trial lawyers and city officials are targeting gun manufacturers in
                               the courts with dozens of baseless lawsuits, trying to make policies that
                               rightfully are the purview of state and federal legislators. In the first suit
                               brought to trial, the presiding judge's decision read: "The city's complaint is
                               an improper attempt to have this court substitute its judgment for that of the
                               legislature."

                               And just recently, counsel for the NAACP admitted in his opening remarks that
                               "This case is about obtaining a judicial remedy when legislative doors have
                               been shut..."Supporting this bill protects jobs. Each year, hunting and the
                               shooting sports nationally generate in excess of $31 billion in economic
                               activity supporting more than 986,000 jobs. Whether it's a family owned
                               sporting goods store, a major retailer, the provider of travel services to
                               hunters visiting our state or just the diner they stop at for breakfast and
                               dinner during a day spent in the field, businesses depend on the legitimate
                               livelihoods supported by commerce in firearms. Firearm owners support jobs
                               in a supply and distribution chain, badly needed jobs for workers in our state,
                               in addition to manufacturing jobs.

                               The National Association of Manufacturers, representing 14,000 companies
                               and 18 million people who make things in America, recently wrote in about
                               this lawsuit strategy, "It threatens to seriously undermine the ability of any
                               manufacturer to produce and sell products that are lawful and non-defective,
                               simply because those products may be criminally misused. And let's not kid
                               ourselves; such misuse could result in disastrously high jury awards that could
                               well bankrupt countless upstanding companies."

                               A legal industry being destroyed by lawsuits would result in lost jobs and
                               catastrophic consequences to state conservation efforts paid for by excise
                               taxes on firearms and ammunition. Please, co-sponsor S. 659, the Protection
                               of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act. I look forward to hearing from you soon to
                               tell me whether you support S. 659.

                               Sincerely,

                               Rick D.
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A-5855   Culture                2003.04.15   Is there any truth to the rumor that National Public Radio is facing a cutback
                                             in the coming year ?? Alledgedly, this has been brought forth by Nina
                                             Totenberg.

                                             I received an e-mail petition, and before sending it on , I would like to check
                                             out the validity of the claims made.

                                             Thanks,

                                             Susan W. C.
                                             President
                                             Black Hills Chamber Music Society, SD


A-5856   Defense and Military   2003.04.15   You have been dead wrong on Iraq, are you that wrong on the budget? or is
                                             this all political B.S.? Are you just the political shell as you have recently
                                             portrayed?

                                                            Bob, "Mil.Ret."
                                                            Father of a Marine

                                                P.S. Don't answer I'v formed an opinion


A-5857   Please stop the DEA    2003.04.15   Sen. Thomas Daschle
         from ruling against                 United States Senate
         nutritious foods!                   509 Hart Senate Office Building
                                             Washington, D.C. 20510-4103

                                             Dear Sen. Daschle:

                                             On March 21 the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) published their final
                                             rules on hemp foods. The new "Final Rule" essentially bans the sale of all
                                             hemp food products by April 21, 2003 and is virtually identical to an
                                             "Interpretive Rule" issued on October 9, 2001 that never went into effect
                                             because of a U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit Stay issued on March
                                             7, 2002. The DEA's attack on nutritious hemp foods on account of
                                             insignificant trace THC content is like attacking poppy seed bagels because of
                                             their trace opiate content. DEA's attack will destroy businesses, jobs and
                                             livelihoods, and is an outrageous waste of taxpayer money and government
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                                        resources, especially in this time of economic and national crisis. Because
                                        trace THC in hemp seed is non-psychoactive and insignificant, Congress
                                        exempted non-viable hemp seed and oil from control under the Controlled
                                        Substances Act (CSA) (see 21 U.S.C. ¤802(16)), just as Congress exempted
                                        poppy seeds from the CSA, although they contain trace opiates otherwise
                                        subject to control. Hemp seed has a well-balanced protein content and the
                                        highest amount of essential fatty acids (EFAs) of any oil in nature: EFAs are
                                        the "good fats" that, like vitamins, the body does not produce and requires for
                                        good health. Shelled hemp seed and oil are increasingly used in natural food
                                        products, such as corn chips, frozen waffles, nutrition bars, hummus, nondairy
                                        milks, breads and cereals. In the last few years, the hemp foods industry has
                                        grown from less than $1 million to over $6 million in annual retail sales.

                                        Unlike the U.S., other Western countries have adopted rational THC limits for
                                        foods, similar to those voluntarily observed by North American hemp food
                                        companies which protect consumers with a wide margin of safety from any
                                        psychoactive effects or workplace drug-testing interference (see hemp
                                        industry standards regarding trace THC at http://www.testpledge.com).
                                        The14-year-old global hemp market is a thriving commercial success.
                                        Unfortunately, because DEA has confused non-psychoactive industrial hemp
                                        varieties of cannabis with psychoactive "marijuana" varieties, the U.S. is the
                                        only major industrialized nation to prohibit the growing and processing of
                                        industrial hemp. Please ask DEA to immediately stop attacking hemp foods,
                                        and rather work for reasonable regulations that support a healthy domestic
                                        hemp food and cosmetic industry.

                                        Sincerely,

                                        Susan M., SD


A-5859   Please Support    2003.04.15   Sen. Thomas Daschle
         Funding for the                United States Senate
         CDC's Arthritis                509 Hart Senate Office Building
         Program                        Washington, D.C. 20510-4103

                                        Dear Sen. Daschle:

                                        On behalf of the 70 million Americans living with arthritis, I am requesting
                                        your support for $24.5 million for the Centers for Disease Control and
                                        Prevention's (CDC) arthritis program as part of the FY 2004 Labor, Health and
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                                    Human Services, and Education Appropriations legislation. As the leading
                                    cause of disability in the United States, arthritis annually costs our nation's
                                    economy $124.8 billion in medical care and lost wages. There are several
                                    effective interventions to help minimize the pain and disability of arthritis,
                                    however, millions of Americans do not seek treatment or engage in proper
                                    management of the disease. Increased funding for this program will allow us
                                    to improve lives and reduce the economic burden of arthritis.

                                    Currently, the program supports 36 state health departments to develop or
                                    enhance programs to improve the quality of life for the millions of Americans
                                    affected by arthritis. Additional funds will enable new states to enter the
                                    program, and those already participating to significantly expand the use of
                                    evidence-based and newer programs to implement the strategies set out in
                                    the National Arthritis Action Plan. This funding also will expand our scientific
                                    base by supporting vital extramural research, to better define the burden and
                                    impact of arthritis at state and national levels. We are on the verge of making
                                    unprecedented progress in the battle against the more than 100 forms of
                                    arthritis. Effective methods to prevent, delay, and diminish the onset of the
                                    pain and disability of arthritis are available. Further, the nation's biomedical
                                    research system is delivering increasingly potent therapies.

                                    The CDC's arthritis program is the pathway for delivering these advances to
                                    millions of Americans who are at risk or who are already impacted by the
                                    leading cause of disability in our country. Thank for your support of this
                                    important public health initiative. I look forward to your reply.

                                    Sincerely,

                                    Shawn J., SD


A-5860   Agriculture   2003.04.15   We are very concerned about the Federal Crop Ins. Corp.'s approval of the
                                    Premium Discount Program. It is not approved for SD for 2003, but it is in
                                    numerous surrounding states and I understand that they are asking RMA to
                                    approve this program in all states. Basically, they will sell crop insurance
                                    using unlicensed "affiliates" such as "seed & implement dealers" to assist
                                    farmers in the purchase of crop insurance. While this results in very little
                                    savings to the farmer, they don't have the expertise of an agent to help
                                    them. As you know, without crop insurance payments the drought situation in
                                    SD this last year would have been a lot worse. Farmers need good coverage
                                    and this is a very complicated program to run over the internet. Please help
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                                            keep the integrity of this program and make sure it is sold by licensed and
                                            trained agents only. If not, and the farmer ends up with inadequate coverage
                                            or something gets entered wrong, they have no recourse back to an! agent,
                                            they will then call their Congressman for help.


B-688    Foreign Affairs       2003.04.15   Honorable Senator Daschle:

                                            Please pass on Mr. Rumsfeld my disgust and dismay over his glib, callous and
                                            infantile comments concerning the looting and burning of Iraq's major
                                            museums and library. I take it that it is American policy to guard a
                                            vanquished country's Oil Ministry and Interior Ministry while allowing and
                                            condoning the trashing of a sizeable part of that country's (and the world's)
                                            past and patrimony. But, unfortunately, that is par for the course for the
                                            current folks--military and civilian--in charge. I hope that historians 200
                                            years in the future will have a few sympathetic words to say about the present
                                            American administration.

                                            Sincerely,

                                            George B.


B-107    Guard/Reserve         2003.04.15   Dear Sen. Daschle:
         retirement and
         retention bill that                Please help our great Guard and Reserve forces get equal retirement. These
         need your help!                    Bills help retention also. Please cosponser the following Bill's: S 445; HR 458;
                                            S 451; and HR 1592. yOUR HELP IS GREATLY APPRICATED.

                                            Sincerely,

                                            Dennis D. H., SD


A-5836   Civil Service         2003.04.15   Dear Mr. Daschle,

                                               I am a 44 year old registered, voting, resident of Parker S.D. I previously
                                            spent 20 years working as a Federal Employee for the US Army Corps of
                                            Engineers under the FERS retirement system. Approximately 4 years ago, I
                                            accepted a VSIP (Voluntary Seperation Incentive Pay), for 'retiring early" from
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                                    government service.
                                       My intentions were to go to work in the private sector, and eventually begin
                                    drawing an annuity when I turned of age. Last month, I was notified that I
                                    have cirrhosis of the liver, and the prognosis is that I am not likely to live long
                                    enough to collect any retirement annuity. I have tried on numerous occasions
                                    to contact ANYONE from OPM to inform me of my options on early withdrawal,
                                    as it has become apparent that I will need that money to pay for my
                                    continually rising medical costs. I have not been able to find ANY information
                                    or even a point of contact for me to find out about my retirement
                                    disbursement options, if there are any. Please help! I do not know who to
                                    contact, and have had no luck searching the web under OPM, FERS, etc.., and
                                    I was not furnished with any documents directing me where to go for
                                    questions or concerns.
                                       I know you are a very busy man, and I would like to thank you in advance
                                    for any help, guidance, or information that your office may provide.

                                    Sincerely,

                                    Richard D S.


B-2041   Energy        2003.04.15   Senator,

                                    Recently, the house passed the Energy Policy Act of 2003. It is a destructive
                                    bill that will only exasperate the United States energy problems. All ready,
                                    Americans use 40% of our oil on automobiles. It is time for alternative energy
                                    proposals.

                                    Under the current plan, the plan would open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
                                    to drilling. I remind you that 95% of the refuge is open for drilling. Also, the
                                    bill will allow a 33 billion handout to oil, natural gas, and coal producers, only
                                    exasperating the problem. As you can see, the bill will not solve our nations
                                    energy crisis, and will only add to the current gobal climate problem. I ask
                                    you to devise a responsible bill of your own that promotes reuseable fuels,
                                    more efficient automobiles, and responsible spending to solve our countries
                                    energy woes.

                                    Lastly, I thank you for your continue support of the environment and judicious
                                    decisions.
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                                            Thank You,

                                            Erik K.


B-1875   Don't Allow Federal   2003.04.15   Sen. Thomas Daschle
         Lands Managers to                  United States Senate
         Obstruct Rural                     509 Hart Senate Office Building
         Telecommunications                 Washington, D.C. 20510-4103
         Deployment
                                            Dear Sen. Daschle:

                                            Over the past several years we have observed numerous attempts by various
                                            federal agencies with public lands management responsibilities to dramatically
                                            increase right-of-way (ROW) fees telecommunications carriers pay to traverse
                                            these lands. For example, repeatedly, the Bureau of Lanad Managment (BLM)
                                            and the National Forest Service (NFS) have sought the adoption of rules and
                                            regulations that would depart from traditional ROW fee assessments to other
                                            methods, such as commerce-based calculations, that would render fees for
                                            ROW access unaffordable. America's small rural telecommunications
                                            providers such as ours are hard at work each day, striving to provide the
                                            country's rural population with the very latest in available communications
                                            services. Their systems are renowned for their efficiency, reliability, and
                                            advanced capabilities.

                                            However, absent ready and affordable access to rights-of-way, their progress
                                            will be thwarted, and federal policymakers' vision of stimulating their
                                            economies will be doomed. On April 1 H.R. 762 (sponsored by Representative
                                            Barbara Cubin of Wyoming) was agreed to by the full House of
                                            Representatives. The bill has been referred to the Senate Energy and Natural
                                            Resources Committee, where it continues to await further action. Please
                                            contact your colleagues on that panel to urge that they move this legislation
                                            to the forefront of their committee agenda and approve it as rapidly as
                                            possible. The very future of hundreds of rural communities around the nation
                                            may well depend on the outcome of this matter.

                                            Thank you for your help.

                                            Sincerely,
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A-5849   Case Work              2003.04.16   On April 1, 2003 three students from the University of South Dakota attended
                                             the CUR Posters on the Hill and had their picture taken with Sen. Daschle. I
                                             would like to use the picture in the USD Office of Research newsletter. Is
                                             there any way that you could e-mail me an electronic copy? The students
                                             included in the picture were Jeff K., Angela J., and Kara E.

                                             Thank you.

                                             Jackie B., Assistant
                                             Undergraduate Research Council
                                             Churchill-Haines Laboratories, SD


A-5850   Defense and Military   2003.04.16   I am a 16-year veteran of Naval Service currently deployed in support of
                                             Operation Iraqi Freedom whose permanent home of record is South Dakota. I
                                             recently became aware of three initiatives before Congress that caught my
                                             attention.

                                             Two of the three proposals have great merit. Increasing the death benefit to
                                             $12,000 and combat zone pay to $225 are both great benefits and sorely
                                             needed to compensate military members on the front lines.

                                             The third proposal, to increase Family Separation Allowance (FSA) to $250, is
                                             simply wrong. Why should a service member be paid more money to be away
                                             from his/her spouse than the Marine on the ground in Iraq or Afghanistan? I
                                             realize the tax exempt status of Hazardous Duty Pay would make it worth
                                             more in the long run, but the hard numbers give the appearance that it's
                                             worse to be separated from a spouse than shot at in a foreign land.

                                             Married service members are already making more money with BAH, all
                                             special moving allowances (DLA, MIHA, OHA, TLA), and the added FSA
                                             whenever a unit deploys. This is unfair and has established a long-standing
                                             class system where service members without dependants take home less pay
                                             for the same work.

                                             Don't allow Congress to make the mistake of assuming that rewarding a few
                                             service members for being married will carry over into increased morale for
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                                           the services as a whole. It will end up damaging morale for every service
                                           member in the lower class of military service.

                                           Thank you for your attention in this matter.....

                                           Sincerely, Kerri H.


A-5851   Government Affairs   2003.04.16   Dear Senator Daschle:

                                           Let me begin by stating my frustration with the condition of this country. Let
                                           me give you my background: I am a native of Iowa and went to the University
                                           of South Dakota for a couple of years, finished at Iowa State University with a
                                           Bachelor's Degree in Sociology and a Minor in Political Science, then to law
                                           school at the University of Tulsa. Therefore, I am very familiar with you and
                                           your participation in politics and how the political system works; in fact I love
                                           how it works when applied creatively. I admired you, the Party and the
                                           system in those days. However, it now seems as though we have forgotten
                                           how to hold people accountable for their actions. Among other things, the
                                           Democratic Party deferred to the Administration the right to declare a war for
                                           fear of backlash from the American public, yet the Party still lost power in all
                                           branches of government, what happened? Had you reached out to
                                           independent voters, like myself (however, it would almost be a cold day I hell
                                           before I voted for a Republican) you would have not have circumvented the
                                           War Power like that. Oh I know the argument, it would never have stopped
                                           him anyway etc., but by circumventing the Power, I question at what length
                                           you will sacrifice our system for the "good of the people." The only
                                           candidates that have a legitimate chance to win the nomination and
                                           potentially head of the Executive Branch, among other things, all backed this
                                           policy!

                                           Although I have a lot of respect for expressing his opinion (and yours for that
                                           matter) regarding the lack of Diplomacy this Administration has shown to the
                                           world (even to Congress if you ask me) Senator Kerry, voted to circumvent
                                           the War Power; same with Senator Edwards, Senator Lieberman and
                                           Representative Gephardt. I cannot, with a clear conscience, vote for any of
                                           these candidates. In fact if these are the only candidates that can be
                                           presented to us in the next election I do not even see the point of voting.
                                           Please, you must find a candidate that has the ability to think about the best
                                           interests of the people. I am sorry but circumventing power like that is not
                                           responsible. I am not alone in feeling this way, and if these respective
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                                    individuals are the only hope that we have, I will simply not be able to express
                                    my right to vote. Our voter turnout is horrendous in this country. I, on the
                                    other hand treasure the right. I work in civil rights for the Federal
                                    Government and I know the abominations that people of all races have
                                    suffered in demanding that women and people of color be provided the right.
                                    However, to offer candidates that do not to understand the suffering that
                                    minorities and women went through (in everything, not just the right to vote)
                                    is a sad departure from what I know of the recent glory of the Democratic
                                    Party. Considering the results of the last Presidential election, you must
                                    already know how many people are feeling like their vote does not matter
                                    anyway. Then the Party presents a bunch of candidates that blindly follow the
                                    Chief Executive simply because he says so. Even if the Party does not feel
                                    that it is doing "blindly" following him, it is the perception that I have. Have
                                    you been on govexec.com lately? I read articles distributed through all of the
                                    major media outlets on a daily basis and that is the perception that I have.

                                    Sorry for the negative tone, but I felt that if I did not get this off of my chest I
                                    would just be like all of the people who are thinking it and not presenting it to
                                    the leadership of the Party. I know what you are capable of Senator; please
                                    help the average citizen in this country. The only thing that I want for this
                                    Country is to be the greatest society that history has ever known, is that too
                                    much to ask? I do not think that is asking too much considering what we
                                    have to work with. Thank you for your time.


A-5862   Education     2003.04.16   Please add your name to sponsor a resolution to officially declare April Sexual
                                    Assault Awareness Month.

                                    Thank You

                                    Jean B. M.
                                    Outreach/Education
                                    South Dakota Coalition Against Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault


A-5870   Other         2003.04.16   Please support President Bush's legislation to limit the power of the Trial
                                    Lawyers over our culture. President Bok (President of Harvard when I was a
                                    student) warned the nation in his farewell address of the dire sweeping
                                    consequences of the unbridled power he foresaw. You are in a position to
                                    have a substantial role in bringing back some sanity and common sense to our
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                                           great country. Thank you.


A-5871   Other                2003.04.16   Just a note to ask that you support medical malpractice limitations and
                                           consider penalties of public service if there is truly malpractice. This type of
                                           legislation is long overdue and soon there will be crisis medicine only if
                                           appropriate legislation is not forthcoming. Thanks for your cooperation before
                                           we get into further crisis in medicine and surgery.


A-5872   Photograph request   2003.04.16   Dear, Senator Daschle,

                                           I am writing to ask if you would honor my request for an Authentic autograph,
                                           I collect the in my spare time to hand down to my Daughter. And yours would
                                           Really make my collection. Your a Great man.

                                           Thank you,

                                           Glenn A., N.J.


A-5873   Other                2003.04.16   I have great concerns about where our nation is headed with health care
                                           liability. Our current system is set up in a way that encourages litigation by
                                           offering potential massive rewards for going to Court, with little risk of
                                           significant economic detriment to the litigants. We had a case here in Rapid
                                           City that was brought against one of the smartest, hardest working Doctors in
                                           our community. The suing attorney tried his best to defame the Doctor during
                                           the proceedings, with hopes of ringing up a greater award. Instead, the Jury
                                           issued a reprimand to the attorney and found the Dr. innocent. Nonetheless,
                                           the Dr. was so traumatized that he left our community and left a void in his
                                           specialty of Infectious Disease. This of course jeopardized the care of
                                           thousands of patients in our community, all for the sake of greed.

                                           We need to reform our system of health care litigation. I know that the recent
                                           Bill does not address penalties for litigation, but I strongly feel that frivolous
                                           suits should be penalized by taking money out of the pockets of the litigants
                                           and placing it in the pockets of the innocent defenders. At the very least at
                                           this time, it would make sense to place a cap on the pile of gold so that there
                                           is less lust for the process.
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A-5874   Budget           2003.04.16   I recently recieved a request from the NAHB to ask you to support SB198
                                       Homeownership Tax Credit, (HOTC). I urge you not to support this measure.
                                       If you want to help lower income people to buy a house or rent an apartment
                                       give the subsidy to them not some Developer. Also, please reject the
                                       Presidents request for a tax cut that will in anyway increase the deficit.

                                       Additionally, please ask Sec. Rumsfeld why the National Museum in Bagdad
                                       could not have been given some kind of protection. I believe this action will
                                       cost us forever in the eyes of the people of Iraq and the region.


A-5875   Public Welfare   2003.04.16   Dear Senator Thomas A. Daschle:

                                       Dear Senators Daschle Johnson:

                                       As a criminal defense attorney in Sioux Falls and as a fellow democrat

                                       I urge you to vote against the above amendment. Federal Judges discretion is
                                       already severely limited by the Federal Sentencing Guidelines. Departures
                                       allow the Court to give deserving individuals a break. If good judges are
                                       appointed to the Federal bench do we have to keep limiting their discetion
                                       even further?

                                       I think not.

                                       I would urge you to introduce a bill or amendment to a bill that would once
                                       again allow Federal Judges the ability to give deserving individuals a
                                       suspended imposition of sentence i.e., a chance to get a first felony off their
                                       record.

                                       This was possible 20 some years ago.

                                       I have represented individuals that would have qualifed for a suspened imp
                                       but the Court was unable to give this break because it it no longer available.

                                       Sincerely,

                                       D. Sonny W., Attorney At Law, SD
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A-5876   Photograph request   2003.04.16   Dear Senator Daschle!

                                           I´m writing all the way from Sweden!

                                           Is it possible to get your autograph?

                                           Regards

                                           Hans J., Sweden


A-5877   Tax                  2003.04.16   Dear Mr. Daschle,

                                           I heard that the latest bill to fund the war in Iraq had a significant amount of
                                           other items attached to it. I know members of both parties were involved in
                                           adding these extras. Why is all this crying about not being able to afford the
                                           President's economic plan and tax cuts when all this extra stuff is being added
                                           (totally unrelated to the war). I have written a few emails to you regarding
                                           the cutting of taxes on stock dividends. I know you have your reasons for not
                                           supporting this. But like the above comments, double taxation on dividends
                                           does not make sense. I am not rich. But I am not concerned about the rich
                                           getting richer either. Our country takes all of us to work, whatever "class" one
                                           is labeled. Thank your for the opportunity to vent.

                                           Sincerely,

                                           Dave F., SD


B-1211   Health               2003.04.16   Dear Mr. Senator,

                                           Greetings from Aberdeen! Monday it was 80 degrees and right now it's
                                           snowing! I tell you this ensure that you believe I'm in Aberdeen. This
                                           happens almost nowhere else except South Dakota.

                                           On the 5th of May I and two colleagues will be in Washington, DC at the
                                           Legislative Sessions of the American Society of Anesthesiologists. We would
                                           like to meet you or your Health expert to discuss issues of concern to our
                                           senior citizens and our poor. We share your concern for providing rural
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                                         healthcare to all South Dakotans in need of this necessity, and we look
                                         forward to an opportunity for solving these problems together. Please be kind
                                         enough to contact me by email at [redacted] or by phon. I may be reached at
                                         St. Luke's Hospital in Aberdeen 24 hours a day through the switchboard; I
                                         carry pager #[redacted]. Thank you for helping us help our patients.

                                         Sincerely,

                                         Fred L., MD
                                         Attending Anesthesiologist
                                         Chairman, Surgical Section
                                         Medical Director, Operative Services
                                         Avera St. Luke's Hospital


A-836   Support the House   2003.04.17   Sen. Thomas Daschle
        budget in                        United States Senate
        Conference!                      509 Hart Senate Office Building
                                         Washington, D.C. 20510-4103

                                         Dear Sen. Daschle:

                                         On March 19, the House voted for a budget that cuts spending by 1% across
                                         the board, balances the budget in 7 years, and still provides funding for the
                                         full Bush tax plan that offers $726 billion in tax relief to the American people
                                         and provides incentives for economic investment and growth. The U.S.
                                         Senate, on the other hand, passed a budget that fails to restrain spending,
                                         wastes precious federal resources, and that allows for only $350 billion dollars
                                         in tax cuts - less than half the figure necessary to implement fully the
                                         President's plan.

                                         Now is the time for tough choices, and for real tax reform. The Senate plan
                                         continues to spend irresponsibly, and does not provide room for significant tax
                                         reform.

                                         The economy is still sluggish, and jobs are hard to come by - we need real tax
                                         reform to boost growth, create jobs, and provide for long-term economic
                                         health.

                                         I urge you to support the House version of the budget in Conference, and to
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                                        stick to the spending restraint and the tax cuts contained in that version.

                                        Sincerely,

                                        Sandra S.


A-1554   Foreign Affairs   2003.04.17   Dear Senator Daschle

                                        My grandson's father Josh D. with the South Dakota National Guard in Belle
                                        Fourche, SD, got called to duty and was shipped to Iraq to fight.

                                        My grandson has not received any support since his father was called to duty.
                                        I have had to pay for the support of my grandson, and my little disability
                                        check is only $763.00 a month.

                                        It is a disgrace that that Bush sends our young men off to unlawfully attack
                                        Iraq where our young men's life are in danger, and Bush will not even take
                                        care of the children these young men leave behind

                                        I was not for attacking Iraq and I am still against it! But I am forced by the
                                        criminal Bush to help support his murdering of the Iraq people and our troops.
                                        I GREATLY resent this fact!

                                        Bush never finished in Afghanistan where he killed thousands of people, and
                                        now here he is in Iraq where he killed even more people, which includes
                                        babies and children.

                                        Bush and his regime has brought all hell lose on us American people. 95% of
                                        the people in this world hate us with a passion. Terrorist groups around the
                                        world are not having any problems with recruits. There will not be a safe place
                                        on this earth for the American people. TRUTH: The most unpopular person in
                                        the world is Bush, not Saddam or Bin Laden.

                                        If you have any brains that should tell you where Bush and his regime have
                                        led us to in this world. It is us that needs a regime change for the protection
                                        of all the people in this world. Bush is a mass murderer that should be locked
                                        up for the protection of all the people in this world.

                                        There is NOTHING honorable or brave about dropping bombs from hell on
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                                           people, but yet Bush and his regime brag about it. They show it on TV to all
                                           the world and even laugh about it. On judgment day when we all have to
                                           stand naked in front of Christ I would not want to be Bush or one of his
                                           regime, or even a supporter of Bush. When Christ sees the little babies and
                                           children Bush's evil bombs from hell have blown apart He gets VERY ANGRY!

                                           Bush not Saddam is not worth the loss of one baby's life!!!

                                           It makes me sick when I think of all the death Bush has dished out upon this
                                           earth!!! It is wrong to kill we all know that. Neither Afghanistan or Iraq
                                           attacked us, they were just doing things Bush did not want them to do! 15 or
                                           more of the terrorist of 9/11 were Saudis. Money that supported the 9/11
                                           terrorist was traced back to the King's wife. We are attacking the wrong
                                           nations! But yet they are Bush's friends!

                                           Drop Bush (the baby killer) not bombs, fire Rumsfeld not guns, retire Tommy
                                           Franks and give thanks for the babies that will be saved.

                                           Robert A.


A-1555   Government Affairs   2003.04.17   I noticed that most of the people in Iraq that are happy are looters
                                           (criminals). They are happy because there is no law and they can go around
                                           looting.

                                           99.9% of the people of Iraq are hid away in their homes hating Americans
                                           with a passion.

                                           There are very few families in Iraq that one of Bush's bombs from hell has not
                                           killed one of their family members. Just think of how the families that lost
                                           babies and children to Bush's bombs from hell feel.

                                           Murdering people with bombs from hell is not a solution to anything, it a
                                           disgrace. I am soooooooooooo ashamed that Bush is the president of the
                                           United States. I cannot wait until Bush is history. And he will go down in
                                           history as the worst President we ever had. He will be a bad part of history,
                                           that I hope the United States will NEVER repeat!

                                           Bush, his regime and all of congress think they are smarter than Jesus Christ,
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                               but are a bunch of fools that have turned all hell loose on us.

                               Jesus Christ and all TRUE Christians know that love returns love, hate and
                               bombs returns hate and bombs. So you all get wise and start showing love to
                               all the world. We the United States should be an example to all the world, an
                               example of peace, not the example Bush is showing, murdering people under
                               the color of war!!!

                               What most people do not realize: All 19 of the 9/11 terrorist are dead, they
                               gave their life for the evil deed the did, they received their punishment of
                               eternal hell. We do NOT need to go around the world murdering people with
                               bombs from hell. We should not do the same thing or worse than the 9/11
                               terrorist did. We all know that two wrongs does not make a right! Bush, his
                               regime, all of congress and all who support Bush in his murdering people with
                               bombs from hell under the color of war, are all fools who are bound for eternal
                               hell. They better change their hearts and ways before they meet their maker!

                               I am a TRUE Christian that cannot support the murdering of people under the
                               color of war. Jesus Christ who is alive in me aches with pain, and is
                               righteously angry because of all the people that have been murdered by Bush
                               and his regime. Jesus Christ tells us all to love our enemies, do good to them
                               that hate you, do not kill. Wise up and figure out why He tells us that!

                               There is NO reasonable logic to justify the unlawful attack of Iraq, a nation
                               that did not attack us! The United States has dipped to it's all-time low, we
                               are now a nation that the rest of the world does not look up to. We are the
                               most hated nation in the world, thanks to Bush, his regime and all of
                               congress!

                               As for me I LOVE EVERY PERSON Bush's evil bombs form hell killed! I hope
                               the Lord Jesus Christ has everyone of them in the Kingdom of God with Him.

                               If Bush could he would put me in prison for the rest of my life because I feel
                               in my heart the way the Lord Jesus Christ tells me to feel. Because I have love
                               for people not hate.

                               Bush and his regime have trashed our constitution, laws, civil rights, God
                               given rights, morals, ideals and economy. There is not much more harm he
                               can do to all of us!
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                                       Not the least, but the most important in my heart, is the fact that Bush has
                                       murdered American troops, he has wrongly disrupted thousand and thousands
                                       of American families lives through his unlawful attack of the Iraq people,
                                       which includes my family. Bush a man that cannot even walk down a city
                                       street in his own country without bodyguards, is a sorry excuse for a leader of
                                       our great nation! A GREAT leader does not need bodyguards, everyone loves
                                       him!

                                       NEVER in the history of our country has any President had so much security,
                                       that should open you eyes to the person Bush is. Drop Bush (the baby killer)
                                       not bombs, fire Rumsfeld not guns, retire Tommy Franks and give thanks for
                                       the babies that will be saved.

                                       Robert A.


A-3375   Other ; Health   2003.04.17   I am writing to urge you to pass meaningful liability reform. The people of our
                                       wonderful country are suffering due to the outrageous litigation against many
                                       of our good physicians.

                                       Currently 18 states are experiencing a full blown medical crisis and 26 states
                                       are showing serious problem signs.

                                       Federal legislation is needed because taxpayers are paying higher costs in
                                       federal programs and state action has been thwarted in many states by court
                                       decisions.

                                       The Senate needs to act now!

                                       Thanks for your action on this pressing matter and for all you have done for
                                       South Dakota and our blessed country.


A-5863   Education        2003.04.17   Dear Senator Daschle:

                                       It is with great pride that I tell you about a group of local students that have
                                       earned the opportunity to compete in the first largest national model rocket
                                       competition, the "Team America Rocketry Challenge that you kindly
                                       recommended to the science teachers in SD. LaTecia J., Joel S., and Ben K.
                                       are seniors in my physics class at Custer High School. They designed, built,
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                                         and on March 15th, they successfully launched the rocket and two eggs to the
                                         height of 1445 feet and returned the eggs uncracked, earning them a place in
                                         the top 100 teams in the nation. Of the 873 teams that competed, only the
                                         top 100 teams can compete in the finale fly-off in Gainesville, VA on May 10-
                                         11, 2003. I am wondering if you would be interested in meeting with us and
                                         the other team from Brandon Valley High School while we are in the area. We
                                         will be flying into Washington DC on Thursday, May 8, 2003 and will have
                                         considerable time that evening and most of the next day. We hope to compete
                                         on Saturday if the weather cooperates, and Sunday if it doesn't. It would be a
                                         thrill for my students to meet you if you can work it into your schedule.

                                         Perhaps you remember Ken K., my husband SD Stock-Growers Vice-
                                         President, he sends his regards to you.

                                         Sincerely,

                                         Monica K.


A-5864   Veterans ; Agent   2003.04.17   Dear Honorable Tom Daschle:
         Orange
                                         I am a retired Vestern as Service Officer and a Navy Retired Chief Petty
                                         Officer. I would like to have your perspectives on two questions.

                                         First: As a 100% disabled Retired Veteran who gothis 100% due to Agent
                                         orange in Vietnam I was wondering if you have any plans to make sure
                                         veterans like me recieve our Retirement back for Fiscal Year 2004?

                                         Second: As a former VSO for Butte County, since at the present time category
                                         8 Vetern as cannot use the VA facilities if they were not already signed up. We
                                         are now in a War where there will be many Veterans coming back and will
                                         eventually get out of the service. It is inconcievable to me that some of these
                                         Veterans will probably be Category 8 and will not be able to use the VA
                                         facilities after one year. Is there anything coming down the road to help these
                                         Veterans?

                                         Thank-You for your time in this matter.

                                         Jack V. C.
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A-5866   Environment   2003.04.17   Sen. Thomas Daschle
                                    509 Hart Senate Office Building
                                    Washington, DC 20510-4103

                                    Dear Senator Daschle,

                                    As a citizen concerned about the plight of some of the planet's most critically
                                    threatened animals--rhinos, tigers, elephants, great apes, and neotropical
                                    migratory birds--I urge you to contact the chairman of the Interior
                                    Appropriations Subcommittee and express your support for the Multinational
                                    Species Conservation Fund. For this fund, I ask that you support $3 million
                                    for the combined Rhino-Tiger Fund; $2 million each for the Asian Elephant
                                    Fund, the African Elephant Fund, and the Great Ape Fund; and $5 million for
                                    the Neotropical Migratory Bird Fund. Funds allocated in previous years for the
                                    Multinational Species Conservation Fund are making an enormous difference.
                                    Grants from the fund have significantly improved the status of rhinos in Nepal,
                                    elephants and rhinos in southern Africa, and tigers in Russia. Black rhinos,
                                    whose numbers plummeted from 70,000 in 1970 to 2,500 in 1993, are
                                    recovering in many places and now may number 3,100. Sumatran rhinos
                                    have stabilized at 300, thanks entirely to rhino protection units supported by
                                    the fund. These successes demonstrate that a species can recover if sufficient
                                    and reliable resources are provided for antipoaching, habitat protection,
                                    disease control, public education, and measures to increase compatibility with
                                    humans. There are still many unfulfilled needs. Burgeoning human
                                    populations in India and Indonesia have fractured habitat and isolated tiger,
                                    rhino, and elephant populations. Great apes in the Congo Basin and in
                                    Indonesia struggle for survival against disease, habitat reduction, and an
                                    increasingly commercialized trade in bushmeat. People continue to poach
                                    elephants, rhinos, and tigers for ivory, horn, and body parts. Environmental
                                    contaminants and loss of habitat south of the U.S. border have decimated
                                    neotropical migratory bird populations once common in this country. Many of
                                    the countries where these species are found cannot muster the resources to
                                    meet the needs of both people and wildlife. Continued support from the
                                    Multinational Species Conservation Fund is the only hope for the future of
                                    these wildlife species.

                                    The Multinational Species Conservation Fund has been especially effective in
                                    encouraging local and international matching contributions from governments
                                    and private organizations. The program's $23 million in grants during the
                                    past 12 years has leveraged almost $100 million in additional funding for
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                                           these programs, including $14 million alone during the first year of neotropical
                                           migratory bird grants. Organizations representing sportsmen, zoos, circuses,
                                           veterinarians, conservationists, and animal protection groups support these
                                           programs. Please do all you can to increase funding for this program in fiscal
                                           2004. Continued support by the United States will help conserve highly
                                           threatened species; create a positive image of America in Asia, Africa, and
                                           Latin America; and encourage public-private partnerships throughout the
                                           world.

                                           Sincerely,

                                           Stephanie Y., SD


A-5867   Health               2003.04.17   Dear Tom

                                           We desperately need your help with Medical Insurance costs. As a very small
                                           company in Mitchell SD, (only 6 employees) we have been experiencing yearly
                                           rate increases of 10 to 30 % each year. At one time we paid 100% of our
                                           employees medical insurance, however we can no longer afford to do this, so
                                           the employees are sharing the cost. I'm not sure how many more increases
                                           we can tolerate before we will discontinue this company benefit. This year we
                                           seriously considered giving the employees the equivalent amount of money
                                           and letting them purchase their own insurance. One problem arose, we have
                                           one long time employee who has been diagnosed with diabetes and is
                                           therefore uninsurable on an individual policy. So he is uninsurable on an
                                           individual plan and on a group plan it makes the entire group rates very high.
                                           We continue to increase the deductible, now at $1000 to lessen the costs.

                                           I'm urging you to support S545 to allow the creation of AHP's so we can join
                                           with other small business owners and get insurance rates like the Fortune500
                                           companies.

                                           Thanks for listening and I hope we can count on your support.

                                           Karen A P., VP.
                                           Wholesale Electronics Inc, SD


A-5868   Government Affairs   2003.04.17   I am writing hoping that you would meet with me & my husband in person. I
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                                    know you are very busy but it is very important. We are legelly blind and
                                    receive SSDI. I was reviewed the last part of 1999 & 1st part of 2000. I was
                                    up front & honest with them about my earnings. A month ago I received
                                    another reveiw form. Some of it was reviewing what I told them 3 years ago. I
                                    just received a letter stating this week I shouldn't have received benefits from
                                    January 2000 - August 2000. In November of 1999 I received a letter stating
                                    my trial work period was over and to send my paystubs to them to see if I
                                    would continue to get benifits. I did that and also wrote out in detail what I
                                    made each month through June of 2000. I spoke with a Carol K. yesterday
                                    about this. She said lets cut through the chase & bull and get right to it. I
                                    avised I reported my earnings to them 3 years ago and they kept giving me
                                    benefits. She told me I was basicly lieing that I never reported anything. I
                                    tried to talk to Randy L., the director when I received my letter a month ago.
                                    He wouldn't talk to me or refer my file to someone else then Carol. We had
                                    trouble with her 3 years ago concerning my husband. When they decided he
                                    owes $29,000.00. We know you are very busy but we aren't the only ones this
                                    is happening to. We think you should see & hear what is going on. I am
                                    orginally from Groton and know your Aunt Loretta and family. We will be in
                                    Groton for the weekend. The letter I recieved this week states I have 10 days
                                    to respond, like I said I tried to set a meeting up but Carol said know reason
                                    to. You need to see & hear how they are treating the disabled. I look forward
                                    to hearing from you.

                                    Sincerely,

                                    Koni S.


A-5869   Housing       2003.04.17   To: Senator Thomas Daschle, Senator Tim Johnson, The Honorable William J.
                                    Janklow, and Governor Mike Rounds

                                    From: Arlo S., President, Ram Enterprise Inc., South Dakota

                                    Subject: Housing Choice Voucher Program

                                    Ram Enterprise is a contract administrator for 2 small rural Section 8
                                    Programs. We are contacting you to express our concern regarding HUD's
                                    Fiscal Year 2004 budget proposal to convert the Housing Choice Voucher to
                                    the Housing Assistance for Needy Families (HANF) program.

                                    HANF is presented as a companion to the State Administered TANF -
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                                        Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program. The Administrations
                                        rational is that HANF will provide seamless housing services and income
                                        support to needy families.20% of current program participants are elderly,
                                        disabled tenants who do not receive TANF.

                                        This proposal will negatively affect our community. We are successful, in part,
                                        because we are able to provide assistance directly. The HCVP is a fundamental
                                        element of our local housing system. We work very closely with local social
                                        service providers to develop programs that effectively meet the needs of low-
                                        income households in our community. Transferring the voucher program to
                                        the state will result in either a middle layer of management, which will reduce
                                        the level of funds available to communities that administer the program, or
                                        will case the dismantling of Public Housing Authorities that work in South
                                        Dakota.

                                        Finally, I am concerned that HUD will have less incentive to maintain
                                        appropriate funding levels and that South Dakota will be expected to cover
                                        future funding shortfalls. South Dakota, along with many other states, has a
                                        difficult time of balancing the budget and can not absorb federal program
                                        responsibilities.

                                        Thank you for your attention to this matter.

                                        Arlo S.
                                        President
                                        Ram Enterprise Inc.
                                        http://ramentinc.comarlo@ramentinc.com


A-5885   Judicial Issues   2003.04.17   Re: 'Class Action Fairness Act'-S.274

                                        Dear Senator Daschle:

                                        Our company, Dakota Craft, Inc., is located in Rapid City. We manufacture
                                        floor and roof trusses, and distribute building materials to professional
                                        contractors. We employ 90 South Dakotans, and transact about $14 million in
                                        business through our South Dakota operations. My family has owned 100% of
                                        Dakota Craft for over 20 years, while living in South Dakota.

                                        Numerous product liability issues, such as mold and construction defects,
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                                     adversely affect the structural building components industry, many times
                                     through no fault of our own. These liability issues turn into class action
                                     lawsuits, forcing companies like ours to spend millions of dollars per year to
                                     defend against the filing and even the threat of frivolous class action lawsuits.
                                     These are costs that could otherwise expand our businesses, create jobs, and
                                     develop new products within an industry that represents over 9 billion dollars
                                     in annual sales nationwide.

                                     S. 274 would help ensure balance, fairness, and consistency within our judicial
                                     system. Currently, scores of class action suits backlog our legal system. Many
                                     were filed under affable cause, by lawyers who view it as an easy way to
                                     make money. Over $205 billion-over 2% of the nation's gross domestic
                                     product-is spent annually on damages, legal fees and other court-related
                                     costs, according to Tillinghast-Towers Perrin.

                                     Please support and help pass the 'Class Action Fairness Act' to help restore
                                     balance to the United States legal system.

                                     Thank you for your attention to this very important matter. Please keep me
                                     apprised of any action you take on this issue.

                                     Sincerely,

                                     Shannon T.
                                     Vice President of Operations


A-5886   Civil Rights   2003.04.17   Sen. Thomas Daschle
                                     509 Hart Senate Office Building
                                     Washington, DC 20510-4103

                                     Dear Senator Daschle,

                                     I am concerned about the impacts of U.S. corporations operating abroad on
                                     human rights, the environment and labor rights standards. At this time of
                                     heightened concerns about international issues, U.S. corporations are informal
                                     ambassadors of American values around the world. Their operations abroad
                                     should reflect our democratic ideals and values. Unfortunately, American
                                     companies have been too often implicated in human rights abuses,
                                     environmental destruction and labor rights violations. When U.S. corporations
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                                          operate here at home, they have to disclose basic information about their
                                          operations. These disclosures promote responsible business practices that
                                          help protect workers and keep communities safe and clean. While America
                                          leads the world with the strongest domestic right to know laws, U.S.
                                          companies do not have to disclose comparable information for their operations
                                          abroad.

                                          I am particularly troubled by the poor human rights records of a number of
                                          U.S. companies leading natural resource extractive projects in Nigeria, Burma,
                                          Chad and Ecuador. In some of these cases, Unocal in Burma, Chevron in
                                          Nigeria, and Texaco in Ecuador, foreign nationals have sued American
                                          companies in U.S. courts for their irresponsible operations abroad.

                                          To address this growing imbalance between corporate rights and corporate
                                          responsibilities, human, environmental and labor rights groups have joined
                                          together to develop and promote an International Right to Know measure in
                                          Congress. This initiative builds on existing domestic right to know laws and
                                          will aid local communities in defending their basic rights. Under this initiative,
                                          U.S. based multinational corporations would be required to disclose basic
                                          information on their human rights, labor and environmental practices much in
                                          the same way they disclose domestic information. I believe that the U.S.
                                          should take the lead in holding corporations accountable and protecting the
                                          human rights of the most vulnerable. I want U.S. businesses to live up to
                                          their responsibilities to respect human rights, workers' rights and the
                                          environment. I urge you to support an International Right to Know legislation
                                          if and when it is introduced. Thank you for your time.

                                          Sincerely,

                                          Sarah K., SD


B-1976   Force a return to   2003.04.17   April 16, 2003
         REAL filibusters!
                                          Sen. Thomas Daschle
                                          United States Senate
                                          509 Hart Senate Office Building
                                          Washington, D.C. 20510-4103
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                                        Dear Sen. Daschle:

                                        I urge you in the strongest possible terms to DISCARD the 1980s "gentleman's
                                        agreement" to suspend the filibuster, and stop the shameless "fake filibuster"
                                        strategy some Democrat obstructionists are employing in the Senate to block
                                        President Bush's initiatives and judicial nominees. Senators who threaten to
                                        filibuster judicial nominations should be required to go to the floor of the
                                        Senate and actually speak. They should be required to deal with one subject
                                        only, namely the item being filibustered.

                                        Until the early 1980s, filibusters were rare. Senators actually had to speak, for
                                        hour upon hour, to block action on legislation. However, as you know, it's now
                                        only required that a senator inform the majority leader of his intention to
                                        filibuster, and a vote on legislation is suspended unless 60 senators agree to
                                        cut off the "debate." This gives any one senator the power to block a vote on
                                        any legislation. We need to return to the days of the real filibuster. It's time
                                        for the obstructionist Democrats to "put up or shut up" in the U.S. Senate. As
                                        a fellow American concerned for our legislative process, I urge you to discard
                                        the 1980s "gentleman's agreement" to suspend the filibuster. Thank you.

                                        Sincerely,

                                        Benton B., SD


B-1975   Social Security   2003.04.17   April 16, 2003

                                        Sen. Thomas Daschle
                                        United States Senate
                                        509 Hart Senate Office Building
                                        Washington, D.C. 20510-4103

                                        Dear Sen. Daschle:

                                        As your constituent, I'm writing to ask you to support Rep. Ron Paul's "Social
                                        Security for American Citizens Only Act" (H.R. 489) this session of Congress.

                                        In December, the press reported on a looming deal between the United States
                                        and the government of Mexico which would make hundreds of thousands of
                                        Mexican citizens eligible for U.S. Social Security benefits. Worse still,
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                                          thousands of foreigners who would qualify for U.S. Social Security benefits
                                          actually came to the United States and worked here illegally.

                                          Social Security should be limited to United States citizens and nationals who
                                          have paid into the system. It should not be a global giveaway. H.R. 489 would
                                          ensure that all money in the Social Security trust fund is spent solely on Social
                                          Security.

                                          As Congress continues to demonstrate an inability to control spending that
                                          threatens the Social Security trust fund, the need for this legislation has never
                                          been greater. Please support Rep. Ron Paul's "Social Security for American
                                          Citizens Only Act" (H.R. 489) this session of Congress. I will be watching for
                                          your actions on this legislation. Thank you.

                                          Sincerely,

                                          Benton B., SD


B-1974   No Foreign I.D.     2003.04.17   April 16, 2003
         Cards for Illegal
         Immigrants                       Sen. Thomas Daschle
                                          United States Senate
                                          509 Hart Senate Office Building
                                          Washington, D.C. 20510-4103

                                          Dear Sen. Daschle:

                                          I am writing to ask you to support legislation that would STOP federal facilities
                                          from accepting foreign-issued identification cards as valid identification in
                                          order to enter the building.

                                          Accepting foreign ID cards encourages illegal immigrants to continue to break
                                          the law and creates an unsafe atmosphere. There is no one in the United
                                          States of America that needs a foreign-issued ID card other than someone
                                          who is here illegally or someone here who is a felon. Even if this were a
                                          secure system -- which it is NOT -- it is simply not the responsibility of our
                                          government to accept a foreign government's card.

                                          Cards are issued by foreign governments through their consular offices to
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                                              cardholders that are widely recognized to be in the United States illegally,
                                              because they otherwise would be able to obtain state-issued cards, such as
                                              driver's licenses. Some of these cards, such as the Matricula Consular card
                                              from Mexico, can be obtained simply by printing out a blank Mexican birth
                                              certificate from the Internet and filling in some information. There are reports
                                              that one man arrested in California was carrying three cards with different
                                              names.

                                              This travesty must be stopped. Please support legislation that would STOP
                                              federal facilities from accepting foreign-issued identification cards as valid
                                              identification in order to enter the building. Thank you.

                                              Sincerely,

                                              Benton B., SD


B-1973   Please require the      2003.04.17   April 16, 2003
         INS to tell the truth
         regarding the                        Sen. Thomas Daschle
         Second Amendment                     United States Senate
                                              509 Hart Senate Office Building
                                              Washington, D.C. 20510-4103

                                              Dear Sen. Daschle:

                                              The Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) has published a document
                                              for teaching civics to prospective citizens, and that document contains at least
                                              two obvious false and misleading statements. The document, entitled the
                                              United States Government Structure Study Guide for Civics Exam, is located
                                              at: http://www.ins.gov/graphics/services/natz/usstruct.pdf

                                              On page 2, that document states that the Constitution protects the "right to
                                              bear arms, or to own weapons (a special permit is required)." On page 5, the
                                              document explains the Second Amendment: "Amendment 2 Guarantees the
                                              right to have weapons or own a gun, though subject to certain regulations.
                                              (Also called the right to bear arms.)" Both of these statements are false.
                                              There is no "permit" requirement in the Constitution or Bill of Rights. The
                                              Second Amendment does not qualify the right to keep and bear arms with the
                                              phrase "subject to certain regulations." As you know, the Second Amendment
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                                       declares that the people's right to keep and bear arms "shall not be infringed."
                                       On its face that language precludes any "permit" or "regulation" that would
                                       "infringe" the right. The INS document teaches prospective citizens a doctrine
                                       of "gun control" that is not part of the Constitution. I am not asking the INS to
                                       take a position on "gun control," I am asking that the INS take no position:
                                       just state what the Second Amendment says. Quote the language. If the
                                       Second Amendment needs an explanation, then explain it accurately: that it
                                       protects the right of the people to keep and bear arms. A government agency
                                       that knowingly and falsely states fundamental laws of our Republic cannot be
                                       tolerated. Please take whatever steps are necessary to require the INS, in all
                                       of its publications, to tell the truth and take no political position on the Second
                                       Amendment. Thank you.

                                       Sincerely,

                                       Benton B., SD


A-3765   Other ; Health   2003.04.18   Even here in South Dakota our malpractice insurance premiums have gone up
         insurance                     300% in the last couple years. As you know these costs eventually make it
                                       back to the health care consumer. We urgently need reform from the federal
                                       level. Please vote in favor of the reform package. Thanks for your
                                       consideration


A-4298   Civil Rights     2003.04.18   Sen. Thomas Daschle
                                       509 Hart Senate Office Building
                                       Washington, DC 20510-4103

                                       Dear Senator Daschle,

                                       I am concerned about the impacts of U.S. corporations operating abroad on
                                       human rights, the environment and labor rights standards. At this time of
                                       heightened concerns about international issues, U.S. corporations are informal
                                       ambassadors of American values around the world. Their operations abroad
                                       should reflect our democratic ideals and values. Unfortunately, American
                                       companies have been too often implicated in human rights abuses,
                                       environmental destruction and labor rights violations. When U.S. corporations
                                       operate here at home, they have to disclose basic information about their
                                       operations. These disclosures promote responsible business practices that
                                       help protect workers and keep communities safe and clean. While America
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                                    leads the world with the strongest domestic right to know laws, U.S.
                                    companies do not have to disclose comparable information for their operations
                                    abroad.

                                    I am particularly troubled by the poor human rights records of a number of
                                    U.S. companies leading natural resource extractive projects in Nigeria, Burma,
                                    Chad and Ecuador. In some of these cases, Unocal in Burma, Chevron in
                                    Nigeria, and Texaco in Ecuador, foreign nationals have sued American
                                    companies in U.S. courts for their irresponsible operations abroad.

                                    To address this growing imbalance between corporate rights and corporate
                                    responsibilities, human, environmental and labor rights groups have joined
                                    together to develop and promote an International Right to Know measure in
                                    Congress. This initiative builds on existing domestic right to know laws and
                                    will aid local communities in defending their basic rights. Under this initiative,
                                    U.S. based multinational corporations would be required to disclose basic
                                    information on their human rights, labor and environmental practices much in
                                    the same way they disclose domestic information. I believe that the U.S.
                                    should take the lead in holding corporations accountable and protecting the
                                    human rights of the most vulnerable. I want U.S. businesses to live up to
                                    their responsibilities to respect human rights, workers' rights and the
                                    environment. I urge you to support an International Right to Know legislation
                                    if and when it is introduced. Thank you for your time.

                                    Sincerely,

                                    Alecia S., SD


A-4520   Environment   2003.04.18   Oh Tom! Just wanted you to know the Lutherans are still behind you! You
                                    can join us!

                                    Signed,

                                    Someone who will vote for you even if the Pope won't!

                                    PS-It was hard to figure out a topic for this message-so I decided to put it
                                    under environment!
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A-5800   Environment   2003.04.18   April 17, 2003

                                    Sen. Thomas Daschle
                                    509 Hart Senate Office Building
                                    Washington, DC 20510-4103

                                    Dear Senator Daschle

                                    I urge you to oppose any effort to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to
                                    oil and gas development. Please join more than 100 members of Congress as
                                    a cosponsor of legislation to protect the coastal plain of the refuge as
                                    wilderness (H.R. 770 and S. 543). If you have already decided to cosponsor,
                                    thank you for recognizing the value of protecting the refuge.

                                    The coastal plain is the biological heart of the Arctic Refuge and one of the
                                    most important regions on the planet for conserving biological diversity.
                                    Unfortunately, oil drilling would subject this world-class resource to a
                                    spiderweb of roads, pipelines, drill pads, housing, and other infrastructure that
                                    would destroy the wilderness character of the land and limit the free
                                    movement of wildlife.

                                    Contrary to the claims of drilling proponents, drilling in the refuge is not the
                                    answer to America's energy problems. It would not appreciably reduce U.S.
                                    dependence on foreign oil and could not insulate the United States from short-
                                    term volatility in the world oil market. The government estimates that only
                                    six months of economically recoverable oil exists in the coastal plain and it
                                    would not be available for 10 years.

                                    A much better approach to managing our natural resources and securing our
                                    energy future would be to require our growing fleet of sport utility vehicles to
                                    meet the fuel economy standards now in force for passenger cars. Such a
                                    step would save us more oil over the next decade than would drilling in the
                                    Arctic Refuge.

                                    This year marks the 100th anniversary of the National Wildlife Refuge
                                    System. During this centennial year, please help protect this crown jewel of
                                    the refuge system.

                                    Sincerely,
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A-5840   Health        2003.04.18   Dear Tom:

                                    Thanks for talking to me at the South Dakota Technical Summitt!!

                                    My mother Helene M. will be turning 91 in June this year. She worked for the
                                    Veteran's Administration and also the Department of Justice for 30 years.
                                    Recently she fell in her bedroom and hit her head on a dresser. She was taken
                                    to the hospital by ambulance and admitted to emergency. She seemed to
                                    have trouble taking care of her self after this and it was determined she
                                    needed to be admitted to a nursing care facility here in Sioux Falls. She
                                    receives a Federal Retirement sum of $1100.00 a month and Social Security
                                    benefits of $560.00 an month. The nursing home Luther Manor in Sioux Falls
                                    bed rate is $169.00. per day. You can see that her Federal Pension and
                                    Social Security is not enough to pay for her care. We have contacted the
                                    South Dakota Department of Social Services and started the process of
                                    applying for Medicaid assistance.

                                    In the process of getting things in order with her Federal Life Insurance and
                                    Federal Retirement Pension I stumbled on to a program for Federal Employees
                                    that we did not know was available. This program is the Federal Long Term
                                    Care Insurance Program. She would have been eligible for this coverage if
                                    she was not in a nursing home and would have signed up prior to her fall.

                                    I work at the Eros Data Center in Sioux Falls, which as you know is a Federal
                                    Government facility here in South Dakota. I have asked several Government
                                    employees if they were aware of this Long Term Care Program and they said
                                    that they were not familiar with it. I looked through the materials that my
                                    mother has received and did not see anything that mentioned this program.
                                    If we had known that my mother was eligible for this coverage we would have
                                    had it taken out of her Federal Retirement supplement.

                                    I feel as if I let my mother down by not finding out about this or not being
                                    informed when my mother was still eligible to be covered by this program.
                                    Since my mother does not have this coverage she will have to give the State
                                    of South Dakota all of her income from both her Social Security and her
                                    Federal Retirement Pension. I think that somewhere along the line the
                                    Federal Government should have announced this new program's availability
                                    and benefits. I sent you one e-mail already and started thinking about this
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                                    again and decided to provide you with more information. I don't know if you
                                    can help me with this and I know that technically my mother is not eligible to
                                    apply for this coverage any more. I do feel like my mother did not receive a
                                    fair deal here due to a technicality and think has caused my mother to lose
                                    everything that she worked for. I know in looking back at when she was
                                    employed at the United States Attorney's office in Sioux Falls that her
                                    different bosses over the years appreciated all the extra effort she put forth
                                    for them. Even after she retired they called and asked if she could come and
                                    help them out with Indian Trials that were going on at the time. She did and I
                                    know they really appreciated her.

                                    I only want the Government to be fair about this and help someone that was a
                                    dedicated and loyal employee for over 30 years.

                                    Thanks much

                                    Dennis B.
                                    Network Engineer
                                    Eros Data Center


A-5878   Agriculture   2003.04.18   I was reviewing an article on Senate Bill 476. In particular section 106 and
                                    107 where it indicates a substantial reduction in capital gains tax if land is sold
                                    to a nature conservancy. If this happens the nature conservance then sells
                                    the land to the government and makes huge profits, along with taking land
                                    away from private sector. Is this correct and does it need some attention.
                                    Please advise.


A-5879   Environment   2003.04.18   Dear Senator Daschle, as a geology student at the South Dakota School of
                                    Mines in Rapid City years ago, I learned a great appreciation for South
                                    Dakotas Great Plains and Black Hills beauty. Today the Great Plains
                                    ecosystem is one of the most imperiled landscapes in our country, despite its
                                    vast extent. Nationally, although the National Forest Service administers
                                    millions of acres of National Grasslands, not one acre has been permanently
                                    been protected as wilderness. It would be a great tragedy if the last remaining
                                    public badlands and prairie landscapes became roaded and developed. We
                                    have a duty to protect the fossil beds from looters, and to protect the last few
                                    sizeable roadless areas in our public grasslands before they dwindle to
                                    nothing. I believe that your leadership in introducing a bill to protect areas
                                    that are recommended for wilderness by both citizen groups and managing
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                                    agencies in South Dakota will help set a precedent for protection of the las! t
                                    remaining pristine grasslands nationwide. Designation of Slim Buttes and
                                    other remote Custer National Forest tracks will also aid in the recovery of one
                                    of our most intensely managed national forests. These measures will
                                    ultimately help the tourism industry, the state's second largest revenue
                                    source, by attracting more low-impact outdoor enthusiasts. This added
                                    visitation would be a stable and renewable revenue source for isolated
                                    communities, and diversify the tourism industry, which today caters largely to
                                    motorized car campers and sight-seers. Thank you for considering my
                                    suggestions.


A-5880   Culture       2003.04.18   Hello Senator:

                                    I sent the following letter to several local papers in Tennessee, USA Today and
                                    the Argus because I wanted the bishop to see it. Good luck.

                                    Regards,

                                    Joe

                                    April 17, 2003

                                    Dear Editor:

                                    Tom Daschle,

                                    The Senate Minority Leader, is in receipt of a letter from the bishop of the
                                    Catholic Diocese of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, (Senator Daschle's home
                                    diocese), informing him that he may no longer refer to himself as a Catholic
                                    because of his publicly stated position on abortion. I share Senator Daschle's
                                    viewpoint on abortion. Further, I also support artificial birth control, cloning
                                    research on humans, female Catholic priests, and recognition of a gay lifestyle
                                    as a moral fact of life. I still consider myself to be, and call myself a Roman
                                    Catholic. I still take Communion. I guess the Catholic Church won't like that.
                                    Sue me.

                                    Regards,
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A-5881   Wind Power: HR        2003.04.18   April 16, 2003
         2322
                                            Sen. Thomas Daschle
                                            United States Senate
                                            509 Hart Senate Office Building
                                            Washington, D.C. 20510-4103

                                            Sen. Daschle:

                                            Good Day Senator Daschle,

                                            My name is Larry S. and am writing to ask you to support HR 2322, regarding
                                            tax incentives to small business and residential users of Wind Power.

                                            I am a resident of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, and can attest to the
                                            impovershed struggle in maintaining a living as well as job security to keep up
                                            with the cost of electricity. I'm implementing a wind generator in the Bennett
                                            Cty. area and Lacreek Elec. reserves every right to regulate any wind
                                            generation, as well as refuse to pay for any surplus energy

                                            created by a home system. I feel this is unjust as I am within the
                                            Jurisdicitional Sovereignty of the Oglala Sioux Tribe and it's resources. Please
                                            support HR 2322, and additional benefits to members of Federally recognized
                                            entities.

                                            Sincerely,

                                            Larry S., SD


A-5882   5 Year old disabled   2003.04.18   April 16, 2003
         child being "Left
         Behind"                            Sen. Thomas Daschle
                                            United States Senate
                                            509 Hart Senate Office Building
                                            Washington, D.C. 20510-4103
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                               Sen. Daschle:

                               Dear Friend, I am writing you today, for my son. My son is five (5) years old.
                               He isin kindergarten. My son has been diagnosed: Aspergers (autism)
                               A.D.H.D. (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) O.D.D. (Oppositional
                               Defiance Disorder) Mood Disorder Justin ( my son) is supposed to be on an
                               IEP. With this I have been told the school is required to follow all instructions
                               in the contract.

                               We have been actively working on Justins IEP since he started school.

                               His father and I have taken him 400 miles for hospitalization twice in a year.
                               This last time was recently, in March. At our last meeting I was able to attend,
                               I was under the belief Justin was to have "crunchy chewy" foods available to
                               help with his O.T. (Occupational Therapy), theraputty, a big ball, and other
                               such things. To my knowledge, and according to Justin, The crunchy chewy
                               foods have not been made available, even though I have offered to bring
                               them myself. The theraputty was taken from him because he threw it. And I
                               am not sure if the big ball was ever offered.

                               I also last week was informed that Justin was spending about 90% of his
                               school day with the lunch room monitor. He spends all of 30 minutes in a
                               learning center when he gets to school. When I inquired about how much time
                               he was spending in the classroom, I was informed by the principal, Dr.
                               Higglin, that he did spend "some" time in the regular classroom. I then asked
                               about his status in the school. I was astonished to find that he was/is listed as
                               "general education", not even special education! I do not see how they can
                               consider this general education.

                               Furthermore, Justins psychiatrist specifically prescribed 24 hour constant adult
                               supervision. I had requested an aide for Justin on more than one occasion,
                               and was told he could not have one until the IEP was complete. The IEP was
                               completed, still no aide. As such, a student was hit in the face by my son,
                               because no-one was supervising him. On another date, a mother of a different
                               child found my son in the drive-way at the school, unattended. She was aware
                               of his condition, and brought him in. Justin, from a young age, has been
                               known to run off with out concern. I had made this very clear to the
                               school/education team, and was again ignored.

                               Justins psychological, therapeutic, and home caregivers have all agreed that
                               the best place for Justin to receive the care and educational needs he requires
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                               would be in a residency. My son is on S.S.I. I went to the Department of
                               Social Services to speak with the worker who helps in deciding whether or not
                               Title XIX will pay for a residency. While I was there she informed me that
                               Justin would be approved, however the school district would have to decide
                               whether or not they felt he required it for them to fund the educational
                               portion. I was then informed that Rapid City's School district, to her
                               knowledge, had never made a recommendation for residency. I was then
                               informed that it would be very difficult to convince them that Justin was not
                               receiving the proper education necessary for him to remain in the public
                               school.

                               This woman was not the only person to tell me this. I have since been told
                               that Rapid City School District is very difficult to work with in these matters.
                               One person in specific actually asked me "He's not in Rapid City School District
                               is he?" with a cringe on her face. It has come to my attention that there is a
                               problem with students with disabilities in our school district. I also discovered
                               that several parents from just our school have transferred their students to
                               different school districts to ensure the proper education of there children.

                               This has to be unacceptable to all of us. If my child did not have any
                               problems, and it did not affect me in this way, it would still be unacceptable to
                               me. In my research I learned of a program called "No Child Left Behind", and I
                               feel this is exactly what is happening here. I understand the schools want to
                               be able to help every child, and would prefer to not have to pay for a
                               residency, but the moneys received in grants and such are the to help the
                               student, not keep the school out of debt.

                               My son is at a crucial state in his development. The proper education and
                               workings with him, and he might just be able to function in society when he
                               becomes older. If he is left in this situation, he will only regress. I fear in time
                               he will become unable to function in a normal surrounding. I pray that
                               someday he can have friends, a job and perhaps maybe even children of his
                               own. I do not think he is on that path today. He cannot even go to the park,
                               because he feels threatened by a child and lashes out physically. The child
                               may only try to sit on a swing he was on and he is furious. I do not want to
                               see my child in prison someday, because he was neglected at a time when a
                               difference could have been made, and money or hurt pride for not being able
                               to meet his needs were more important. As Justins mother I understand more
                               than anyone the desire to keep him out of a residency, however, I had to
                               come to the realization that he needs more than I can give him right now, I
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                                           only hope the system can come to that understanding before it's too late.

                                           I pray you will take this letter very seriously, and consider any options
                                           available to help make things like this a little less painful for parents like
                                           myself, who are already going through so much pain. Just knowing that I am
                                           not enough for my son, is hard enough to live with and accept, but, having to
                                           fight tooth and nail to make the school district understand, is just more than
                                           any parent should have to deal with.

                                           I have, as well as other parents, contacted South Dakota Advocacy. I was
                                           even told by them, that this would be a very difficult fight. It would probably
                                           not end favorably. It should not be this hard! I pray you understand and can
                                           shed some light on this subject. My son has hardly learned more than he
                                           knew when he started school. He knows a few more letters, 1 more shape,
                                           and can identify 2 words. I have been called on several occasions to pick him
                                           up or give the school ideas on how to handle him. As I am not capable of
                                           controlling the outbursts that he has without help, I cannot give them much
                                           assistance. I truly feel he is not able to learn in an environment like this. Any
                                           and all advice or forms of action would be greatly appreciated.

                                           Sincerely,

                                           April K., SD


A-5883   Business and         2003.04.18   Tom:
         Economic
         Development                       I am sorry I was unable to talk with you and personally thank you for the Tech
                                           Summit meeting yesterday. I have attended the last two summits, and find
                                           them challenging and thought provoking. They are one of the best events
                                           available to the public in South Dakota.

                                           Thanks for your efforts in arranging these opportunities, and providing
                                           excellent speakers and panelists.

                                           Craig K.


A-5884   Support S. 659 and   2003.04.18   April 16, 2003
         Lawful Commerce
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                               Sen. Thomas Daschle
                               United States Senate
                               509 Hart Senate Office Building
                               Washington, D.C. 20510-4103

                               Dear Sen. Daschle:

                               I urge you to take a leadership role in strengthening our rule of law and
                               protecting American jobs by supporting S. 659, the Protection of Lawful
                               Commerce in Arms Act. This legislation will block reckless, baseless "junk"
                               lawsuits against honest people in a responsible industry -- and it will save jobs
                               in our state. Trial lawyers and city officials are targeting gun manufacturers in
                               the courts with dozens of baseless lawsuits, trying to make policies that
                               rightfully are the purview of state and federal legislators. In the first suit
                               brought to trial, the presiding judge's decision read: "The city's complaint is
                               an improper attempt to have this court substitute its judgment for that of the
                               legislature."

                               And just recently, counsel for the NAACP admitted in his opening remarks that
                               "This case is about obtaining a judicial remedy when legislative doors have
                               been shut..."Supporting this bill protects jobs. Each year, hunting and the
                               shooting sports nationally generate in excess of $31 billion in economic
                               activity supporting more than 986,000 jobs. Whether it's a family owned
                               sporting goods store, a major retailer, the provider of travel services to
                               hunters visiting our state or just the diner they stop at for breakfast and
                               dinner during a day spent in the field, businesses depend on the legitimate
                               livelihoods supported by commerce in firearms. Firearm owners support jobs
                               in a supply and distribution chain, badly needed jobs for workers in our state,
                               in addition to manufacturing jobs.

                               The National Association of Manufacturers, representing 14,000 companies
                               and 18 million people who make things in America, recently wrote in about
                               this lawsuit strategy, "It threatens to seriously undermine the ability of any
                               manufacturer to produce and sell products that are lawful and non-defective,
                               simply because those products may be criminally misused. And let's not kid
                               ourselves; such misuse could result in disastrously high jury awards that could
                               well bankrupt countless upstanding companies."

                               A legal industry being destroyed by lawsuits would result in lost jobs and
                               catastrophic consequences to state conservation efforts paid for by excise
                               taxes on firearms and ammunition. Please, co-sponsor S. 659, the Protection
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                                             of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act. I look forward to hearing from you soon to
                                             tell me whether you support S. 659.

                                             Sincerely,

                                             Daniel H., SD


A-5915   Defense and Military   2003.04.18   Mr. Daschle:

                                             You must be kidding that you have jumped on board with the country and the
                                             military after your "failed diplomacy" statement. The voters will not forget
                                             your failed policy. You are so far out of touch with what is right for this
                                             country that it is scary that we elected you to the Senate before. Don't worry
                                             we won't make that mistake again!


A-5916   Defense and Military   2003.04.18   Hi Tom,

                                             My name is Beth E., my husband is a member of the 323rd Chemical CO. As
                                             you are aware they are currently mobilized & deployed the Great USA about 1
                                             month ago. I spoke with my husband, SFC Richard J M. (a Viet Nam / Gulf
                                             War Veteran) this morning. In his extensive military career he has rarely
                                             complained about the conditions, illness, etc he has experienced. The
                                             situation was not such today. He informed me when i asked if the care
                                             packages/letters had been arriving, that they had received NO MAIL!!! It
                                             sounded as tho the troops morale was a bit down. He also stated that other
                                             SD military units were experiencing the same. Based upon his suggestion, I
                                             felt a need to keep you informed & hope that you might aide our soldiers in
                                             this area. We appreciate the work that you do!!!

                                             Again Thank You for looking into this issue.

                                             Sincerely,

                                             Beth M E.
                                             323rd Chemical CO.
                                             Family Support Group Member
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B-60     Foreign Affairs   2003.04.18   I read an article in an newslink (atimes.com 4 april) reporting Israeli daily
                                        Ha'aretz that Isrealis seriously concidering a oilpipeline trafering oil from
                                        Mosul to Haifa. Since it has to go through Syria, and US posturing gives even
                                        US citizens let along most of the Arab world justifcation to believe they are
                                        going to invade Syria.

                                        Would it not go a long way and more profitable to give them a peace of the
                                        action of a pipeline. give them a vested interest not to mess around.


B-780    Communications    2003.04.18   How sad that you continue to embarrass the residents of South Dakota. We
                                        recently received a flyer with your picture listed with the Deadly Dozen---all
                                        supporters of killing innocent life in the womb. There is no way you can
                                        defend this position and if Bishop Carlson chooses not to chastise you--
                                        REMEMBER Any Catholic who knowingly supports the taking of innocent life
                                        by abortion is automatically excommunicated. YOU do it to yourself!! If you
                                        receive Communion in this state of Mortal sin--you commit a sacrilegious act.
                                        WHAT DOTH IT PROFIT A MAN IF HE WERE TO GAIN THE WHOLE WORLD AND
                                        SUFFER THE LOSS OF HIS OWN SOUL......


B-1627   Housing           2003.04.18   Dear Tom,

                                        Thank you for meeting with the small delegation of housing officials from
                                        South Dakota, last month. We always appreciate whatever time you can
                                        spare to visit with us, and your staff is always very knowledgable about the
                                        issues that concern us. I am again contacting you to ask that you do
                                        whatever you can to eliminate from the 2004 Omnibus budget package, the
                                        proposal by the Bush Administration and Secretary Martinez, t0 "block grant"
                                        the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program. It makes no sense
                                        whatsoever, to introduce a very expensive middle man into this system, which
                                        for the most part, is working quite well on a local level. We keep hearing from
                                        the Republican's the mantra about less government interference. Well, it
                                        seems to me that block granting this program to the state level, which
                                        requires additional oversight, additional costs, and additional reporting, means
                                        ADDING government where it is not needed. In our state, not a single public
                                        housing agency is listed as "troubled" by the Section 8 Management
                                        Assessment Program (SEMAP), which is an internal audit funtion of HUD. We
                                        at the local level, know our community better than those living 250 miles
                                        north. We know who to call when there is someone in need of food stamps,
                                        or child care assistance. We know what agency to contact when a senior
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                                    needs meals on wheels, or someone is in need of counseling services. All we
                                    are asking for is permission to continue serving our clients at the same levels
                                    we have been, without the loss of funding. This block grant proposal does not
                                    include any funding to offset the costs the state would incur by administering
                                    the program, therefore, those costs will come out of the funding we are are
                                    using today to house families! What is the priority of this administration, to
                                    increase bureaucratic costs at the expense of the elderly, disabled and very
                                    low income? You have always worked hard for those in our state who little or
                                    no voice. Please, do not forget them now. The Section 8 Housing Choice
                                    Voucher Program is working well, there is no reason to use up valuable and
                                    scarce resources, to pay for unnecessary government expense. Thank you for
                                    your efforts on behalf of the disabled, elderly and very low income families we
                                    are serving.

                                    Sincerely,

                                    Ann H.
                                    Executive Director of Yankton Housing and Redevelopment Commission


A-5419   Environment   2003.04.19   Sen. Thomas Daschle
                                    509 Hart Senate Office Building
                                    Washington, DC 20510-4103

                                    Dear Senator Daschle,

                                    I strongly oppose the Bush administration's efforts to eliminate Clean Water
                                    Act protections for many of the nation's waters, including streams, wetlands,
                                    small ponds and other waters. I urge you to express your opposition to the
                                    administration's recently announced advance notice of proposed rulemaking
                                    and accompanying guidance, and to do all you can to make sure that all of the
                                    nation's waters remain protected by the Clean Water Act as they have been
                                    for the last 30 years. The EPA's and Corps of Engineers' January 15 Advance
                                    Notice of Proposed Rulemaking is an attempt to limit the Clean Water Act's
                                    jurisdiction over waters that are important to public health and the
                                    environment. This proposal is in direct conflict with the original intent of the
                                    Clean Water Act -- to maintain the chemical, physical and biological integrity
                                    of all waters of the United States. Limiting the scope of the Clean Water Act
                                    will have devastating effects. Removing essential federal safeguards against
                                    destruction and degradation will:- place community water supplies at risk-
                                    result in more polluted streams, rivers and coastal waters- increase flooding,
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                                    as destroyed wetlands will no longer be able to absorb flood waters, and-
                                    harm endangered and threatened wildlife species - 43 percent of which rely on
                                    wetlands for survival.

                                    Please tell the Bush administration not to go forward with any rulemaking
                                    proposal to limit the scope of the Clean Water Act and hinder the ability of
                                    communities nationwide to safeguard their valuable water resources.

                                    Sincerely,

                                    Jenny K., SD


A-5733   Other         2003.04.19   Sen. Thomas Daschle
                                    509 Hart Senate Office Building
                                    Washington, DC 20510-4103

                                    Dear Senator Daschle,

                                    In approving an appropriation for $77.9 billion to fund the war on Iraq, the
                                    House has acted childishly by attaching an amendment banning any U.S.
                                    dollars from going to French, German, Russian or Syrian companies bidding on
                                    postwar reconstruction contracts in Iraq. Such action further weakens already-
                                    strained international relationships, and threatens the well-being of American
                                    companies abroad and the job security of U.S. employees of French and
                                    German companies here at home. We should be rebuilding our frayed
                                    relationships with traditional allies France and Germany, not spiting them.
                                    Rebuilding Iraq will be no easy task, and we will need all the help we can get.
                                    The House bill embarrasses both the country and the president if it passes.
                                    The Senate must block this thoughtless House amendment!

                                    If the amendment becomes law, it would reinforce the widespread suspicion
                                    abroad that the war was not about terrorism or weapons of mass destruction
                                    but about money, that this was all a grand design to put American companies
                                    in control of Iraqi oil. This attempt to exclude selected foreign corporations
                                    invites retaliation in a globalized economy. Thousands of Americans work for
                                    subsidiaries of French and German corporations -- the United States is a
                                    major manufacturer of German cars. And the targeted countries may be
                                    moved to strike back at the operations of our own U.S. companies. As a
                                    person of faith and as a member of the United Church of Christ, I urge you to
                                    oppose this silly but dangerous amendment. It's a matter of justice for all of
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                                          God's people.

                                          Sincerely,

                                          scott m., SD


A-5909   Medical Liability   2003.04.19   April 18, 2003
         Reform
                                          Sen. Thomas Daschle
                                          United States Senate
                                          509 Hart Senate Office Building
                                          Washington, D.C. 20510-4103

                                          Dear Sen. Daschle:

                                          The medical liability crisis in the United States continues to grow and is
                                          threatening patient access to physicians. Please support strong federal
                                          legislation to accomplish medical liability reform. Thank you for your
                                          consideration.

                                          Sincerely,

                                          David R., MD, SD


A-5910   Other               2003.04.19   Sen. Thomas Daschle
                                          509 Hart Senate Office Building
                                          Washington, DC 20510-4103

                                          Dear Senator Daschle,

                                          As a person of faith, I am deeply concerned about the safety of both American
                                          soldiers and Iraqi civilians.

                                          Although the fighting has officially started, I still believe this unjust war lacks
                                          the support of the international community and is a violation of international
                                          law. I am praying for the leaders of our nation, for members of the military,
                                          and for the people of Iraq. May God help us find our way toward peace.
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                                        Sincerely,

                                        scott m., SD


A-5911   Foreign Affairs   2003.04.19   Restoring Security and Stability in Post-Saddam Iraq Must be the First Order
                                        of Business

                                        "Our military's success in Iraq is a testament to the brave men and women
                                        who proudly serve our country in uniform. Our troops have discharged their
                                        duties magnificently and with great courage. In roughly three weeks of ground
                                        combat, our troops were able to end Saddam Hussein's 24-year stranglehold
                                        on Iraq. This has not come without cost, and my prayers are with the families
                                        of those troops who gave the ultimate sacrifice in this effort. As we look
                                        forward, I agree with the President that the challenges that remain in Iraq are
                                        many, and the international community has a vital role in helping us address
                                        them. The price tag for post-conflict security, humanitarian assistance, and
                                        reconstruction has been estimated to be as much as $20 and 25 billion per
                                        year over 10 years. The United States should not bear this burden alone.
                                        Restoring security and stability in post-Saddam Iraq must be the first order of
                                        business. Afghanistan, Kosovo, and Haiti have taught us that security and
                                        stability are the keys to peace and prosperity. We must recognize up front
                                        that this will take time and we must be prepared to stay the course, ideally
                                        with a broad coalition of our friends, including NATO, the EU, and countries in
                                        the region. Given the strategic importance of Iraq to the region and the world,
                                        and the predominant role our troops played in removing Saddam, America
                                        need not and should not take on sole responsibility for the challenges of a
                                        post-Saddam Iraq. We have to find the right division of labor for the many
                                        difficult and costly tasks that face us. And the United Nations will have to play
                                        a central role in these efforts. Rebuilding Iraq alone or largely alone will entail
                                        increased costs and risks for the United States. That is why I have long
                                        argued that the United States should not bear this burden alone. The best way
                                        to protect our national security interests and ensure the security of Iraq is by
                                        assembling a broad coalition that is prepared to stay the course." BLAH,
                                        BLAH, BLAH...LIAR!

                                        You are the most willow of any politician in my lifetime. Bend here and there.
                                        "SADDENED..."Take the Bush Administration's goals and make them yours???
                                        You make me sick and I don't want your representation! President Bush and
                                        his administration are the way America needs to go.
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                                           Wake Up, Daschle! You do NOT represent South Dakota!

                                           YOU MOST DEFINITELY DO NOT REPRESENT ME OR MY FAMILY! I WILL NOT
                                           VOTE FOR YOU IN ANY ELECTION.

                                           Willow that you are. Do you understand Constituency???

                                           Barbra S.


A-5912   Photograph request   2003.04.19   Hello

                                           Being a huge political fan, I was wondering if I could get a couple of
                                           autographed photos of yourself. Keep up the good work representing the
                                           country.

                                           Thank you,

                                           Scott C., TN


A-5913   Stop Glaxo Now!!!    2003.04.19   April 17, 2003

                                           Sen. Thomas Daschle
                                           United States Senate
                                           509 Hart Senate Office Building
                                           Washington, D.C. 20510-4103

                                           Dear Sen. Daschle:

                                           Thanks to affordable and high quality Canadian medications, my family and
                                           thousands of other Americans in need across the United States have been
                                           receiving good healthcare. Sadly now, drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline is
                                           threatening our long-established right to purchase these medications with its
                                           recent ban against its drugs being sold to Americans. They prefer that all
                                           Americans continue to pay THE HIGHEST DRUG PRICES IN THE WORLD Glaxo
                                           Wants Is Focused on "Strong Profit Growth"In my opinion, Glaxo is taking this
                                           step mainly because it is focused on high sales and profits. In 2001, the
                                           company had more than $30 billion in sales and $8.2 billion in pre-tax profits.
                                           Certainly, by issuing the ban, Glaxo is not very concerned about the health
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                               and safety of its patients.

                               As Glaxo's 2002 Annual Report began with the heading: "STRONG PROFIT
                               GROWTH."

                               One might add the words, "at the expense of America's seniors in need."

                               Stop Glaxo Now

                               I strongly urge you to take immediate action to: Reverse GlaxoSmithKline's
                               ban against Canadian drugs for American

                               Prevent any other drugmakers from limiting Americans' access to these life-
                               saving medications Ensure that, long-term, American consumers can purchase
                               Canadian medications if they choose to via mail order pharmacies and walk-in
                               pharmacies in Canada

                               As you know, U.S. drug costs continue to be among the fastest-growing health
                               care costs in the country. Retail drug spending skyrocketed 17.1 percent in
                               2001, and much of this increase was due to price increases according to the
                               National Institute for Healthcare Management Foundation.

                               Glaxo's Drug Discount Programs Exclude ManyWhile Glaxo has taken its
                               action, many consumers have no other recourse to access such outstanding
                               drug savings. Unfortunately, the drug industry's discount cards do not
                               provide sufficient savings to meet millions of consumers' tight and often
                               shrinking budgets. For example, Glaxo says that its own discount card
                               program saves consumers about 30 percent off its U.S. drug prices. That
                               discounted cost is still way too high for someone like myself who, for example,
                               could if required save nearly 50 percent off Glaxo's Flonase(r) allergy
                               medication by buying it from a Canadian pharmacy. Glaxo is inaccurate and
                               misleading when it says that its discount cards provide savings that are
                               "equivalent" to those offered in Canada.

                               Plus, because of the tight restrictions, an American family headed by two
                               parents who make a total of US$41,000 annually and have two children with
                               one in college, cannot receive one cent of assistance from Glaxo's drug
                               discount programs. But, if that family's mother is taking the drug Tamoxifen
                               to prevent the reoccurrence of breast cancer, she can save up to 85 percent
                               off high U.S. drug prices and DOES NOT HAVE TO MEET ANY age, income or
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                                             health condition restrictions whatsoever.

                                             Is Glaxo A Drug Regulator or A Drug Maker? Who Knows? Glaxo is acting
                                             much more like a drug regulatory agency, through its actions, than a
                                             drugmaker.

                                             Let's permit the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Canada's Health
                                             Canada regulatory agencies to do the job of drug regulation that has been
                                             assigned to them in our two countries, as they have been so well. The
                                             American public has not appointed and never will make Glaxo its drug
                                             regulatory agency.

                                             I look forward to your response regarding this serious situation. I am
                                             counting on your total and dedicated support to permit Americans to continue
                                             to have the choice of accessing their medications from Canada.

                                             Thank you for your attention to this important matter.

                                             Sincerely,

                                             Connie M., SD


A-5914   Birthday celebration   2003.04.19   April 16, 2003

                                             Sen. Thomas Daschle
                                             United States Senate
                                             509 Hart Senate Office Building
                                             Washington, D.C. 20510-4103

                                             Dear Senator Dashle:

                                             My father will be celebrating his 80th birthday on June 1, 2003. Please send
                                             him your official greeting.

                                             Marvin K.
                                             [address redacted] SD

                                             Thank you so much. I now live in Hawaii and when I see any mention of you
                                             in the media I am proud to be originally from South Dakota. Please keep up
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                                          the good work!

                                          Sincerely,

                                          Dottie C., HI


B-357   Government Affairs   2003.04.19   PLEASE support the bills for English as our nation's official language!!! There
                                          are countless reasons why our nation should have English as the official
                                          language!!

                                          Please support this effort!

                                          Thank You.

                                          A Concerend South Dakota & American,

                                          Sheri D. J., SD


A-168   S.851                2003.04.20   April 18, 2003

                                          Sen. Thomas Daschle
                                          United States Senate
                                          509 Hart Senate Office Building
                                          Washington, D.C. 20510-4103

                                          Dear Sen. Daschle:

                                          Please support passage of the Child Custody Protection Act.

                                          Sincerely,

                                          Susan T.


A-616   Media Ownership      2003.04.20   April 19, 2003

                                          Sen. Thomas Daschle
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                                         United States Senate
                                         509 Hart Senate Office Building
                                         Washington, D.C. 20510-4103

                                         Dear Sen. Daschle:

                                         I urge you to tell the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) not to
                                         weaken the rules that help preserve competition and diversity among the
                                         owners of American media. The FCC is currently reviewing its rules for media
                                         ownership. If the FCC seriously relaxes or eliminates the rules, one company
                                         would be able to own the local newspaper, several TV and radio stations, and
                                         the cable TV system in the same community. There would be fewer owners of
                                         networks, stations, and newspapers nationwide. If FCC policy is changed to
                                         allow media ownership to be concentrated among fewer companies, the
                                         public's ability to have open, informed discussion with a wide variety of
                                         viewpoints will be compromised.

                                         Plus, it will likely result in higher costs for businesses that advertise in local
                                         media, and those costs would likely be passed onto consumers. The FCC is
                                         expected to vote on whether to change the rules by June 2. Please tell the
                                         FCC to re-instate its traditional media ownership rules for the sake of
                                         competition and democracy.

                                         Thank you.

                                         Sincerely,

                                         Jerry W.


A-617   country-of-origin   2003.04.20   April 19, 2003
        labeling
                                         Sen. Thomas Daschle
                                         United States Senate
                                         509 Hart Senate Office Building
                                         Washington, D.C. 20510-4103

                                         Sen. Daschle:

                                         As your constituent, I encourage you to work with the U.S. Department of
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                                      Agriculture to make sure the country-of-origin labeling law that was part of
                                      the 2002 farm bill is implemented with the true intent of Congress. As a
                                      consumer, I prefer to know where the food I purchase is grown and
                                      processed. We know where our clothes and other manufactured goods come
                                      from, but not what we put into our bodies.

                                      The farm bill that President Bush signed into law last May included a national
                                      country-of-origin labeling program long sought by farmers, ranchers, and
                                      consumer groups.

                                      It requires that, effective Sept. 2004, all fruits, vegetables, peanuts, meats,
                                      and fish be labeled with the country in which it was grown and processed.
                                      Recently, USDA has threatened the country-of-origin labeling implementation
                                      by releasing cost estimates that are obviously inflated and based on flawed
                                      assumptions. The data fails to include a benefits analysis or recognize
                                      existing government regulations and standard marketing practices that can be
                                      used to implement the new law. Please do what you can to make sure that
                                      this data, or any other efforts to weaken the law, are not allowed to
                                      undermine support of the planned 2004 implementation of mandatory
                                      country-of-origin labeling. I think this is a pretty big issue for South Dakotas
                                      Farmers and Ranchers. I don't have a farm or a ranch, but I have met plenty
                                      of people out here that do. This will be a big step in saving family owned and
                                      run farms and ranches all over South Dakota, as American unity grows, more
                                      Americans will want to buy American when they can. Please give the
                                      consumer to make sure they are buying American, and help save the 'family
                                      farm'.

                                      Sincerely,

                                      Jerry W.


A-618   Help The Dairy   2003.04.20   April 19, 2003
        Farmers!
                                      Sen. Thomas Daschle
                                      United States Senate
                                      509 Hart Senate Office Building
                                      Washington, D.C. 20510-4103
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                                        Sen. Daschle:

                                        As your constituent, I urge you to support the Milk Import Tariff Equity Act, S.
                                        560 in the Senate and H.R. 1160, in the House of Representatives. This
                                        important legislation would set reasonable limits on the imports of milk
                                        protein concentrate (MPC) and casein, which is currently flooding the U.S.
                                        dairy market. Dairy farmers are facing hard times. U.S. dairy producers are
                                        currently getting the lowest price for their products since 1979. The United
                                        States needs to level the playing field for our dairy producers and put fair
                                        trade laws in place. The Milk Import Tariff Equity Act does that by preventing
                                        unrestricted access to our domestic markets by placing tariff-rate quotas on
                                        imports of MPC and casein products, while making sure the TRQs are
                                        consistent with current U.S. trade policy. Please support American dairy
                                        farmers by co-sponsoring the Milk Import Tariff Equity Act.

                                        Sincerely,

                                        Jerry W.


A-2047   Social Security   2003.04.20   Sen. Thomas Daschle
         Offset                         United States Senate
                                        509 Hart Senate Office Building
                                        Washington, D.C. 20510-4103

                                        Sen. Daschle:

                                        The Social Security Government Pension Offset and Windfall Elimination
                                        Provision take away some retired public employees' benefits that they have
                                        earned, often forcing them into poverty.

                                        Public employees like educators, police officers, and firefighters should not
                                        suffer a penalty for dedicating their lives to public services.

                                        At a time of national teacher shortage, the GPO and WEP discourage talented
                                        people from entering the teaching profession.

                                        Please support legislation to repeal the Social Security Government Pension
                                        Offset/Windfall Elimination Provision (H.R. 594, S. 349).
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                                    Sincerely,

                                    Dawn J.


A-2048   Tax Cuts      2003.04.20   Sen. Thomas Daschle
                                    United States Senate
                                    509 Hart Senate Office Building
                                    Washington, D.C. 20510-4103

                                    Sen. Daschle:

                                    The tax cuts assumed in the Budget Resolution are too costly and would do
                                    little to stimulate the weak economy and create jobs now. Recent history has
                                    shown that when the upper class gets a break in taxes and make money.
                                    They keep it while cutting jobs. South Dakota is already facing budget
                                    deficits and are cutting programs. Local School districts are cutting teachers,
                                    aids, field trips, extra curricular activities, all to save money. The Deuel
                                    System where I teach is cutting 2 1/2 teaching positions after cutting 1
                                    position last year, plus a number of aids.

                                    We have axed some field trips, the school paper will be done in a class rather
                                    than an extra curricular, thereby limiting it as an option for some students. All
                                    schools outside the metro SF and Rapid City area are in desperate need of
                                    relief. A responsible economic package should include aid to states to help
                                    respond to their fiscal crises.

                                    Sincerely,

                                    Dawn J.


A-5732   Other         2003.04.20   Dear Senator Daschle,

                                    The following is a copy of a letter sent to the indicated recipient(s) on
                                    4/19/2003:Rep. William J. Janklow1504 Longworth HOB Washington, DC
                                    20515-4101Dear Representative Janklow, I am writing to express my strong
                                    support for House Resolution 40, introduced by Rep. John Conyers of Michigan
                                    which would create the Commission to Study Reparations Proposals for African
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                                    Americans.

                                    As a person of faith and an active member of the United Church of Christ, I
                                    believe it is time for the U.S. Government to deal honestly and forthrightly
                                    with its tarnished past, to acknowledge that economic disadvantages have
                                    been unjustly perpetuated in this nation because of systemic racism, and to
                                    creatively address the issue with structural adjustments. When passed, H.R.
                                    40 would formally acknowledge the injustice and inhumanity of slavery,
                                    establish a commission to study slavery and its impact on slave descendants,
                                    and charge the commission to make recommendations to Congress on how to
                                    redress the harm.

                                    The General Synod of the United Church of Christ -- the highest body of
                                    discernment in my denomination -- has passed a resolution in support of
                                    reparations study. As a member of this faith communion, I similarly encourage
                                    you to act swiftly and courageously to right the wrongs caused by the horrific
                                    legacy of slavery and institutional racism.

                                    Sincerely,

                                    scott m., SD


A-5891   Veterans      2003.04.20   After viewing the birthday special about Bob Hope on television, I was thinking
                                    that it might be a good gesture to put a resolution before the senate or
                                    however it is done, that a place for Bob Hope and Delores Hope be reserved in
                                    Arlington National Cemetery. They wouldn't be bound by the offer, but it
                                    would prove to them the role they had in military conflicts around the world
                                    and how much the men and women of the military appreciated their hard
                                    work and committment. I also feel that a democrat putting forth a resolution
                                    like this wouldn't be a bad move considering your upcoming senate campaign.


A-5901   Health        2003.04.20   Dear Senator Daschle:

                                    I am presently a genetic counsellor working in Calgary, Alberta, CANADA. I
                                    am applying for the ASHG/NHGRI Genetics and Public Policy fellowship.
                                    http://www.faseb.org/genetics/ashg/news/011.shtml. The later part of this
                                    fellowship involves working with a congressional office and/or committee
                                    involved in genetic related public policy issues. Tim Leshan suggested you as a
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                                           senator with a special interest in genetics issues. One of my areas of interest
                                           is genetic privacy and non-discrimination. The Democratic Leadership Bill
                                           (The Equal Rights and Equal Dignity for Americans Act) introduced in January
                                           2003, contains a section specifically on this issues. Canada appears to be in
                                           the early stages of developing policies regarding genetic information and
                                           genetic testing with Ontario being the clear leader. I believe this fellowship
                                           provides the benefits of seeing how things are done in another country and
                                           also allows one to gain experience in policy development. Is your office aware
                                           of this fellowship? Have you had a fellow in the past? Is this something that
                                           you would be interested in?

                                           I appreciate your time and I look forward to the opportunity to communicate
                                           further. Please contact me by e-mail or telephone [redacted].

                                           Sincerely,

                                           Karen M.


A-5902   Government Affairs   2003.04.20   Senator Daschle,

                                           I am a political science major at the University of Rochester and I am
                                           currently doing research on the effects of party switching while in a
                                           Congressional office. The main focus of my research is Senator Jim Jeffords:
                                           why he chose to switch parties, how it hurt him politically, and the effect of
                                           his switch on the Republican and Democratic parties. You were not only in the
                                           Senate when this switch happened, but you were arguable the person most
                                           affected by it, with your movement into the position of majority leader. I was
                                           wondering if you had any insights or opinions to share about the
                                           consequences of the shift in power during that period in the Senate, and in
                                           Washington as a whole. I would very much appreciate anything you have to
                                           offer me about Senator Jeffords, how this has affected his career, as well as
                                           how it has affected yours, and the Democratic party's. Thank you very much
                                           for your time, and I very much look forward ot hearing back from you. You
                                           have no idea how much I respect you and everything you do for South Dakota
                                           and this country.

                                           Sincerely,
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A-5903   Defense and Military   2003.04.20   I am a mobilized Reservist from Sioux Falls. I am currently stationed at Ft
                                             Huachuca, AZ. I recently saw part of your "Hearings on Military and Veterans
                                             Concerns". I agree that retirees should also be able to collect their VA
                                             disability without forfeiting part of their retirement. I also feel that NG and
                                             Reserves should be able to collect their retirement pay as soon as they retire
                                             from their prospective services, just like the Active Duty component. My issue
                                             is that I am a Reservist, but there are no medical reserve units in SD, so I
                                             have to commute to Omaha. There are probable 20 people from SD in this
                                             unit, to include the Hosp Cdr, COL Martin Christiansen from Mitchell. When
                                             we return, the only "Family Support" we have is our own family; as the 4223
                                             USAH Family Support Group is located in Omaha. I am sure there are
                                             numerous members of SD NG and Reserve units that are from NE, MN, ND,
                                             CO, WY that will not have that support when they return to their respective
                                             homes. This is an issue that needs to be addressed when looking at returning
                                             military being assimilated back into their former lives. I am only stateside as
                                             is the majority the staff from the 4223 that have been mobilized. I don't think
                                             any person who has been in the Theater of Operations should be just sent
                                             straight home. They need time to readjust and they need to do that with their
                                             military family for a week or so. They will suffer separation anxiety wh! en
                                             leaving people they have lived with in extreme situations just like when they
                                             left their families. With the NG and Reserves making up more than 1/2 of the
                                             military forces, I feel that everyone should have the exact same benefits.
                                             Especially when they are tasked to rotate through peace keeping missions in
                                             not so friendly areas. The military spends a fortune on recruitment to replace
                                             retires and those who don't decide to remain in the military. Treating all
                                             military the same would be a small retention feature, especially when
                                             maintaining trained, seasoned personnel. Thank you for your service in
                                             Washington, and I am proud to be able to serve in my capacity. I hope this
                                             will spark some interest somewhere on the Hill.

                                             MAJ Bonnie B S., USAR, AN


A-5904   A-N-Y further tax      2003.04.20   April 19, 2003
         cuts
                                             Sen. Thomas Daschle
                                             United States Senate
                                             509 Hart Senate Office Building
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                               Sen. Daschle:

                               Dear South Dakota's Congressional Delegation,

                               My name is Mark F.. My address is:[redacted]

                               I would like to urge you against A-N-Y further tax cuts, unless they are
                               SOLELY for the lower and middle classess. I am still in DISbelief over the
                               massive tax cut Congress pushed through that effectively torpedoed the what
                               certainly appeared to be the beginning of the end of deficit spending.

                               I am an adamant, ardent and stauch fiscal conservative. Getting our federal
                               finances under RESPONSIBLE control (withOUT UNconscionably and
                               UNethically utilizing Social Security to conceal the true state of our federal
                               finances) is a #1 Priority. And the previous UNjustifiable tax cut effectively
                               and efficiently torpedoed the start of the wise and prudent path in this
                               direction. It's no wonder humorists like Jeff Foxworthy kid about wanting to
                               be a Congress person, so that they can write checks without worrying if
                               there's money to cover them.

                               I would urge you to refrain from A-N-Y further Fiscally Irresponsible actions
                               and, if possible, to make an effort to repeal that Titannic-like tax cut recently
                               and REgrettably enacted. Think about the future of our country!!!!A country
                               with the best of intentions, but BANKRUPT, cannot help ANYone ... much
                               less themselves!!! Please think about this.

                               And I would also urge you to refrain from voting for any more rape and razing
                               of the precious little PRISTINE wilderness we have in this country. Please
                               oppose ANY drilling in ANWR of ANY kind.

                               If those who stridently seem to have no concern for the environment would
                               utilize their vast resources and time advocating and promotion RENEWABLE
                               resources as much as they do gleefully raping our wilderness, who knows, we
                               might be on the verge of being over our oil and coal addiction.

                               Thank you for your time and consideration regarding these Very pressing
                               issues.
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                                          Sincerely,

                                          Mark F., SD


A-5905   Help Poor Mothers   2003.04.20   April 19, 2003
         Gain Education,
         Training                         Sen. Thomas Daschle
                                          United States Senate
                                          509 Hart Senate Office Building
                                          Washington, D.C. 20510-4103

                                          Sen. Daschle:

                                          The Senate is expected to begin debate on the reauthorization of the 1996
                                          welfare law sometime in May or June. I hope that you will support legislation
                                          that provides flexibility for TANF recipients to complete high school or college
                                          degrees or to obtain necessary vocational and job training.

                                          Enhancing poor women's ability to gain jobs that pay sufficient wages so that
                                          they can pull their families out of poverty is a central and proven solution to
                                          "ending poverty as we know it." The welfare reauthorization should reflect
                                          knowledge gained in recent years' experience with TANF programs, showing
                                          that better access to education and training really pays. One recent Illinois
                                          study demonstrates that welfare recipients who were training program
                                          graduates made 180% of the hourly wages of their counterparts who didn't
                                          have additional training. Building in flexibility for states to allow sufficient time
                                          and opportunity for poor women's education and job readiness is essential.
                                          The House-passed welfare bill, H.R. 4, is woefully inadequate in this regard.
                                          Please advocate for these important improvements in the Senate welfare bill.

                                          Sincerely,

                                          April S., SD


A-5906   S 659               2003.04.20   April 18, 2003

                                          Sen. Thomas Daschle
                                          United States Senate
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                                            509 Hart Senate Office Building
                                            Washington, D.C. 20510-4103

                                            Dear Sen. Daschle:

                                            Please support this legislation to keep public entities from suing legitimate
                                            manufacturers in the gun industry. We are a small industry and this has been
                                            harrassment designed to put manufacturers out of business. The
                                            manufacturing sector has lost hundreds of thousands of jobs in the last 3 or 4
                                            years and this is just another way to put more people on the unemployment
                                            rolls. Please support S 659 and our small industry here in S.D. Thank you for
                                            consideration of this bill.

                                            Sincerely,

                                            Norma A., SD


A-5907   Support Direct        2003.04.20   April 18, 2003
         Access for Medicare
         Beneficiaries (HR                  Sen. Thomas Daschle
         792/S. 493)                        United States Senate
                                            509 Hart Senate Office Building
                                            Washington, D.C. 20510-4103

                                            Dear Sen. Daschle:

                                            As your constituent and a physical therapist practitioner, I am writing to ask
                                            you to cosponsor HR 792/S. 493, the Patient Access to Physical Therapist Act.

                                            HR 792/S. 493 would eliminate the referral requirement needed to access the
                                            services of physical therapists under Medicare Part B. It is time that Medicare
                                            beneficiaries under Part B are afforded the same access and choice in their
                                            health care decisions that non-Medicare patients enjoy. The referral
                                            requirement is an unnecessary, burdensome regulation whose usefulness has
                                            passed.** The current referral requirement under Medicare Part B causes
                                            delays in delivering health care by physical therapists.

                                            These delays result in higher costs, decreased functional outcomes, and
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                               frustration to patients.

                               Direct access eliminates the burden of unnecessary visits to physicians to
                               access services provided by physical therapists. The referral requirement to
                               access physical therapists can cause delays in providing care. Delays in care
                               result in higher cost, decreased functional outcomes, and frustration to the
                               patients. Physical therapists are licensed health care professionals who are
                               educated and clinically trained to recognize when a patient needs the
                               expertise of a physician or another health care provider.** Direct access to
                               physical therapists does not increase the cost of health care or promote over-
                               utilization of services.

                               A 1994 study on the cost-effectiveness of direct access to physical therapists
                               found that the costs incurred for physical therapy visits were 123% higher
                               when patients were first seen by a physician than when they went to a
                               physical therapist directly.

                               The total paid claims averaged $2,236 for physician referral episodes as
                               compared with $1,004 for direct access episodes. This study also showed that
                               physician referral episodes generated 67% more physical therapy claims and
                               60% more office visits than did episodes when the patient went directly to the
                               physical therapist without a physician referral.** Licensed physical therapists
                               are well qualified to provide treatment without the referral from another
                               health care provider.

                               Physical therapists are educated at the post-baccalaureate level and receive
                               extensive education and clinical training in the examination, evaluation,
                               diagnosis, prognosis, and intervention of patient/clients with functional
                               limitations, impairments and disabilities. APTA's Guide of Professional
                               Conduct advocates that physical therapists should assist patients in receiving
                               appropriate medical care when the physical therapist's examination and
                               evaluation reveals signs and symptoms inconsistent with a condition that can
                               be appropriately treated by a physical therapist or needs a physician's care
                               and expertise.

                               The Federation of State Boards of the Physical Therapy (FSBPT) and the
                               Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)
                               recognizes and supports physical therapist practice without referral. Thirty-
                               seven (37) states currently have some form of direct access to treatment by a
                               licensed physical therapist. The U.S. Department of Defense recognizes the
                               ability of licensed physical therapists to evaluate, diagnose, and treat military
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                                          personnel and their dependents without an initial referral from a physician for
                                          the purpose of musculoskeletal disorders. ** The public's health, safety, and
                                          welfare are protected when patients have direct access to licensed physical
                                          therapists.Liability insurers and the Federation of State Boards of Physical
                                          Therapy (FSBPT) affirm that direct access does not jeopardize the health,
                                          safety, or welfare of the patient/clients seeking physical therapists' services
                                          without referral. Health Providers Service Organization (HPSO), the leading
                                          liability insurer of physical therapists in the United States, states in a March
                                          22, 2001 letter, "that direct access is not a risk factor that we specifically
                                          screen for in our program because it has not negatively impacted our claims
                                          experience in any way. In addition, we do not have a premium differential for
                                          physical therapists in direct access states." ** Three major state legislator
                                          organizations endorse direct access to physical therapists.

                                          The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), the National Black
                                          Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL), and the American Legislative Exchange
                                          Council (ALEC) have policies, positions, and/or resolutions that support direct
                                          access to physical therapists.

                                          I strongly support HR 792/S. 493 which would eliminate the unnecessary
                                          referral requirement. Elimination of this requirement will lower costs to
                                          Medicare, will improve the ability of senior citizens to function independently,
                                          and decrease unneeded visits to the physician.

                                          I urge you to cosponsor HR 792/S. 493 which will benefit Medicare
                                          beneficiaries across the country. Thank you for your consideration of my
                                          request.

                                          Sincerely,

                                          Thea P., PT, SD


A-5908   Repeal the $1,500   2003.04.20   April 18, 2003
         Therapy Cap (HR
         1125/S. 569)                     Sen. Thomas Daschle
                                          United States Senate
                                          509 Hart Senate Office Building
                                          Washington, D.C. 20510-4103
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                               Dear Sen. Daschle:

                               As a concerned constituent and a physical therapy practitioner, I am writing to
                               you about a provision that originated in the Balanced Budget Act of 1997
                               (BBA) that harmed senior citizens in 1999 and is about to do so again. The
                               provision imposed an annual cap of $1,500 for outpatient physical therapy
                               services. This limitation, or cap, affects services provided in all Part B practice
                               settings, excluding those furnished in a hospital outpatient department.

                               Congress has recognized the potential consequences of the therapy cap and
                               twice imposed a moratorium to prevent its implementation. However, the
                               107th Congress failed to take action to extend the moratorium.

                               If Congress does not pass legislation by July 1, 2003 the therapy caps will be
                               reinstated, thus reducing rehabilitation benefits for Medicare enrollees. I urge
                               you in the strongest possible terms to cosponsor HR 1125/S. 569 to repeal the
                               $1,500 therapy cap once and for all and to prevent further harm to
                               beneficiaries. The inherent problems with the $1,500 therapy cap are well
                               recognized:

                               * The arbitrary cap of $1,500 will have a disproportionate impact on the oldest
                               and sickest Medicare beneficiaries, denying access to care for the most
                               vulnerable Medicare population.

                               * Beneficiaries who require services above the $1,500 limit will have to seek
                               care in an outpatient hospital department - if one is available to them in their
                               geographic region - or pay 100% of the cost out of pocket.

                               * This arbitrary cap will limit access to necessary therapy if a patient has more
                               than one episode of care for therapy during a year, not uncommon for
                               Medicare beneficiaries. For example, if a patient has a knee replacement and
                               receives $1,500 in therapy and then has another condition that requires
                               therapy later in the same calendar year, Medicare will not cover those services
                               if the $1,500 limit has already been reached.

                               The House passed legislation in July 2002 that would have extended the
                               moratorium on implementation of the therapy cap for two years.

                               The chairman and ranking minority member of the Senate Finance Committee
                               proposed an identical two-year moratorium, but the Senate was unable to
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                                          pass it before the 107th Congress adjourned. For the sake of Medicare
                                          patients and those of us who provide therapy care for them, I implore you to
                                          cosponsor HR 1125/S. 569 which removes the $1,500 therapy cap and
                                          preserves the rehabilitation care that is so crucial for Medicare beneficiaries.
                                          Thank you for your consideration of this request.

                                          (Add paragraph, if desired, talking about specific patients that were effected
                                          by the cap or would be effected by the cap.)

                                          Sincerely,

                                          Thea P., PT, SD


B-1086   from South Dakota   2003.04.20   Dear Sen. Daschle:

                                          Miguel Estrada, one of President Bush's nominees for the federal judiciary, is
                                          facing a tough vote in the U.S. Senate. He is a well-qualified candidate for the
                                          D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, but is being opposed by those who fear he will
                                          undermine their social objectives. If confirmed, he would be the first Hispanic
                                          to serve on this court. The attacks against Estrada are unprecedented. Never
                                          before in the history of the Senate have Senators filibustered against a judicial
                                          nominee! Estrada is a Harvard-educated lawyer who has argued 15 cases
                                          before the U.S. Supreme Court and has won 10 of those cases. He is a self-
                                          educated man who came from Honduras and taught himself to read when he
                                          came to America. He has received the highest rating possible by the American
                                          Bar Association and is a fair-minded and brilliant man. He deserves
                                          confirmation! I am deeply concerned that Democrat Senators are filibustering
                                          against this fine candidate. I urge you to reject any attempt to block a vote on
                                          Estrada. This is an outrageous attempt to undermine the advice and consent
                                          role of the Senate. Estrada is a man who believes in the rule of law and
                                          respects the Constitution. We must have judges who are not motivated by
                                          ideology but by a respect for the law. Please work to stop the filibuster against
                                          Miguel Estrada and vote for his confirmation.

                                          Sincerely,

                                          David and Janet H. Family
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B-1394   Class Action Reform    2003.04.20   Sen. Daschle:
         Bill S. 274
                                             Please support class action reform bill S. 274 when it comes before the
                                             Senate. Oppose all amendments that would weaken the bill and support any
                                             efforts by the bill's sponsors to improve it. Most importantly, please vote for
                                             cloture in order to prevent endless debate.

                                             S. 274 would clarify that federal courts should hear class action cases that
                                             involve at least 100 plaintiffs from multiple states or foreign countries and
                                             where more than $5 million is in controversy. It will help to limit "forum
                                             shopping," where trial lawyers use creative means to certify a class in
                                             plaintiff-friendly jurisdictions. It contains a "Bill of Rights" for class members
                                             to stem the most flagrant abuses of the current system.

                                             The Founders of the Constitution intended for lawsuits involving plaintiffs and
                                             defendants from multiple states and foreign countries to be heard in federal
                                             courts.

                                             The large fees awarded class action attorneys through coerced settlements
                                             often do not involve true harm. Companies offer these settlements to
                                             decrease the cost of nuisance suits. In the end, all consumers pay higher
                                             prices due to the settlement of cases with little merit.

                                             Federal courts more consistently decide when class actions should be allowed
                                             and these courts are better equipped to deal with complex cases fairly and
                                             efficiently - especially when plaintiffs are from multiple states. For these
                                             reasons and others, I support S. 274 and urge you to vote for it on the Senate
                                             floor.

                                             Sincerely,

                                             Jay B.
                                             President
                                             Falcon Plastics, Inc.


B-2367   Defense and Military   2003.04.20   I supported the Presidents decision to go war with Iraq based on the threat
                                             that Saddam would directly or indirectly use weapons of mass destruction on
                                             the United States or its allies at some future date. It is also good to free a
                                             nation that has been oppressed for decades. However, I am very concerned
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                                    that the President may have miss lead us. If the evidence and intelligence was
                                    so clear that Iraq had WMD and was hiding the weapons, why have we not
                                    found any? To have such intelligence to go to war with, one would expect
                                    that WMD would be found immediately. Now the administration is saying
                                    that some of WMD was moved to Syria. Senator, I don't like what I am
                                    hearing. If we went to war for our security, that is one thing, but to go to war
                                    just for routing out evil is quite another. (we have enough evil in our own
                                    country) I really hope that the war was justified and not just some religious
                                    right agenda. Perhaps WMD will be found by that time you read this email.! If
                                    so, fine, but my question is this: did we really have the evidence that justified
                                    us going to war? Our economic situation is getting worst. Hundreds of
                                    thousands of jobs have been lost and many workers are taking cuts in their
                                    salaries just to keep their jobs. I think we need to focus on our economic
                                    challenges before we go on another expensive evil conquering crusade.


A-4290   perle         2003.04.21   Sen. Thomas Daschle
                                    United States Senate
                                    509 Hart Senate Office Building
                                    Washington, D.C. 20510-4103

                                    Sen. Daschle:

                                    Attempts to sell Gobal Crossing to a chinese billionare and perle gets 750,000
                                    for lobbying the feds. What is going on? Were this being done under Clinton
                                    the republicans would be foaming at the mouth. As Jim Hightower writes
                                    "what a self serving sleeze"

                                    Sincerely,

                                    bob k., SD


A-5226   Energy        2003.04.21   Sen. Thomas Daschle
                                    509 Hart Senate Office Building
                                    Washington, DC 20510-4103

                                    Dear Senator Thomas Daschle,
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                                           I am writing to urge you to oppose the omnibus energy legislation.

                                           Our nation's energy plan should include strong CAFE standards to reduce our
                                           reliance on oil, commit the nation to reasonable renewable energy
                                           requirements, and protect our precious natural areas like the Arctic Refuge for
                                           generations to come. Without these assurances, we're left with an energy
                                           executive's wish list disguised as energy policy.

                                           We're better off with no energy bill at all than the pro-drilling, pro-nuclear,
                                           anti-environmental legislation that is currently before you. I look forward to
                                           hearing how you will address this important issue.

                                           Sincerely,

                                           Jessica M., SD


A-5888   Government Affairs   2003.04.21   Mr. Daschle,

                                           Today I called my health insurance carrier to inquire on a claim for my college
                                           son. I also was told that there was another claim that they would reprocess.
                                           I asked what date that was from. The representative could not give me that
                                           information stating the new privacy act. She told me that even if my son had
                                           called inquiring on it, they could not tell him unless he had the date of service.
                                           Now, I am the insured and my son is covered under my policy. I verified all of
                                           my information so she knew it was indeed me and my insurance information
                                           she was talking about and to. She would not disclose the information to me.
                                           Now, I am totally in favor of a privacy act. But I think that it is not a good
                                           thing if the person being protected can't even get information on themselves
                                           or the people in his/her family that they insure and pay premiums for.


A-5889   Education            2003.04.21   I am a teacher from Lennox High School. I took 5 student on the Close-up
                                           Trip this year. I would like to thank Senator Daschle for meeting with us. The
                                           Close-Up experience was a great for the students and I. Thanks to your staff
                                           for the tour of the Capital as it was very educational to the students. Your
                                           staff took a pictice with Senator Daschle on the Senator's steps. Could you
                                           send a copy of the picture to us please. Again, thanks for all your time and
                                           effort.
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A-5890   Judicial Issues   2003.04.21   Senator Daschle,

                                        My name is Renae S. from Madison, SD. I am currently a student at Drake
                                        University. Today, as I was reading the New York Times, I came across the
                                        article about the proposed bill to ban all lawsuits against the gun industry. The
                                        article states that the bill will be coming to the Senate this week for approval.
                                        I believe this bill is appalling. According to the constitution, citizens have a
                                        right to bear arms. But there are numerous cases in which either the industry
                                        or the dealer wrongfully sold arms. Our constitution also gives us the right to
                                        sue as we see fit. I'm sure there are cases in which the industry is wrongfully
                                        sued, but that is up to the courts to decide. If this bill is passed, the industry
                                        and dealers will be allowed free reign with no consequences. Please say no to
                                        this bill and urge others to also.


A-5921   Veterans          2003.04.21   HELP ME HELP ME PLEASE!!!! I AGREE WITH YOU 100 % BUSH IS A FAUILER
                                        I WORK 2 JOBS MAKE AROUND 20,000 AND NO HEALTH INSURANCE.BUSH
                                        AS FAR AS I AM CONCERED IS A CORPERATE WHORE AND WAR CRIMINAL .

                                        HE SOUNDS MORE LIKE BEAVIS WHEN SPEAKING""ahh ahh ahh"YOU WOULD
                                        KILL HIM IN A DEBATE.

                                        I REMEMBER THINKING HOW REAGAN WAS JUST A SHELL OF A MAN IN 1980
                                        AND IT REALLY LOOKED AS IF REAGAN WAS SHOWING SINGS OF
                                        ALZHIEMERS THEN.

                                        BUT BUSH HE HAS CERTAINLY GO THE A Z GENE AS DO MOST OF THE
                                        REPUBLICAN PARTY

                                        I URGE YOU TO BRING DOWN THIS REGIME IN WASHINGTON RUN TOM RUN.

                                        WE GOTTA STOP THESE REPUBLICANS NOW THEY ARE LOOTING AMERICA.
                                        NOW PLEASE HELP ME FIND OUT IF MY SON PFC TROY EDWARD K 3RD ID
                                        LAST KNOW ALIVE IN KUWAIT 6 WEEKS AGO HELP HELP HELP IS MY SON OK
                                        IS HE A LIVE ADRESS [redacted] IM NOT REAL IMPRESSED WITH FRANKS
                                        WE NEEDLESSLY LOST 127 BOYS KILLED NEEDLESS DEATHS 500 MAIMED
                                        AND LOST ARMS LEGS ITS SIMPLY A SACRAFICE FOR RICH REPUBLICANS
                                        WHO DONT MAKE 20 THOUSAND A YEAR WHO HAVE INSURANCE AND DONT
                                        HAVE A ''BOY'' IN THE 3RD ID .GOD MAY BE ABLE TO LOSE HIS ONLY SON
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                                       AND FORGIVE BUT GOD FORGIVES I DONT.

                                       THIS WAR HAS SERVED NO USEFUL PURPOSE OTHER THAN LET WAR
                                       MONGERS AND THE RICH GET RICHER .ITS LIKE THE ALKYDA AND OTHER
                                       MUSLIM TERROR GROUPS THEY ARE JUST GOING TO MULTIPLY PLEASE
                                       HELP ME FIND OUT IF MY SON TROY IS ALIVE .

                                       THE ARMY BRASS IS TO BUSY SMOKING CIGARS IN PALACES AND THE
                                       MEDIA IN AMERICA IS TO BUSY LABELING PATRIOTS LIKE YOU AS
                                       SUBVERSIVE TROY IS FROM SIOUX FALL HARRISBURG AREA .

                                       THIS IS REALLY HARD WAITING FOR A CALL SEN JOHNSONS KID CAN EMAIL
                                       DADDY I HAVE BEEN IN HELL FOR 6 LONG WEEK WATCHING THIS VERBAL
                                       VOMIT ON MSNBC AND FOX LOOKING FOR MY SONS FACE .

                                       THIS IS A LIVING HELL SIR PLEASE PLEASE HELP ME EDWARD L K THANK
                                       YOU.!


A-5923   Public Welfare   2003.04.21   Dear Senator Daschle,

                                       As a Catholic I have been taught from childhood that murder is wrong.
                                       Abortion can be called nothing but murder of an innocent life.

                                       Our Church, your Church, teaches that abortion is murder. You cannot
                                       honestly call yourself a Catholic and support abortion legislation in any way.

                                       Sincerely,

                                       Mary O. G.
                                       (my father and all his family are South Dakota-born & raised)


A-5924   Agriculture      2003.04.21   Dear Senator Daschle,

                                       My father is Donald G. from Bristol SD.

                                       He has been a loyal supporter of yours forever.

                                       Dad will turn 81 years old on May 2. My father is is a World War II veteran &
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                                    retired from farming & as a director of SD Wheat Growers several years ago.
                                    He now spends his time hunting & fishing in Day County. I would appreciate,
                                    if in someway, you could acknowledge his birthday. It would make his day
                                    even more special. His phone # is [redacted] & address: [redacted].

                                    Thanks again for all you do for our state. I hope you know how much we
                                    appreciate all you do.

                                    Sincerely,

                                    Julia B.


A-5925   Other         2003.04.21   Sen. Thomas Daschle
                                    509 Hart Senate Office Building
                                    Washington, DC 20510-4103

                                    Dear Senator Thomas Daschle,

                                    The extremist gun lobby is pushing legislation (S. 659) that would take away
                                    legal rights of gun violence victims and provide special legal protection for the
                                    gun industry at the expense of innocent Americans who have been harmed by
                                    the dangerous and irresponsible actions of firearm manufacturers and sellers.
                                    The gun industry should be subject to the same legal standards of conduct
                                    that govern all other people and industries in society.

                                    I urge you to OPPOSE S. 659, legislation that will deprive gun violence victims
                                    of their rights in court.

                                    Please let me know how you intend to proceed on this issue.

                                    chastity j., SD


A-5926   Taxes         2003.04.21   Sen. Thomas Daschle
                                    509 Hart Senate Office Building
                                    Washington, DC 20510-4103

                                    Dear Senator Thomas Daschle,
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                                    President Bush has proposed an increase in the first year tax deduction that
                                    small business owners can take on capital equipment from $25,000 to
                                    $75,000. While the stated goal is to support the growth of small businesses,
                                    one of the consequences will be to boost the sale of gas guzzling SUVs. The
                                    New York Times recently reported that many small business owners are using
                                    the current special writeoffs to purchase SUVs largely for their personal use,
                                    and the trend is spreading like wildfire.

                                    A tripling of the special writeoff will only accelerate an already severely
                                    damaging practice. This plan will lead directly to an increase in oil imports
                                    from unstable portions of the world at precisely the moment we should be
                                    most committed to reducing imports. I urge you to exempt SUVs from any
                                    proposals that increase the special accelerated first year deduction for capital
                                    equipment available to small businesses. Please reject this proposal and
                                    please support the policies that encourage American's to embrace hybrid
                                    vehicles and other more environmentally-responsible choices. Please let me
                                    know how you intend to proceed on this issue.

                                    Sincerely,

                                    chastity j., SD


A-5927   Veterans      2003.04.21   Dear Senator Daschle,

                                    I am a post World War II veteran and heard some disturbing news from a
                                    family friend, who is a World War II veteran. His name is Henry K. living at
                                    the V.A. hospital at Minot, North Dakota. Please inform me if the following is
                                    true: He is a thirty year veteran who has 100% military active disability and is
                                    92 years old. He has undergone operations and is completely bed ridden in a
                                    V.A. hospital nursing home located in Minot, North Dakota. He sold his home
                                    so he can pay $6000 monthly for required shots, medication and lodging.
                                    When this veteran requested a scooter for moving about, he was informed by
                                    his V.A. office it was not possible! He wrote to the Senator from North Dakota
                                    however the Senator did not even have the decency to reply to his request for
                                    help.

                                    When I heard of his plight, I contacted my local V.A. office in Dallas, Texas to
                                    find out if there was anything the V.A. office can do to help him. They
                                    informed me since he is not in their (Texas) jurisdiction they can not help. I
                                    was told to contact the V.A. office in Minot, North Dakota which already
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                                             declined helping my friend! This situation is outrageous for a military veteran
                                             and those who are currently serving the in armed forces. As a veteran, what
                                             are your thoughts how veterans in a neighboring state are treated? As a
                                             brother veteran and Senator of South Dakota, can I count on your support in
                                             correcting this injustice?

                                             Please inform me on your decision.

                                             Best Regards,

                                             Emile P. L., Texas


A-5928   Defense and Military   2003.04.21   My husband is in Iraq, He is with the 3rd ID, 2 Brigade Combat Team, he has
                                             been over in the region since Sept. 2002. They have completed the mission in
                                             the war that they were sent to do yet they are still sitting over there- The
                                             ships have left, the air force has left why is 3rd ID still there- the imbedded
                                             reporter, ex Marine Greg K. has left because he was exhausted, if he was tired
                                             in what condition must our soldiers be in. Where are the troops to relieve our
                                             guys!!


A-5929   Public Welfare         2003.04.21   Dear Senator Thomas A. Daschle:

                                             I am contacting my members of Congress regarding an grave issue of concern
                                             to me.

                                             I ask for you to hear my story and provide assistance so that I may return to
                                             a higher level of health and functioning.

                                             Last fall I was informed by my endocrinologist, Dr. J.M. M. of Sioux Falls, SD,
                                             that I needed to have gastric bypass surgery for multiple health issues and to
                                             prevent further complications of diabetes and heart disease (both of which I
                                             am currently at high risk).

                                             This procedure was verified as a necessary surgery by Dr. Michael H., an
                                             orthopedic surgeon in Aberdeen, SD, due to the increasing pain and difficulties
                                             I am experiencing with my back, knees, and ankles. Since the end of
                                             January, 2003, I have been administratively denied (not medically denied)
                                             this surgical procedure by my insurance company, Avera Health, four times.
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                                    The rationale they provide is that it is nota covered service.

                                    As a single person working full-time as a college instructor, as well as
                                    pursuing a graduate degree so I can continue to teach nursing at Presentation
                                    College in Aberdeen, SD, I am struggling to make ends meet, and can not
                                    afford to pay for this procedure out-of-pocket or purchase additional health
                                    care coverage. I am further frustrated by the fact that the Avera Health
                                    System has opened the bariatric center (weight management) on the Avera
                                    McKennan campus in Sioux Falls, and is marketing this procedure. However,
                                    these services are denied to those covered by the Avera Health Insurance
                                    plans.

                                    I did not choose to become obese and work very hard to live a healthy life
                                    despite my weight. Unfortunately, my continued weight gain is a major
                                    concern and is placing my at risk with my health and my ability to work as an
                                    RN and nursing instructor. I also know that this procedure may be costly, but
                                    the costs that will occur if I acquire diabetes and heart disease, plus needing
                                    multiple orthopedic surgeries will be much more.

                                    I want to continue teaching nursing and working in South Dakota because it is
                                    my home.

                                    Therefore, I ask for you to assistant me with receiving approval from Avera
                                    Health Plans so that I may return to a higher level of health and functioning.
                                    Anything you can do for me will be most appreciated.

                                    Sincerely,

                                    Michelle M. H., SD


A-5930   Science and   2003.04.21   If any of the anti-spam or do-not-email registry bills come up for a vote, I
         Technology                 seriously hope you will vote to support them. I personally have not met a
                                    single person in S.D. who disagrees with the opinion that this problem need
                                    federal legislation. Porn and unsolicited email is in my opinion the largest
                                    problem the faces us in terms of the internet. Thank You and I will be paying
                                    attention to your voting record.
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B-419    UN Should Direct    2003.04.21   Dear Sen. Daschle:
         Relief and
         Reconstruction                   I am writing to urge you to call on President Bush to ensure that the
                                          distribution of humanitarian aid and reconstruction of Iraq be directed by the
                                          United Nations. The United States should throw its full resources behind the
                                          food-for-oil program and other UN-directed humanitarian aid programs. Doing
                                          so would be a first step to re-establishing our commitment to international
                                          cooperation and the Iraqi people.

                                          Our main ally, Prime Minister Blair, has called on President Bush to support a
                                          lead role for the United Nations in the reconstruction in Iraq. I urge you to
                                          support Mr. Blair's proposal, which would provide the U.S. with an opportunity
                                          to rebuild our broken relationships around the world and gain needed
                                          international legitimacy for our country's actions.

                                          Sincerely,

                                          Alan R. B., SD


B-2135   Tax                 2003.04.21   Dear Senator Daschle:

                                          I oppose the tax cut as proposed by Pres. Bush. Anything other than an
                                          immediate tax reduction would not stimulate the economy. The elimination of
                                          the Dividend tax would not be stimulative since most dividends are (1) going
                                          to the wealthy, or (2) goes to protected accounts such as IRA's.

                                          Additionally, polls show that most people say that they would use tax returns
                                          to pay debt, this would not stimulate the ecomomy at all.

                                          This Administration seems to not care about the truism "Pay now or pay later".
                                          This is what we will have to do with the cost of the war and re-building and
                                          occupation of Iraq, and also with the deficet.


B-1990   America Supports    2003.04.21   Sen. Thomas Daschle
         the President's                  United States Senate
         Economic Plan. So                509 Hart Senate Office Building
         Should You.                      Washington, D.C. 20510-4103
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                                          Hon. Sen. Daschle:

                                          Please put aside your partisan politics and vote in favor of the President's
                                          economic plan. I believe it is crucial to our economy both here in South Dalota
                                          and nationally. Please do the right thing and vote in favor of this plan. It will
                                          help individuals and small business owners like me. Thanks for your time.

                                          Sincerely,

                                          Jay S., SD


A-804    Water Issues        2003.04.22   Senator Daschle:

                                          I work at the Huron Public Library. We have a patron who would like to know
                                          how you voted and/or what has transpired recently on two water issues.

                                          1. Missouri River -- will some of the water be held in South Dakota instead of
                                          so much being sent downstream. What is the status of the Corp. of Engineers
                                          power to regulate the water levels of the River in various states.

                                          2. Web Water -- is funding still available to bring the Web Water project east
                                          from Miller to Huron, Cavour, and Iroquois?? Also, is there an easy Internet
                                          site where we can find the voting record for subject areas of interest -- like
                                          the water issues listed above.

                                          I have tried several different sites and have not been successful in finding
                                          water issues. Thanks for your help.

                                          Colleen S.
                                          Huron Public Library


A-3636   Please Vote NO on   2003.04.22   Sen. Thomas Daschle
         H.R. 1350                        United States Senate
                                          509 Hart Senate Office Building
                                          Washington, D.C. 20510-4103

                                          Sen. Daschle:
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                                             Dear Senator Daschle,

                                             As a parent of a child with autism, I'm asking of you to please voe no on H.R.
                                             1350.There are too many gaps for my child in school with the changes that
                                             will occur if H.R. 1350 is passed. He will not get the help and services that he
                                             needs.

                                             Thank you very much for your time.

                                             With respect,

                                             Deb L., SD


A-4605   Defense and Military   2003.04.22   DEAR SIRS,   MY FAITH IN MY GOVERNMENT IS TRUELY TESTED. THE
                                             CURRENT PRESIDENT HAS REDUCED THE COUNTRY OF IRAQ TO KAOS.
                                             HOSPITALS ARE BEING TERRORIZED IN IRAQ AND LOOTED OPENLY. I
                                             CONSIDDER THIS WAR TO BE A TOTAL FAILURE. NO WEAPONS OF MASS
                                             DESTRUCTION. NONE. WHERE ARE THE WEAPONS SENATOR?

                                             WHERE IS CONGRESS ASKING ANY OF THESE QUESTIONS. NOW OUR
                                             CURRENT REGIME WANTS TO PUNISH FRANCE FOR NOT GOING ALONG WITH
                                             US. FRANCE AND ITALY ARE THE ONLY COUNTRIES BESIDES PAKISTAN TO
                                             CATCH A REAL 911 TERROIST. WE NEED THESE COUNTRIES TO FIGHT THE
                                             REAL BAD GUYS. SIR OUR GOVERNMENT IS OUT OF CONTROL. DO
                                             SOMETHING.


A-5917   Please speak up        2003.04.22   Sen. Thomas Daschle
                                             United States Senate
                                             509 Hart Senate Office Building
                                             Washington, D.C. 20510-4103

                                             Sen. Daschle:

                                             I write to urge that you protect my rights and those of every American by
                                             rejecting the Bush court-packing plan and refusing to confirm nominees like
                                             Charles Pickering, Priscilla Owen, Deborah Cook, Miguel Estrada and Jeffrey
                                             Sutton.
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                                          These nominees have supported radical judicial and legal philosophies that
                                          could seriously damage civil rights, privacy rights, reproductive freedom,
                                          environmental protection, religious liberty and more. Indeed, the Senate
                                          Judiciary Committee rejected the confirmations of Pickering and Owen last
                                          year because of their records on civil rights and individual liberty. Cook, as an
                                          Ohio State Supreme Court Justice, has advocated similarly troubling views,
                                          prompting strong opposition from civil and consumer rights organizations.
                                          Estrada has been opposed by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and the
                                          Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund because of concerns about his
                                          record, but refused even to answer key questions by the Senate Judiciary
                                          Committee about his judicial philosophy. Sutton has worked aggressively to
                                          severely limit federal protections against discrimination and injury based on
                                          disability, race, age, sex, and religion.

                                          Some or all of these nominees could come before the Senate as early as mid-
                                          January or February. As part of the Bush administration&#8217;s court-
                                          packing plan, these nominees represent a major threat to the rights and
                                          liberties of all Americans and an assault on the last 70 years of social justice
                                          progress. I strongly urge you to reject efforts to rubber-stamp and confirm
                                          these five nominees.

                                          Sincerely,

                                          Julie D., SD


A-5920   Repeal the $1,500   2003.04.22   Sen. Thomas Daschle
         Therapy Cap (HR                  United States Senate
         1125/S. 569)                     509 Hart Senate Office Building
                                          Washington, D.C. 20510-4103

                                          Dear Sen. Daschle:

                                          As a concerned constituent and a physical therapy practitioner, I am writing to
                                          you about a provision that originated in the Balanced Budget Act of 1997
                                          (BBA) that harmed senior citizens in 1999 and is about to do so again. The
                                          provision imposed an annual cap of $1,500 for outpatient physical therapy
                                          services. This limitation, or cap, affects services provided in all Part B practice
                                          settings, excluding those furnished in a hospital outpatient department.

                                          Congress has recognized the potential consequences of the therapy cap and
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                                        twice imposed a moratorium to prevent its implementation. However, the
                                        107th Congress failed to take action to extend the moratorium.

                                        If Congress does not pass legislation by July 1, 2003 the therapy caps will be
                                        reinstated, thus reducing rehabilitation benefits for Medicare enrollees. I urge
                                        you in the strongest possible terms to cosponsor HR 1125/S. 569 to repeal the
                                        $1,500 therapy cap once and for all and to prevent further harm to
                                        beneficiaries. The inherent problems with the $1,500 therapy cap are well
                                        recognized: * The arbitrary cap of $1,500 will have a disproportionate impact
                                        on the oldest and sickest Medicare beneficiaries, denying access to care for
                                        the most vulnerable Medicare population. * Beneficiaries who require services
                                        above the $1,500 limit will have to seek care in an outpatient hospital
                                        department - if one is available to them in their geographic region - or pay
                                        100% of the cost out of pocket. * This arbitrary cap will limit access to
                                        necessary therapy if a patient has more than one episode of care for therapy
                                        during a year, not uncommon for Medicare beneficiaries. For example, if a
                                        patient has a knee replacement and receives $1,500 in therapy and then has
                                        another condition that requires therapy later in the same calendar year,
                                        Medicare will not cover those services if the $1,500 limit has already been
                                        reached.

                                        The House passed legislation in July 2002 that would have extended the
                                        moratorium on implementation of the therapy cap for two years.

                                        The chairman and ranking minority member of the Senate Finance Committee
                                        proposed an identical two-year moratorium, but the Senate was unable to
                                        pass it before the 107th Congress adjourned. For the sake of Medicare
                                        patients and those of us who provide therapy care for them, I implore you to
                                        cosponsor HR 1125/S. 569 which removes the $1,500 therapy cap and
                                        preserves the rehabilitation care that is so crucial for Medicare beneficiaries.
                                        Thank you for your consideration of this request.

                                        (Add paragraph, if desired, talking about specific patients that were effected
                                        by the cap or would be effected by the cap.)

                                        Sincerely

                                        Cassie M., SD


A-5946   Judicial Issues   2003.04.22   I regret being from the same state you claim to represent. How can someone
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                                    like yourself claim to be "tolerant" of others and then trash them in public, as
                                    you have Senator Santorum? A person is measured by the stands he takes.
                                    So you stand for perverse views which are an offense to God? May you reap
                                    what you sow, and be removed quickly from leadership of this great country.

                                    Dana D.
                                    An embarrassed South Dakota native


A-5947   Culture       2003.04.22   Mr. Daschle:

                                    I am a registered democrat from your home state of SD. I am very
                                    disappointed in your comments during the war. Your comments would have
                                    been more appropriate at a later time. I am also disgusted with your stand
                                    with Senator Sanatorum. I also belive that homosexual acts are wrong. This
                                    is a free country and we are able to have our own values. The Democrat
                                    party is becoming something I do not want to be party of anymore. I plan to
                                    work against you in the next election, no matter who runs. I plan on
                                    organizing as many democrat friends as possible. We will not let you take our
                                    right to have values from us or our kids.

                                    Joe K.


A-5948   Culture       2003.04.22   Honorable Senator,

                                    Though being a democrat, I am not one to see one side as totally right and
                                    the other side as totally wrong.I appreciate your demonstrated concern for
                                    people that is always demonstrated in your voicing your opinion on things.

                                    Being a native South Dakotan, I think you reflect well the caring nature of the
                                    South Dakota people.

                                    The commentaries I have been doing ("Positive Refelction") and sending to
                                    you have also been going out to many residents in South Dakota. The
                                    comments I receive seem to show quite positive acceptance of them.

                                    The current flap about the comments of Sen. Santorum are not justified, as he
                                    has spoke in a reasonable manner, though some, at first glance, think there is
                                    no comparison to bigamists and adulterers who break legal vows between
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                                    themselves and others.

                                    When we become a nation that is more and more bent on saying wrong is
                                    right, what is going to stop us from saying that a person doesn't have a right
                                    to do other things as well?

                                    My feelings on this matter have gone out, today, to all the people in South
                                    Dakota who I've been sending my commentaries too, and I have received only
                                    2 objections and 1 making comments "for what they were worth."

                                    I also plan to do a commentary, on this issue, in the near future.

                                    I believe I'll find South Dakota people receptive to it and hope you will be too,
                                    and that you'll oppose those that would want to lynch Sen. Santorum for
                                    being right. I'll do the same for you, and Former Sen. McGoveran, when
                                    you're proved right about your criticism of the current adminsitration's war
                                    planning.

                                    Sincerely,

                                    Lloyd W.


A-5949   Other         2003.04.22   Dear Tom:

                                    Medical liability reform continues to be a significant problem throughout our
                                    country. As I watch the devastation of medical staff's throughout
                                    Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Nevada and 23 other states, I am struck by the
                                    profound disruption of care for the patients of those regions. When
                                    malpractice premiums reach 25 -40% of total expected revenues, many
                                    physicians are deciding to go "bare" or even retire early. Early retirement of
                                    more and more physicians makes access more a pressing issue than ever. Of
                                    projections of increased demand of 6-8% per year by the baby boomers, the
                                    problem worsens. South Dakota is actually gained somewhat through this
                                    crisis by our ability to recruit physicians from these crisis areas. Although we
                                    could gloat in our relative victory, this is a national problem which demands
                                    attention.

                                    Thank you for the tremendous support that you have given us at Avera
                                    McKennan and to healthcare throughout South Dakota. Our entire state is
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                                           deeply indebted for your efforts. We must work crisis which continues to drive
                                           medical costs even higher, threatens access for patients, and drive needed
                                           physicians out of their profession early. I encourage your support for strong
                                           medical liability reform. If I can provide any further information, please do not
                                           hesitate to contact me.


A-5950   Oppose the Child     2003.04.22   Sen. Thomas Daschle
         Custody Protection                United States Senate
         Act                               509 Hart Senate Office Building
                                           Washington, D.C. 20510-4103

                                           Dear Sen. Daschle:

                                           I am writing to urge you to vote against the Child Custody Protection Act (S.
                                           851), which makes it a federal crime to transport a minor who cannot involve
                                           her parents in her abortion decision to a state that does not mandate parental
                                           involvement. This means that teenagers cannot turn to trusted adults like
                                           aunts, grandparents, or older siblings and would be forced to deal with their
                                           unplanned pregnancies alone.

                                           This bill is unnecessary and dangerous for those who are most vulnerable. In
                                           states with no parental involvement laws, studies show that the majority of
                                           teenagers voluntarily talk to their parents before having an abortion. Parental
                                           consent/notification laws fall most heavily on teenagers from troubled
                                           families, and in many cases result in weeks of delay before a minor has an
                                           abortion. The Child Custody Protection Act would intensify the harmful effects
                                           of these laws and force young women who cannot turn to their parents to deal
                                           with unplanned pregnancies alone.

                                           For these reasons, I urge you to oppose the Child Custody Protection Act.

                                           Sincerely,

                                           Jason H.


A-5951   Civil Service        2003.04.22   Dear Senator Tom Daschle,

                                           I´m sending this e-mail to you to request a signed autograph card. Thank you
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                                        very much in advance!!!

                                        Sincerely yours

                                        Christopher L.


A-5952   Education         2003.04.22   This is a request that you RECONSIDER the proposed plan for changes to the
                                        ERIC system which includes the following changes: Closes all 16 ERIC
                                        Clearinghouses; eliminates personalized reference and referral services;
                                        terminates AskERIC and clearinghouse question-answering services; ends all
                                        networking and outreach activities, including ERIC-sponsored Listservs; shuts
                                        down Clearinghouse Web sites currently visited by 22.5 million unique visitors
                                        a year; eliminates ERIC Digests, books, and other synthesis publications;
                                        reduces coverage of the journal literature from 1100 journals to an estimated
                                        400; and restricts consumer access to information, limiting ERIC database
                                        coverage to "approved lists" of journals and document contributors. Because
                                        all of the above resources are used extensively by professional educators,
                                        these changes will drastically affect the quality of teaching and research in our
                                        schools and universities. As an educator in South Dakota, I know ! how
                                        important it is for these resources to be accessible.

                                        I strongly urge you to include all 16 ERIC Clearinghouses with the DOE
                                        information services and user-friendly products and Web sites; and to
                                        continue comprehensive coverage of the education literature.


A-5953   SUPPORT SCHOOL-   2003.04.22   Sen. Thomas Daschle
         BASED MENTAL                   United States Senate
         HEALTH SERVICES                509 Hart Senate Office Building
                                        Washington, D.C. 20510-4103

                                        To Sen. Daschle:

                                        As a school psychologist, I am concerned about the dire need to address the
                                        mental health needs of our students and their families. I am writing today to
                                        urge you to increase funding and strengthen effective mental health programs
                                        in FY 2004.The Elementary and Secondary School Counseling Program is the
                                        only federal program to assist schools with school-based mental health and
                                        counseling services. This grant program awards funds to school districts most
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                               in need of counseling services. The grants help school districts create or
                               expand comprehensive school counseling programs through school
                               psychologists, school social workers, and school counselors to:

                               * Work together with students, families, and teachers to help address the
                               social, emotional and academic needs of students,

                               * Improve classroom management, student behavior, and student mental
                               health/well being,

                               * Remove barriers to learning in the classroom, thus increasing academic
                               achievement, and

                               * Prevent violence, bullying, substance abuse, and other negative/unhealthy
                               behaviors.

                               The program currently serves approximately 210,000 students in 34 states
                               and around 600 schools. Evaluations have found that the program reduces
                               visits to the principal's office, suspensions, expulsions, and the use of
                               weapons and threats. It increases students' academic achievement,
                               attendance, and feelings of safety. Continued expansion of this grant
                               program is critical to assist schools in providing more comprehensives services
                               that are otherwise minimal or absent in light of competing budget demands.
                               Specifically, funding the Elementary and Secondary School Counseling
                               Program at $100 million in fiscal year 2004 would provide assistance to
                               approximately 300 school districts across the country. Unfortunately, the
                               President's budget proposal for FY 2004 would eliminate the Elementary and
                               Secondary School Counseling Program. Congress recently reauthorized and
                               the President signed this program into law as part of the "No Child Left Behind
                               Act." Now is not the time to eliminate the only federal program that assists
                               schools in improving mental health outreach and services to students.

                               Representatives Jim Langevin (D- RI) and Bob Simmons (R-CT) are circulating
                               a "Dear Colleague" letter to the Appropriations Committee asking Congress to
                               appropriate $75 million for the Elementary and Secondary School Counseling
                               Program. I urge you to sign this letter and support the school counseling
                               program.

                               The Administration's budget also cuts programs and funding under the Safe
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                                     and Drug Free Schools Program.

                                     Such cuts will also hinder our school district's ability to offer mental health
                                     services and will endanger the continuation of grants under the Safe
                                     Schools/Healthy Students Program. Please recognize the great need to
                                     improve access to mental health services for the children and families of your
                                     state and district. Please help to secure funding for the Elementary and
                                     Secondary School Counseling Program and Safe Schools/Healthy Students
                                     grants. Thank you for your support on this important issue.

                                     Sincerely,

                                     James M. M., SD


A-5954   A Reciprocal   2003.04.22   Sen. Thomas Daschle
         Agreement                   United States Senate
                                     509 Hart Senate Office Building
                                     Washington, D.C. 20510-4103

                                     Dear Sen. Daschle:

                                     The overarching mission of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) to improve
                                     teaching methods and raise student achievement is laudable and one that
                                     educators support. As middle level and high school principals, assistant
                                     principals, and school administrators, we accept accountability, but also
                                     understand that significant additional resources are necessary to improve
                                     secondary schools and meet the goals of NCLB. This we will do:·

                                     Lead schools in providing a high quality education to all students so that
                                     achievement gaps between higher and lower performing students are reduced.
                                     ·

                                     Utilize meaningful data to improve teaching practices and identify student
                                     academic needs.

                                     Lead the school and community in understanding and collaboratively
                                     implementing NCLB.

                                     Foster the engagement of families and communities in the educational
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                               development of their children.

                               Provide a safe and effective learning environment that is personalized and
                               addresses the needs of every student.

                               Ensure that every student will receive comprehensive literacy instruction
                               across the school curriculum, building on the foundation of the early grades. ·

                               Ensure that every student receives effective mathematics and science
                               instruction. ·

                               Prepare every student for a successful postsecondary education, lifelong
                               learning, and enhanced career opportunities.

                               This we will need:

                               Significant new federal funding, resources, and specific legislation dedicated to
                               the needs of secondary school students.

                               Flexibility and support from policymakers that allow principals and staff to
                               meet state standards and attain student achievement goals.

                               Funding to provide every principal and teacher intensive, high quality, and
                               ongoing professional development to meet the requirements of NCLB. ·
                               Programs and incentives to attract and retain high quality principals and
                               teachers.

                               High quality, diagnostic student assessments, which provide timely and usable
                               data to improve instruction and address individual student needs.

                               Involvement from families and the entire school community that reinforces the
                               educational goals of the school, school district, and state.

                               An adolescent literacy initiative that provides every middle level and high
                               school with a literacy coach and appropriate professional development for all
                               staff to improve the reading and writing skills of every student.

                               Full funding for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)to meet
                               the needs of all students with special needs. · Support services necessary to
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                               meet the needs of all at-risk students. Did You Know?...

                               The federal government allocates only 2-3 pennies out of every tax dollar to
                               education.

                               Less than 15% of federal (ESEA) Title I funds are directed to middle level and
                               high schools.

                               Federal programs to help disadvantaged students prepare effectively for
                               college currently serve only 10% to 20% of eligible students. · Public high
                               school enrollment is projected to increase by nearly 9 percent between 1999
                               and 2009, while public elementary school enrollment is projected to decrease
                               slightly over the same time period. · Recent international analyses have
                               indicated that the performance of U.S. elementary school students looks
                               relatively strong, the performance of U.S. middle school students appears to
                               be about average, and the performance of U.S. high school students ranks
                               near the bottom.

                               There is currently a severe shortage of qualified principals, especially for high-
                               needs schools. In a 2000 survey, approximately half of school districts
                               surveyed reported there was a shortage of qualified candidates for the
                               principal positions they were attempting to fill.

                               In the coming decade, it is estimated that the country will need to fill
                               approximately two million teaching vacancies.

                               Overall, 12 to 20percent of teachers leave the profession in their first year,
                               and the rates are even higher in urban and high-poverty schools. ·

                               Out-of-field educators teach approximately one-third of the core academic
                               courses in high-poverty high schools. · The federal Reading First program is
                               authorized to distribute $5 billion over five years to states to establish high-
                               quality, scientifically based, comprehensive reading instruction for students in
                               kindergarten through third grade, but will do nothing to meet the need for
                               literacy instruction required by the six million secondary school students who
                               are reading below basic grade levels.

                               Researchers have concluded that small school size leads to improved student
                               grades and test scores, yet for the last two years the President provided no
                               funding in his budget for this existing program that helps personalize the
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                                          learning environment.

                                          In 1975, Congress committed to provide 40% of the average per pupil
                                          expenditure of special education students, but in order for the federal
                                          government to fulfill this promise, funding must be increased by over 100%. ·
                                          The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) estimates that it will
                                          cost states a total of $1 billion each year to comply with the testing
                                          requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act, but the federal government is
                                          providing only roughly $400 million each year for this purpose. ·

                                          The National Governor&#8217;s Association reports that in Fiscal Year 2002,
                                          states cut state budgets by $12.8 billion. Cuts to 2003 budgets are expected
                                          to be worse.

                                          Nationally, states could face an estimated $40 billion total shortfall in current
                                          revenue and a projected $60 billion total shortfall for the next budget year.

                                          Sincerely,

                                          Kimberly J., SD


A-5956   Repeal the $1,500   2003.04.22   Sen. Thomas Daschle
         Therapy Cap (HR                  United States Senate
         1125/S. 569)
                                          509 Hart Senate Office Building
                                          Washington, D.C. 20510-4103

                                          Dear Sen. Daschle:

                                          As a concerned constituent and a physical therapy practitioner, I am writing to
                                          you about a provision that originated in the Balanced Budget Act of 1997
                                          (BBA) that harmed senior citizens in 1999 and is about to do so again. The
                                          provision imposed an annual cap of $1,500 for outpatient physical therapy
                                          services. This limitation, or cap, affects services provided in all Part B practice
                                          settings, excluding those furnished in a hospital outpatient department.

                                          Congress has recognized the potential consequences of the therapy cap and
                                          twice imposed a moratorium to prevent its implementation. However, the
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                               107th Congress failed to take action to extend the moratorium.

                               If Congress does not pass legislation by July 1, 2003 the therapy caps will be
                               reinstated, thus reducing rehabilitation benefits for Medicare enrollees. I urge
                               you in the strongest possible terms to cosponsor HR 1125/S. 569 to repeal the
                               $1,500 therapy cap once and for all and to prevent further harm to
                               beneficiaries. The inherent problems with the $1,500 therapy cap are well
                               recognized: * The arbitrary cap of $1,500 will have a disproportionate impact
                               on the oldest and sickest Medicare beneficiaries, denying access to care for
                               the most vulnerable Medicare population. * Beneficiaries who require services
                               above the $1,500 limit will have to seek care in an outpatient hospital
                               department - if one is available to them in their geographic region - or pay
                               100% of the cost out of pocket. * This arbitrary cap will limit access to
                               necessary therapy if a patient has more than one episode of care for therapy
                               during a year, not uncommon for Medicare beneficiaries. For example, if a
                               patient has a knee replacement and receives $1,500 in therapy and then has
                               another condition that requires therapy later in the same calendar year,
                               Medicare will not cover those services if the $1,500 limit has already been
                               reached.

                               The House passed legislation in July 2002 that would have extended the
                               moratorium on implementation of the therapy cap for two years.

                               The chairman and ranking minority member of the Senate Finance Committee
                               proposed an identical two-year moratorium, but the Senate was unable to
                               pass it before the 107th Congress adjourned. For the sake of Medicare
                               patients and those of us who provide therapy care for them, I implore you to
                               cosponsor HR 1125/S. 569 which removes the $1,500 therapy cap and
                               preserves the rehabilitation care that is so crucial for Medicare beneficiaries.
                               Thank you for your consideration of this request.

                               Add paragraph, if desired, talking about specific patients that were effected by
                               the cap or would be effected by the cap.)

                               Sincerely,

                               Patti M., SPT, SD
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B-1125   Health               2003.04.22   Dear Senator Daschle

                                           I am writing to encourage you to support the bill to put caps on medical
                                           malpractice suits. While those who suffer losses from malpractice should
                                           certainly be compensated, often the settlements are outrageous and are
                                           hurting out health care system and our country as a whole. It is we the people
                                           who have to pay these settlements, not the doctors and hospitals. It's as
                                           though every time we pay for health care, a large share of the money goes
                                           into a lottery ticket that someone else will win. It seems imperative that some
                                           limit be put on this so that it doesn't break the back of our whole health care
                                           system.

                                           I realize that this is not a Democratic Pary bill, but I hope you will support it.


B-2150   Public Welfare       2003.04.22   You are considering bill S.630. This bill supposedly doesn't let telemarketers
                                           disguise their message. It also allows one to opt out after receiving their first
                                           solicitation. This is not a good bill, vote no. Having to opt out after first
                                           solicitation allows them to send at least one and then puts the burden on the
                                           consumer to opt out, bad idea. Instead stop ALL telemarketing. No unsolicited
                                           e-mail from advertisers. Don't make it an opt out, make it an opt in. In other
                                           words, don't call me, I'll call you.

                                           Thank you, Gary


A-211    Support Including    2003.04.23   Sen. Thomas Daschle
         Renewable Fuels                   United States Senate
         Standard in Energy                509 Hart Senate Office Building
         Bill                              Washington, D.C. 20510-4103

                                           Dear Sen. Daschle:

                                           I am writing to urge your support for a comprehensive energy bill that
                                           includes a renewable fuels standard in order to help reduce our nation's
                                           dependence on foreign oil. The renewable fuels standard compromise that had
                                           broad-based support in the last congressional session would ban MTBE in four
                                           years, give the oil industry greater flexibility and ensure a growing use of
                                           American-made ethanol and biodiesel. This agreement, which has bipartisan
                                           support, has the backing of the American Coalition for Ethanol, all major farm
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                                        organizations, and even the American Petroleum Institute. If we are to do
                                        anything to reduce our dangerous dependence on imported oil then we need a
                                        renewable fuels standard to set that course. Thank you.

                                        Sincerely,

                                        John A. L.


A-1089   Judicial Issues   2003.04.23   Senator Daschle

                                        A person can call a zebra a horse, but it will always be a zebra. No amount of
                                        claims that it is a horse will change it to a zebra.

                                        The recent claim of a Catholic bishop and your counterclaim that you will
                                        always be a Catholic are interesting.

                                        When one holds tenets a religion's doctrines he is a member of that faith. I
                                        could claim to be a Lutheran but hold to doctrines of secular humanism,
                                        espousing that man is his own god, with its doctrine of pragmatic rules, such
                                        as euthanasia, abortion, assisted suicide, licentious sex, etc ad infinitum, but
                                        no matter how much I claimed to be a Lutheran, people would see the reality
                                        and know that my claim versus what I really believe as mere hypocrisy... and
                                        I would have the respect of none! That's how people see you! Senator
                                        Santorum's statement regarding homosexuality, being in the same category
                                        as other sexual sins is correct. The Supreme court may disagree, but it will be
                                        wrong in so doing.

                                        Our nations laws were founded on Biblical principles -- across the board. That
                                        is what made America great. When we give that up we will ose our
                                        greatness. We will reap a terrible harvest. I lived in Russia from 1992-2001.
                                        I have seen the fruit of a society that lives by atheism. I would not wish such
                                        a life on my worst foe.

                                        I pray for your wisdom and that our country will be spared the terribleness of
                                        societies and nations that give up biblical principles in favor of its own whims.

                                        Remember Sodom...Gomorrah too.
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                                             Jim M.


A-1556   Government Affairs     2003.04.23   What if you had to sit and watch your baby die with it's arms and legs blown
                                             off by one of Bush's bombs? Do you think the excuse that it was collateral
                                             damage would make you feel any better? Would the sacrifice of your baby be
                                             worth Bush's objectives in this world? What if it was your whole family that
                                             got blown apart? Could you every love Bush? Could you proclaim to the world
                                             that Bush won something? Is killing babies, children and whole families really
                                             a victory? Jesus Christ tells us to love our enemies, do good to them that hate
                                             you, do not kill. All through the Bible God was always on the side of the little
                                             guys, not on the side of the nation in power! Is Bush smarter than Jesus
                                             Christ?

                                             Robert A.


A-2002   Defense and Military   2003.04.23   Dear Senator Daschle,

                                                 I was watching a news program last night that I found very disturbing. I
                                             believe it was Nightline. The gist of the program was that in the wake of no
                                             discovery of weapons of mass destruction, the administration has said that the
                                             possession of weapons of mass destruction never really was the main reason
                                             for our entry into this conflict. Quoting an administration official, the reporter
                                             who spoke convincingly, said that the reason the issue of weapons of mass
                                             destruction was raised and magnified before the war was to bring legitimacy
                                             to the war and to convince the American people for the need for this war.         If
                                             this story is true, and I urge you to discern the truth of it, than I am very
                                             upset. It his story is true, and like I said, the reporter seemed very credible,
                                             than I believe that I have been lied to by my government. A government
                                             whose words its citizens cannot trust is not a goverment that provides for
                                             stability and peace for its people.
                                                 I do not find the rational that the war was worth the effort simply because
                                             the Iraqi people are now freed from Sadam's tyranny. Such rational leads to
                                             the question, "then which tyrannous country will be go to next...and
                                             next...and next.." On and on it could go with no end. Secondly, I doubt that
                                             those Iraqis who lost loved ones and livelihoods because of this war share the
                                             same jubilation over freedom from Sadam's tyranny as we are trumpetting.
                                             Further, there are dozens of American children, wifes, and parents who will no
                                             longer see their loved ones who lost their lives in this war.
                                                  I hope that you will seek the truth about this story, and if it is true speak
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                                             loudly and clearly about the damage that such lying to one's citizens does.
                                             Your loud and clear voice is the only thing that can begin to rebuild the loss of
                                             credibility that such a betrayal by our government has brought about.

                                             Sincerely,

                                             Jerry L. N.


A-5744   Protect the            2003.04.23   Sen. Thomas Daschle
         Retirement Security                 United States Senate
         of Working Families!                509 Hart Senate Office Building
                                             Washington, D.C. 20510-4103

                                             Sen. Daschle:

                                             I am writing to urge you to oppose the proposed rule announced on December
                                             12 and amended on April 7 by the Internal Revenue Service, giving the green
                                             light to employers to switch from a traditional defined benefit pension plan to
                                             a "cash balance" plan. Cash balance plans allow the employer to strip up to
                                             50% of the value of a worker's pension. To make matters worse, these plans
                                             affect workers with longer service to the employer more severely. This is
                                             hardly a reward for their loyal service.

                                             The April 7 announcement to amend the proposed rule to allow employers to
                                             give employees a choice between a cash balance or defined benefit plan
                                             during conversion is not enough. Employers should be required to make that
                                             choice available.

                                             In light of the corporate scandals at Enron, WorldCom and others, giving
                                             employers greater latitude to tinker with the retirement security of workers is
                                             just a bad idea.

                                             Thank you for your efforts to protect workers' pensions.

                                             Sincerely,

                                             duane t h., SD
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A-5934   Veterans            2003.04.23   Dear Mr. Daschle,

                                          I am emailing you because of my father who is in the Veterans Nursing home
                                          in Fort Meade, South Dakota and he has been there for over a year now
                                          because he had this tumor and the doctors said he had no chance in beating
                                          the tumor because it looked like cancer..well he asked me to email you and
                                          ask you if there was any way possible that you can look into some way of my
                                          father getting the help for his vision.

                                          The nursing home doesn't seem to want to help my father and he gets very
                                          upset and he said a friend of his told him to write to you because you have
                                          helped others in VA nursing homes..my father is blind but he can still see a
                                          bit..he has made a great recovery but he can't see very well..if there is any
                                          way you can help him..please let me know..thank you for your time and
                                          cooperation.

                                          Sincerely,

                                          Belinda L.
                                          For BERNARD L. S.


A-5935   UN discontinuance   2003.04.23   Sen. Thomas Daschle
                                          United States Senate
                                          509 Hart Senate Office Building
                                          Washington, D.C. 20510-4103

                                          Dear Sen. Daschle:

                                          For nearly 60 years, the United Nations has marched relentlessly towards its
                                          vision of a socialistic, one-world government, all the while being financed by
                                          U.S. taxpayers.

                                          H.R. 1146 would repeal the United Nations Participation Act of 1945 and other
                                          specified related laws. If passed, it would direct the President to TERMINATE
                                          U.S. participation in the United Nations.

                                          I urge you in the strongest possible terms to co-sponsor H.R. 1146, The
                                          American Sovereignty Restoration Act of 2003, and support getting it out of
                                          the House International Relations Committee, and have it sent to the House
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                                           Floor for a FULL VOTE.

                                           No matter what we do, the U.N. continues its attacks on U.S. sovereignty,
                                           while we continue to pay their bills. It's time to put a STOP to this nonsense.

                                           Please consider supporting -- and even co-sponsoring -- H.R. 1146, and take
                                           IMMEDIATE steps to help get it voted out of the International Relations
                                           Committee, and send it to the House Floor for a FULL VOTE. Thank you.

                                           cc: IR Committee

                                           Sincerely,

                                           Doug D., SD


A-5936   Foreign Affairs      2003.04.23   Senator Daschle:

                                           I would like to protest any sort of 'sanctions' against France for their stand on
                                           a war with Iraq. France is a sovereign nation with the right to determine
                                           whether or not they wish to participate in any action against another nation.
                                           The US would certainly (and on numerous occasions has) refused to
                                           participate in actions we did not favor.

                                           Thank you.

                                           Marian J A.


A-5937   Government Affairs   2003.04.23   Mr Daschle,

                                           I could use your help if it possible, but don't wish to be too much trouble.

                                           I have been offered a position by a government contractor to go to Iraq to
                                           assist the military, but the position is contingent upon my having at a
                                           minimum an "interim" secret security clearance before the position is offered
                                           to me. My last security clearance expired when I left the military and as an
                                           individual, I am told I can not request one.

                                           I am not sure why the contractor can't provide the initial clearance as a part
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                                              of theoffer, but I am told that they can't.

                                              Is there anything that can be done? I would like the opportunity to serve my
                                              country but am running into a huge obstacle. Please help!

                                              Thank you

                                              Sincerely,

                                              Eric C., SD


A-5938   environment             2003.04.23   Dear Thomas Daschle,

                                              Many of the school buses that carry our children to school are among the
                                              dirtiest vehicles on the road. About one-third of the school buses on the roads
                                              today are more than ten years old, and in need of replacement. These older
                                              buses emit clouds of harmful soot and smog-forming pollution fumes that can
                                              seriously harm our children. Diesel pollution has been linked to increased
                                              asthma rates, missed school days, hospitalizations, chronic bronchitis, heart
                                              disease, cancer, and even premature death. Alternatives do exist. School
                                              buses powered by natural gas and low sulfur diesel emit significantly lower
                                              levels of soot and smog-forming pollution. To ensure that children travel in
                                              cleaner buses, school districts need federal support. The Clean School Buses
                                              Grant Program would provide matching grants for school districts to replace
                                              the oldest and dirtiest diesel school buses with ones that run on cleaner
                                              alternatives. The monies would go towards the cost of the bus and the
                                              associated infrastructure needed to fuel the bus. We urge you to work with
                                              Senator Bayh to ensure the adoption and funding of the Clean School Buses
                                              Grant Program as it moves through the legislative process.

                                              Sincerely,

                                              pattee g., SD


A-5939   Please require the      2003.04.23   Sen. Thomas Daschle
         INS to tell the truth                United States Senate
         regarding the                        509 Hart Senate Office Building
         Second Amendment
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                                             Dear Sen. Daschle:

                                             The Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) has published a document
                                             for teaching civics to prospective citizens, and that document contains at least
                                             two obvious false and misleading statements. The document, entitled the
                                             United States Government Structure Study Guide for Civics Exam, is located
                                             at: http://www.ins.gov/graphics/services/natz/usstruct.pdf

                                             On page 2, that document states that the Constitution protects the "right to
                                             bear arms, or to own weapons (a special permit is required)."

                                             On page 5, the document explains the Second Amendment: "Amendment 2
                                             Guarantees the right to have weapons or own a gun, though subject to certain
                                             regulations. (Also called the right to bear arms.)"

                                             Both of these statements are false. There is no "permit" requirement in the
                                             Constitution or Bill of Rights. The Second Amendment does not qualify the
                                             right to keep and bear arms with the phrase "subject to certain regulations."
                                             As you know, the Second Amendment declares that the people's right to keep
                                             and bear arms "shall not be infringed." On its face that language precludes
                                             any "permit" or "regulation" that would "infringe" the right. The INS document
                                             teaches prospective citizens a doctrine of "gun control" that is not part of the
                                             Constitution. I am not asking the INS to take a position on "gun control," I am
                                             asking that the INS take no position: just state what the Second Amendment
                                             says. Quote the language. If the Second Amendment needs an explanation,
                                             then explain it accurately: that it protects the right of the people to keep and
                                             bear arms. A government agency that knowingly and falsely states
                                             fundamental laws of our Republic cannot be tolerated. Please take whatever
                                             steps are necessary to require the INS, in all of its publications, to tell the
                                             truth and take no political position on the Second Amendment. Thank you.

                                             Sincerely,

                                             Stephen E., SD


A-5941   Defense and Military   2003.04.23   I am writing in behalf of myself and my family. On March 31,2003 my house
                                             burnt down. My husband is stationed in Ft. Carson doing Military Police. We
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                                       have two kids...and absolutly nothing. Everything was burnt. On Monday of
                                       last week Ryans mom found out she had breast cancer. So..I need your help.
                                       I have no help..I need help finding a new house and everything else..by
                                       myself. His mom is being sent to the mayo clinic for six weeks. My dad (Joe
                                       Connot, West Central Elec)lives in Murdo..and my mom died 2 yrs ago from
                                       cancer. Ryan went through his chain of comand and asked to be sent home
                                       on hardship. They told him that this wasn't serious enough and just to talk to
                                       a chaplin and it will blow over. He took advance leave of 30 days but now will
                                       no longer have any leave for the rest of the year. I am at my end. I need
                                       him home to help me. Nobody understands how hard it is to try and start
                                       completly over by themselves with no help. I think in my mind th! is would be
                                       considered hardship, I mean what else really has to happen to be considered
                                       hardship?? Let me know if you need any more info..

                                       I could tell you much more but am going over my 10,000 charaters.

                                       Please respond as quickly as you can, I appreciate you taking time into
                                       looking into this matter.

                                       Sonia R.


A-5942   Public Welfare   2003.04.23   Senator Daschle,

                                       First I want to say thank you for the hard work you are doing in Washington.
                                       However we do have this concern.

                                       I am writing to say that I and my husband agree with Senator Santorum in his
                                       judgments and convictions of homosexual activity.

                                       My Personal experience, having had to work with and been introduced to,
                                       several homosexual men, one married and recently died of AIDS and single
                                       men with many women and men partners Now being called "Bi-Sexual" has
                                       shown me that theses are selfish acts that cause many kinds of incurable
                                       illness's and infections, they are an endless list of new and hybrid diseases.
                                       There paper the "Gay Blade" and others will testify to this, with all the support
                                       groups available for "activity" related infections. Leading to not only the
                                       destruction of family and friends, but the guilt placed on teenagers who are
                                       curious and led into early experimentation. Our teens have enough to deal
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                                        with, please keep this out of our schools.

                                        Homosexuality and Bi-Sexual activity is "Wrong" for America, it is one of the
                                        most selfish and destructive acts promoted Please support the stopping and
                                        promoting this activity!

                                        Sincerely

                                        Russel & Kathy S., SD


A-5943   Judicial Issues   2003.04.23   Dear Senator Daschle,

                                        I don't often write letters to public officials, but I want you to know that even
                                        though I voted for you the last election, your actions of late have caused me
                                        no small embarrassment on your behalf. While I thank you for backing down
                                        on your political stance during the war, your recent attack on the family
                                        values lauded by Sen. Santorum make me wonder if you would be better off
                                        following the Clinton's lead in leaving Arkansas for New York City and
                                        relocating to a state which feels the same about family values as you do, for
                                        you clearly are not representing your constituency on this issue, but rather
                                        your own political gain - or demise. I will not vote for you again if it remains
                                        clear that you are so lacking in values and judgement, and thought you should
                                        know that down here at the grass roots of the fertile South Dakota soil are
                                        some very unhappy voters who feel as I do.

                                        Sincerely,

                                        Barbara R., RN,BSN


A-5944   Case Work         2003.04.23   Dear Seantor Daschle,

                                        I really hope that you can fulfill my request for an autographed photo or
                                        letterhead, as a collect politcal autographs. I currently work for the National
                                        Park Service at the home of another prominent Democrat: Franklin Delano
                                        Roosevelt. This is where I have gotten my interest in politics and FDR was
                                        such an amazing man, and I think that you are too. Thanks so much in
                                        advance.
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A-5945   Veterans       2003.04.23   Dear Sen.Daschle,

                                     It would be such a honor for me if you could please send me a autograph
                                     business card to Michael O., [address redacted] NY. Could you please sign it
                                     to Michael and date it. Well I will tell you a little about myself. My full name is
                                     Michael Francis O.. I am 20 years old. I was born on June 27 1982. I have two
                                     pet dogs named Sparky and Logan. When I get older I want to be a major
                                     league baseball player/ or a career in politics. I am writing to you also about
                                     another issue I feel very strongly about. I feel strongly about the creation of a
                                     U.S Postage stamp honoring the Purple Heart. I feel this would be a great way
                                     to honor the Purple Heart. I have several relatives who have fought in defense
                                     of our country in war. So I know how important this would be to them. It
                                     literally makes me sick that the Post Office created a stamp honoring Bugs
                                     Bunny before the Purple Heart. What I would like to know is would you
                                     support the creation of the Purple Heart stamp.! Three questions I would like
                                     to ask you is what is your most memorable moment in your political career,
                                     when you were a kid did you have any idols and do you have any advice for a
                                     young person who wants to get into politics. I hope to hear from you soon.
                                     Have a nice day. Thank you for taking the time to read this letter.

                                     Sincerely,

                                     Michael O.


B-318    Business and   2003.04.23   Dear Mr. Daschle,
         Economic
         Development                 I don't know what you can do about this, but I felt I should bring this to you. I
                                     purchased a compaq computer a year or so ago, and my warentee had
                                     expired. I called them for tech support and they had informed me my
                                     warentee had expired, and I knew that. But the lady then informed me that I
                                     had to pay 102 dollars for a hardware warentee update so I could get a new
                                     hard drive, which was what I thought I needed. I talked to her a lot about the
                                     fact that I had very little money, but she convinced me that I had to do this,
                                     and so I gave her my DEBIT card number, and and she connected me to tech
                                     support. We talked back and forth for about 3 hours calling back and forth,
                                     getting more and more tests run, and finally it started working, thus I didn't
                                     need a new hard drive. I was very happy about that, and then asked if they
                                     could refund my money back, the man I was talking to said yes, and when he
                                     called me back he'd confirm it. Well he never called me back, and when I
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                                           called back I talked to a different guy, they brought up my file, and said there
                                           was no record of it so they must have not taken the money out. I called my
                                           bank the next day, and then again the day after, and both times HP / Compaq
                                           had not taken anything out. I figured I was ok, so then today, (problem calls
                                           were on the 8th, today is the 23rd) I got a statement in the mail from my
                                           bank stating that I had overdrawn a bunch, and needed to come to the bank
                                           and get things straightened out. We found out when we got to the bank that
                                           HP/Compaq had withdrawn the money the 10th, and never did refund it. So I
                                           called Compaq and asked them to refund the money as I was bouncing in my
                                           check book, and I keep a very clean and organized check book, so it is not
                                           something that I'm used to.. paying the fees plus what I owed. In fact I had
                                           to borrow money from my mother to pay for the charges. Compaq told me
                                           that it was non-refundable, and that they had told me when I was getting the
                                           warentee the other day that it was non-refundable. I could not, no matter how
                                           hard I tried, get my money refunded. The bank told me that they'd try to
                                           reject the order, but since I had used a Debit card - I don't have a credit card
                                           - they couldn't do it. I havn't felt this angry in a long time, and I informed the
                                           hp/compaq people that I was going to report them to every place I could until
                                           I got my money back. Who in their right mind would charge 102 dollars for
                                           Technical Support. I don't know what you can do for me, but I am praying you
                                           can some how get my money back. I am already owing my mother and sister
                                           for things, and now I owe mom a lot more, as she bailed me out from this
                                           bank problem. I'm on disability, which I can thank you for your help with, and
                                           I don't make very much money.. so I just need to have someone do
                                           something. I wrote the BBB, and I wrote the CEO of HP, but I have a feeling
                                           none of those will pan out for anything. I'm praying you can help.

                                           Thank you for all you have done, you're about my last hope. Thank you;

                                           Joanie M., SD


A-5932   Government Affairs   2003.04.24   Sen. Daschle,

                                           I am an ex-patriate of South Dakota and had hoped to hear from you
                                           concerning the ignorant comments made by Sen. Santorum. He has made
                                           offensive remarks that are on equal footing with what Trent Lott said last
                                           year.

                                           Please consider speaking out on this.
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                                              Rick B.


A-5933   Bill h.r. 1036 or       2003.04.24   April 23, 2003
         s.659
                                              Sen. Thomas Daschle

                                              United States Senate
                                              509 Hart Senate Office Building
                                              Washington, D.C. 20510-4103

                                              Sen. Daschle:

                                              If you would please support h.r.1036 or s. 659. We need to stop this stupid
                                              lawsuits on gunmakers. They need to enforce the laws that are already on the
                                              books. Thank-you

                                              Sincerely,

                                              william k., SD


A-5961   Support the Civil       2003.04.24   Sen. Thomas Daschle
         Rights Tax Relief Act                United States Senate
                                              509 Hart Senate Office Building
                                              Washington, D.C. 20510-4103

                                              Dear Sen. Daschle:

                                              Tom, thank you for the work you do. If our party and some of the members
                                              of the opposition and independents decide to permit a tax reduction, this
                                              letter explains a possibility that may be workable.

                                              As a member of Business and Professional Women (BPW)/USA, I am writing to
                                              urge you to support the Civil Rights Tax Relief Act (S. 557, H.R. 1155),
                                              introduced by Senator Collins (R-ME) and Congresswoman Pryce (R-OH),
                                              should it be considered with the overrall tax cut package. The Civil Rights Tax
                                              Relief Act would permit individuals receiving back-wage awards to be taxed
                                              over the number of years for which the award was designed to compensate,
                                              rather than imposing taxes on the total award in the year it was received. It
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                                           would also end the double-taxation of attorneys' fee awards, meaning
                                           individuals bringing civil rights cases would not have to pay taxes on money
                                           they do not receive. Currently discrimination awards that cover back wages,
                                           non-physical injuries, and emotional distress are not exempt from federal
                                           taxation.

                                           This policy discriminates against civil rights plaintiffs because their awards are
                                           subject to taxation whereas awards for other plaintiffs, such as personal
                                           injury, are tax-free. Because back pay awards are considered taxable income,
                                           plaintiffs who win damage awards are often pushed into the highest income-
                                           tax bracket for the year they recover their damages. Many plaintiffs, including
                                           women who are discriminated against in the workplace, depend on their
                                           settlement money for financial security and retirement and cannot afford to
                                           have their awards taxed heavily. I hope that you will support this legislation
                                           when the tax cut is being considered. I would very much appreciate a
                                           response to my letter indicating your position and your reasoning.

                                           Sincerely yours

                                           Mary G K., SD


A-5962   Government Affairs   2003.04.24   PLEASE do everything in your power to defeat the Patriot II (Domestic
                                           Security Enhancement Act). It's an abomination in every sense of the word
                                           and an afront to the American way of life.

                                           Signed,




                                           Rod H.
                                           A voting South Dakotan who has voted for you every time you've run.


A-5963   Communications       2003.04.24   I hope you will do something about making telemarketing an illegal act. It
                                           should be a federal offence. My wife and I are thinking seriously about
                                           cancelling our regular telephone service and using cellular exclusively.

                                           For the past several (months, years, decades) we receive a minimum of 4 - 8
                                           telemarketer calls per day. I work for local government and would like to
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                                            keep my telephone number intact an in the phone book, but I am seriously
                                            considering dropping phone service. I hope you can at least provide
                                            legislation to allow a "no call" list. I will be the first one on such a list. We get
                                            calls Sunday, we get calls as late as 9:00 p.m.

                                            This week, I even got a call at my office to sell me a business credit card.
                                            Please help.


A-5964   Government Affairs    2003.04.24   i just have one question to ask. i am heading out for washington d.c. for the
                                            national we the people competition, and i was wondering which house the
                                            patriot act II is in. thank you

                                            dustin


A-5965   Please support Sen.   2003.04.24   Sen. Thomas Daschle
         Santorum!                          United States Senate
                                            509 Hart Senate Office Building
                                            Washington, D.C. 20510-4103

                                            Dear Sen. Daschle:

                                            As your constituent, I am writing to ask you to support Sen. Rick Santorum,
                                            who is being unfairly attacked by certain groups for no good reason.

                                            As you know, Sen. Santorum, discussing a current Supreme Court case
                                            dealing with a Texas law outlawing homosexual sex, said in an interview with
                                            the Associated Press, "If the Supreme Court says that you have the right to
                                            consensual [gay] sex within your home, then you have the right to bigamy,
                                            you have the right to polygamy, you have the right to incest, you have the
                                            right to adultery. You have the right to anything."

                                            Sen. Santorum was NOT engaging in any form of "discrimination" with these
                                            remarks. In fact, he was simply raising the same questions that the justices
                                            on the U.S. Supreme Court were asking! I have to question the motives of the
                                            reporter doing the AP interview, especially after learning her connection to the
                                            "Kerry for President" campaign.

                                            This is just plain ridiculous. I need to let you know that Americans aren't
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                                               falling for this bogus witchhunt, and neither should you. Please be sure to
                                               stand up against these frantic antics, and support Sen. Santorum against
                                               these false charges of "discrimination". I will be watching to see your actions
                                               in this matter. Please vote for the conservative people of South Dakota.
                                               Thank you.

                                               Sincerely,

                                               Sharon F., SD


B-1385   Oppose the               2003.04.24   To Sen. Daschle:
         Confirmation of
         Jeffrey Sutton to the                 I am writing to urge you to oppose the confirmation of Jeffrey Sutton to the
         Sixth Circuit Court of                Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. Sutton's record shows that he has been a
         Appeals!                              moving force in the effort to limit the ability of individuals to obtain relief from
                                               discrimination under the federal civil rights laws, through a dramatic and
                                               improper expansion of principles of federalism. He has led the way in arguing
                                               that states are immune from damages for discrimination on the basis of age
                                               or disability, that the federal right of action created under the Violence Against
                                               Women Act is unconstitutional, and that there is no right of action to enforce
                                               key regulations issued under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 barring
                                               race discrimination in federally funded programs. I urge you not to confirm
                                               nominees whose records indicate a lack of commitment to fundamental rights
                                               and liberties and statutory protections for all Americans. The balance and
                                               fairness of the federal judiciary is at stake. Thank you for your attention to
                                               this important matter.

                                               Sincerely,

                                               Claudia S., SD


B-564    Education                2003.04.24   To Whom It May Concern:

                                               I am currently a sophomore at Brown University studying political theory and
                                               philosophy. I will be home this summer, which is Yankton, South Dakota, and
                                               I am curious if there would be anything I could do to help Senator Daschle?
                                               This may sound like an odd request, but I am working full time this summer
                                               so that I may apply for an internship in your DC office next summer, but I was
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                                          hoping to possibly get some experience with your office so I might be more
                                          prepared for working for your office next summer. Anything that I could do to
                                          help in my off time, I'd be glad to do.

                                          Sincerely,

                                          Randall (Randy) R.


B-1694   H.R. 1049: Arming   2003.04.24   Sen. Thomas Daschle
         Cargo Pilots                     United States Senate
                                          509 Hart Senate Office Building
                                          Washington, D.C. 20510-4103

                                          Sen. Daschle:

                                          If you believe, as I do, that safeguarding our planes from terrorists is
                                          important, I hope you will cosponsor H.R. 1049 -- a bill to arm cargo pilots.

                                          Had the pilots of the doomed aircraft on 9-11-01 had access to firearms, those
                                          attacks could have been thwarted and thousands of American lives saved. It is
                                          true that commercial pilots are now allowed to carry firearms in the cockpit.
                                          But the law contains a gaping loophole that future terrorists can fly through.

                                          By not allowing cargo pilots to arm themselves -- similar to commercial pilots -
                                          - future terrorists can easily commandeer a cargo plane and inflict just as
                                          much damage as we saw almost two years ago.

                                          Please close the airplane loophole now. Cosponsor H.R. 1049 so that terrorists
                                          will never be able to hijack a cargo plane and take the lives of innocent
                                          Americans.

                                          Sincerely,

                                          Terry S., SD


B-1655   Civil Rights        2003.04.24   Sen. Thomas Daschle
                                          509 Hart Senate Office Building
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                               Dear Senator Daschle,

                               I am concerned about the impacts of U.S. corporations operating abroad on
                               human rights, the environment and labor rights standards. At this time of
                               heightened concerns about international issues, U.S. corporations are informal
                               ambassadors of American values around the world. Their operations abroad
                               should reflect our democratic ideals and values. Unfortunately, American
                               companies have been too often implicated in human rights abuses,
                               environmental destruction and labor rights violations. When U.S. corporations
                               operate here at home, they have to disclose basic information about their
                               operations. These disclosures promote responsible business practices that
                               help protect workers and keep communities safe and clean. While America
                               leads the world with the strongest domestic right to know laws, U.S.
                               companies do not have to disclose comparable information for their operations
                               abroad.

                               I am particularly troubled by the poor human rights records of a number of
                               U.S. companies leading natural resource extractive projects in Nigeria, Burma,
                               Chad and Ecuador. In some of these cases, Unocal in Burma, Chevron in
                               Nigeria, and Texaco in Ecuador, foreign nationals have sued American
                               companies in U.S. courts for their irresponsible operations abroad.

                               To address this growing imbalance between corporate rights and corporate
                               responsibilities, human, environmental and labor rights groups have joined
                               together to develop and promote an International Right to Know measure in
                               Congress. This initiative builds on existing domestic right to know laws and
                               will aid local communities in defending their basic rights. Under this initiative,
                               U.S. based multinational corporations would be required to disclose basic
                               information on their human rights, labor and environmental practices much in
                               the same way they disclose domestic information. I believe that the U.S.
                               should take the lead in holding corporations accountable and protecting the
                               human rights of the most vulnerable. I want U.S. businesses to live up to
                               their responsibilities to respect human rights, workers' rights and the
                               environment. I urge you to support an International Right to Know legislation
                               if and when it is introduced. Thank you for your time.

                               Sincerely,
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A-1558   Government Affairs   2003.04.25   Dear Senator Daschle

                                           My daughter Crystal A. lives in ---, South Dakota. She has a 4 year old son
                                           Clayton A. who's father, Josh D. (my daughter and Josh were boyfriend and
                                           girlfriend when Clayton was concived, Clayton and Josh have a good
                                           relationship with each other) with the South Dakota National Guard in Belle
                                           Fourche, was sent to Iraq to fight in the war.

                                           For over two months now she has not received any support for her son from
                                           Josh Diede. Because of this fact she has been unable to pay all of her electric
                                           bill.

                                           Tom Barry of Black Hills Power and Light told her and me that they are a
                                           business, and they cannot give her any consideration in paying her bill, even if
                                           she has not received any support from Josh D. pursuant the United States
                                           government.

                                           The amount owed for her son's support is now over $700.00 which would of
                                           easily paid the $400.00 and some light bill.

                                           It is not her fault that the United States government has not paid the money
                                           for Josh D.'s support for his son. But she is being punished by Tom B. of Black
                                           Hills Power and Light. Tom Barry is going to shut off the electricity on May 6th
                                           unless she pays over $200.00 that she does not have.

                                           My daughter and 3 children live in an all electric apartment, if they are shut
                                           off they have no way to survive. Also the apartment owners will evict her and
                                           her 3 children.

                                           My daughter was not late paying her electric bill until the support from Josh D.
                                           stopped. Tom B. will lie to you about that, as he did to my daughter, his
                                           records are not correct. Tom B. even told my daughter she only had service
                                           with them from September of 2002 when it was July of 2002.

                                           In the last 3 weeks my daughter paid them over $200.00 which caused her
                                           and the children to go without even toilet paper. But Tom B. lied to my
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                                     daughter and told her she did not pay on the bill for 3 months!

                                     It is not right that men are sent to war and their children are not taken care of
                                     by our government. It is not right that Tom B. of Black Hills Power and Light
                                     will not help support our troops that are fighting for his freedom. Helping the
                                     children left behind by our troops is helping the troops.

                                     I would hope that you will right this wrong and make sure that my daughter's
                                     electricity is not shut off. And I hope you can force Tom Barry to wait for the
                                     money, NOT pay her bill, she will pay the bill when the government pays the
                                     support to her!

                                     I have helped my daughter and grandchildren all I can, as I live on my Social
                                     Security disability, which is not much. I gave her over $200.00 this month. If
                                     you need more detail and you have the time call me at [redacted].

                                     Thank you very much,

                                     Robert A.


A-3217   panchen lama   2003.04.25   Sen. Thomas Daschle
                                     United States Senate
                                     509 Hart Senate Office Building
                                     Washington, D.C. 20510-4103

                                     Dear Sen. Daschle:

                                     In May 1995, Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, the six year-old boy identified by the
                                     Dalai Lama as the 11th Panchen Lama, disappeared. In 1996, the Chinese
                                     government admitted to holding the boy and his family in "protective
                                     custody."

                                     Then, defying the Dalai Lama's selection, the Chinese Government picked
                                     their own Panchen Lama, a young boy who is also now a victim of China's
                                     political agenda.

                                     After repeated attempts to locate and visit the Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, not
                                     one international agency or human rights organization has been allowed to
                                     meet with him or his family, and their conditions and location remain
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                                        uncertain.

                                        April 25, 2003, marks the 14th birthday of Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, the 11th
                                        Panchen Lama. He has spent more than half of his young life in custody. As
                                        your constituent, I urge you to help free Gedhun Choekyi Nyima by taking
                                        every opportunity to press for his release or information on his whereabouts in
                                        all of your meetings with Chinese officials.

                                        This is an issue I care deeply about so please do whatever you can to press
                                        for the freedom of the Panchem Lama until he is released by the Chinese
                                        government.

                                        Sincerely,

                                        Betty A. B., SD


A-5957   Judicial Issues   2003.04.25   Dear Senator,

                                        It is time for Miguel Estrada to get his vote on the senate floor. Actually his
                                        time is way past due. I urge you as the leader of the Democratic Party to
                                        make this vote happen. I also urge you to vote for his confirmation once he
                                        does get a vote.

                                        Mr. Estrada has a record that is unrefutable. As you well know Mr. Estrada
                                        graduated from Columbia College and Havard Law School, both with honors.
                                        Mr. Estrada has tried succesfully more than a dozen cases in front of the
                                        Supreme Court. Finally Mr. Estrada has the highest rating possible from the
                                        American Bar Association.

                                        If this is not enough to convince you to vote for Mr. Estrada. He is living the
                                        American dream. Mr. Estrada is an immigrant, and also has a disability.
                                        Instead of living of the government, Mr Estrada has pulled himself up by his
                                        bootstraps and has become a prominent member of society. Millions of other
                                        "Americans" should follow this example.

                                        I know that your is not with is qualifications, but with his unanswered
                                        questions. These questions are about his personal views. Let me remind you
                                        that Mr. Estrada has also stated he will uphold the law despite is personal
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                                        views.

                                        Thank you for your time Senator Daschle. I eagerly wait your response.

                                        Jason W.


A-5958   Judicial Issues   2003.04.25   NO on Sutton!


A-5959   Judicial Issues   2003.04.25   Dear Tom and staff:




                                        My I'm a city council represenative for the city of Belle Fourche, and as a city
                                        represenative I feel it is imparitive that I bring this issue to your attention that
                                        was passed on to be from the family involved. A couple of weeks the 842nd
                                        National Guard unit from Belle Fourche, Sturgis, and Spearfish were called to
                                        duty to serve our country, among that division as most, included women and
                                        some of them single mothers. We support our troops regardless of our
                                        personal feelings onf the US involvement. The normal process for single
                                        parents prior to leaving for duty is to make sure that their childern are cared
                                        for during their absense. GeorgeAnn J. from Belle Fourche did just that. She
                                        followed the instructions from the Army with the paper work provided and
                                        made her parents, the grandparents of her son legal guardians during her
                                        time away while SERVING OUR COUNTRY. A few days following the 842nd
                                        activation, the grandparents were served papers from the fathers atty.
                                        showing a court date for them to appear because the father was going to fight
                                        for custody of his son. The grandparents appeared feeling all paperwork was
                                        filed and in order and nothing was to fear. Judge Warren Johnson, stated to
                                        the grandparents that the paperwork filed with or by the Army was useless,
                                        and the family told me he threw them in the garbage. The Jag officer was
                                        present and advised the family that this had never happened to him before.
                                        Ultimately the father was granted full custody, and when the mother returns
                                        from SERVING HER COUNTRY she will have to now fight for custody to get her
                                        son back. My question to you is how in the hell can a person whom had to
                                        leave her child to serve her country lose custody to her child? If this was
                                        something that the father wanted to pursue then why now, why not a year
                                        ago? Can you imagine the state of mind this mother must be in and what she
                                        is going through after being told by her parents that her child was taken from
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                                    them.! The grandparents of this child are a well respected members of our
                                    community and I feel it our duty to help this family. These people are out
                                    there risking there lives for our country for god sakes, and this can just
                                    happen. I can understand if a child was in harm, or a child was abandon by a
                                    parent that the other parent has the right to seek custody, but not when a
                                    person had to leave her child behind with his grandparents to serve her
                                    country. I expect something to be done! I will also pass this on to the media
                                    if need and not just at the state level. I truly believe we need to help this
                                    family. I feel very strongly about this for many reasons, but main

                                    lt because I was a single parent for 12years, I was just married last May. Not
                                    only did I raise my 3 childern alone, with no child support, but I also returned
                                    to school, and obtained my nursing degree. I have worked VERY HARD to
                                    prove myself. A year ago I was encouraged by others to seek the council
                                    position in Ward to for Belle Fourche, I did so and won, the first single woman
                                    in ! BF to serve on city council. I'm proud of myself, but I also remember how
                                    hard it was to get to the point where people respected me, because our
                                    society see's single mothers as someone living of the goverment. And yes,
                                    that still remains true for many, but I wasn't going to let that stop my goals in
                                    life. Now here's a single mother defending our country and she loses her son
                                    in the process, PLEASE where is justice for her? How can she fight this battle
                                    while fighting for us? Please help this mother, show the public that this is
                                    NOT justice! GeorgeAnn's parents are: Mr. and Mrs. Wendal J.

                                    Please contact this family and myself ASAP. I will wait for a response. I also
                                    feel that the media should be involved so that this is not allowed to happen to
                                    others.

                                    Thank you for your time and I will await your support!

                                    Linda E.


A-5983   Education     2003.04.25   April 9, 2003

                                    Dear Senator Johnson:

                                    I'm a student from Holy Trinity Interparochial School in Westfield, NJ. In
                                    English class we have a project in which we have to mail letters and get
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                                          information on the states.

                                          Could you please send me information on your state and maybe an
                                          autographed picture? If it is possible please send it to my home address,
                                          which is above or to my email address, which is [redacted].

                                          I appreciate all the work you do for our country. Thank you for your time and
                                          thank you in advance for the picture or information that you will send.

                                          Respectfully,

                                          Andrew R., NJ


A-5684   Cancer A Priority   2003.04.25   Sen. Thomas Daschle
                                          United States Senate
                                          509 Hart Senate Office Building
                                          Washington, D.C. 20510-4103

                                          Sen. Daschle:

                                          I am writing to urge you to make cancer a priority during this fiscal year.

                                          Congress has shown exemplary leadership in mounting an aggressive war on
                                          cancer, as demonstrated by the significant investment in the National
                                          Institutes of Health (NIH) budget over the past five years. Your continued
                                          support and leadership is critical in order to eradicate this disease.

                                          Despite scientific advances, cancer remains one of the nation’s most urgent
                                          health care concerns. This year, more than 1.3 million Americans will be
                                          diagnosed with cancer and more than 556,500 will die from the disease.
                                          Therefore, I encourage you to devote the resources needed to benefit those
                                          on the front lines battling cancer the researchers and health professionals
                                          striving every day to defeat cancer, the person without access to adequate
                                          cancer screening or care, and the family with a loved-one who has been newly
                                          diagnosed with the disease. Research holds the key to improved prevention,
                                          early detection, diagnosis and treatment, and subsequent follow up care. To
                                          complement our nation’s ongoing investment in research at the National
                                          Institutes of Health, increased funding also is needed to enhance vital cancer
                                          prevention, awareness, and early detection programs at the Centers for
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                                           Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to ensure that these advancements in
                                           research benefit all Americans.

                                           Congress must significantly increase federal funding for programs that benefit
                                           cancer patients and families. Specifically, in Fiscal Year 2004, Congress
                                           should provide:$29.6 billion overall for the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
                                           $5.9 billion for the National Cancer Institute (NCI)$200 million for the National
                                           Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCMHD) $364 million
                                           overall for seven specific program areas at the Centers for Disease Control
                                           and Prevention (CDC).

                                           These programs have proven particularly effective in providing education,
                                           prevention and screening to populations that otherwise may not have access
                                           to cancer detection and treatment:$20 million for National Comprehensive
                                           Cancer Control Program$60 million for National Program of Cancer
                                           Registries$25 million for Colorectal Cancer Control Initiative$20 million for
                                           Prostate Cancer Control Initiative$220 million for National Breast and Cervical
                                           Cancer Early Detection Program $9 million for Ovarian Cancer Initiative $10
                                           million for Skin Cancer Primary Prevention and Education Initiatives

                                           I realize the difficult decisions you face due to the challenging fiscal climate
                                           and constraints placed on the budget resulting from the war overseas and
                                           homeland security needs. But the battle against cancer is ongoing with more
                                           than 1,500 Americans dying from cancer every day.

                                           Thank you for your consideration.

                                           Sincerely,

                                           Laurie J.-W., SD


B-1977   Pass the Full Bush   2003.04.25   Sen. Thomas Daschle
         Tax Cut Now                       United States Senate
                                           509 Hart Senate Office Building
                                           Washington, D.C. 20510-4103

                                           Dear Sen. Daschle:

                                           A handful of obstructionist senators are the ones trying to prevent the double
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                                       taxation of dividends from being repealed in tax cut legislation this year.

                                       Ending this burdensome double tax will raise the standard of living for seniors,
                                       allow younger workers to save more for their future, and help secure all
                                       Americans' retirement now and into the future. It's vital that a full and
                                       immediate repeal of the double taxation of dividends be included as part of a
                                       tax cut this year.

                                       I join with RetireSafe.org and their thousands of grassroots online activists in
                                       urging you to fully fund the President's tax cut.

                                       Sincerely,

                                       Benton B., SD


B-1926   Put Iraq         2003.04.25   Sen. Thomas Daschle
         Reconstruction                United States Senate
         Under Civilian                509 Hart Senate Office Building
         Control                       Washington, D.C. 20510-4103

                                       Dear Sen. Daschle:

                                       I am disturbed by the fact that the White House is planning to put control of
                                       the humanitarian aid and reconstruction effort in Iraq under military rather
                                       than civilian control, and that the administration does not intend to give the
                                       United Nations a role in this process.

                                       The reasons why the humanitarian aid and reconstruction effort should be
                                       coordinated by the U.N., and U.S. efforts should be administered by civilian
                                       agencies are many:

                                       - The U.N. and the State Department's Agency for International Development
                                       are better able to distribute aid. Both agencies have long track records of
                                       rebuilding and distributing aid in war- torn countries; the Pentagon does not.
                                       Military forces must be prepared to provide aid if Iraq is too insecure for
                                       civilian groups to operate safely, but as soon as conditions allow, this role
                                       should be handed over to civil agencies and non-governmental organizations.

                                       - If aid workers are associated with the U.S. military, their safety will be
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                                          diminished as they will be seen as legitimate targets for reprisals against the
                                          U.S.

                                          - The administration of post-war Iraq will be the defining issue in U.S.-Arab
                                          relations for decades to come. If the U.S. is seen as an occupying power in a
                                          Muslim country, it will poison U.S.-Arab relations and inspire new acts of
                                          terrorism against us.

                                          - If the humanitarian aid and reconstruction effort is not U.N. sanctioned,
                                          many countries and non-governmental organizations will be legally barred
                                          from participating in it. This will not only force the U.S. to shoulder more of
                                          the financial burden of this effort, but will also prevent us from using the
                                          effort as a means to close the rift between the U.S. and nations that opposed
                                          the war.

                                          I urge you to oppose any efforts to keep the U.N. out of Iraq or to put control
                                          of the U.S. humanitarian aid and reconstruction efforts in the hands of the
                                          Pentagon.

                                          Specifically, I urge you to add amendments to any Iraq-related spending
                                          requests that require civilian administration of the U.S. humanitarian aid and
                                          reconstruction efforts and U.N. coordination of these efforts.

                                          Sincerely,

                                          Fred H. A., SD


B-1925   Stop the Huge Tax   2003.04.25   Sen. Thomas Daschle
         Cut                              United States Senate
                                          509 Hart Senate Office Building
                                          Washington, D.C. 20510-4103

                                          Dear Senator:

                                          As a person of faith, I pray that, in these very uncertain times, the
                                          government not lose sight of its role and responsibility to care for those in
                                          need. As you deliberate on budget allocations for FY 2004 and beyond, I ask
                                          you to consider the impact a huge tax cut could have on working families
                                          throughout the United States. In addition, I urge you not to cut back on
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                                     programs that assist people living in poverty.

                                     I have grave reservations about the ramifications President Bush's $726 billion
                                     tax cut plan could have on people living in poverty. I am distressed that the
                                     President chose now as the time to bring forward his tax cut plan. In addition
                                     to being inequitable, far too costly, and a burden on the national debt, it is
                                     unwise to call for reducing the federal tax base at a time when states are
                                     faced with alarming fiscal crises and millions of people - parents and children,
                                     the elderly, the unemployed, people with disabilities, and the working poor -
                                     are struggling to meet their most basic needs. I am alarmed that the focus of
                                     attention expressed in the President's proposal is not on meeting their needs;
                                     rather, it is on tax cuts that will mostly benefit the affluent.

                                     As a Presbyterian, I believe that government is intended to serve God's
                                     purposes by promoting the common good. Paying taxes to enable government
                                     to provide for the needs of society is an appropriate expression of our
                                     stewardship. We believe the United States of America should have a
                                     responsible tax policy for all people, particularly the most vulnerable.

                                     A huge tax cut would require further spending cuts for non-defense, non-
                                     homeland security programs, including public education, health care,
                                     economic development, housing, and nutrition for the next decade and
                                     beyond. In addition, this tax cut could threaten the future viability of
                                     entitlement programs, including Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. I
                                     oppose the President's tax cut proposal. It is too inequitable, too large, is
                                     unlikely to stimulate the economy, and threatens the future economic well-
                                     being of our nation. I urge you to oppose the President's tax cut proposal and
                                     to ensure that the FY 2004 budget adequately responds to the needs of people
                                     living in poverty.

                                     Sincerely,

                                     Fred H. A., SD


A-277   Rick is Right   2003.04.26   Sen. Thomas Daschle
                                     United States Senate
                                     509 Hart Senate Office Building
                                     Washington, D.C. 20510-4103
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                                           Sen. Daschle:

                                           Dear Elected Officials for the state of SD and President Bush, Rick Santorum
                                           recently made statements about the homosexual life style that has caused
                                           many to call for him to "pay" by losing a position of leadership. Once again an
                                           honorable man is supposed to pay because he is brave enough to speak out
                                           against a life style which is destructive to those who pursue it and anyone
                                           unfortunate enough to be a part of it. My beliefs are based on what the Bible
                                           teaches about it and God says homosexual pursuits are "an abomination unto
                                           God". Please support Sen. Santorum's right to express his views without being
                                           punished.

                                           Sincerely,

                                           Margaret L.


A-1557   Government Affairs   2003.04.26   There should be a government and civil watch group setup to make sure Bush
                                           nor any of his oil buddies make one penny from Iraq oil.

                                           Bush claims oil was not a motivation for his decision in attacking Iraq, so he
                                           should be held to it.

                                           A person that murders others under the color of war cannot be trusted!

                                           Bush right out lied to the American people and continues to lie. Iraq was no
                                           threat to us, and Iraq has no weapons of mass destruction.

                                           Hey have you ever noticed how some like Fox News plays dramatic
                                           background music while Bush is stating some stupid statement. Tom they
                                           never play background music for you even when your statements are
                                           intelligent?

                                           As long as the Democratic Party goes along with Bush's lies about Iraq they
                                           have no chance on unseating Bush! They have to show the people of the
                                           United States just how dishonest Bush really is. They need to expose how
                                           Bush has trashed our constitution, laws, God given rights, civil rights, morals,
                                           ideals and economy. That would NOT be hard to do!
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                                             Robert A.


A-5975   Defense and Military   2003.04.26   I contacted your office in February on an issue with my son's job not being
                                             held open while he was recalled to active duty. Your office said they would
                                             investigate and contact me. I'm still waiting for the contact. But that is not
                                             the issue I wish to discuss.

                                             My son was discharged from Army Guard. He was recalled to service. Now
                                             that the war is over, I do not understand why they still plan on sending him to
                                             Kuwait. Others guardsmen are being sent home. Why is my son, who is
                                             doing involuntary service still being sent. He is in communications. I also do
                                             not understand why he was not allowed to see his family while in training, but
                                             his Commander has been going home to Iowa to his family every weekend.

                                             We were finally allowed to see him Easter Sunday from 7am-10pm. But were
                                             not notified of that fact until Fri nite. I was amazed of our lack of homeland
                                             security. He is stationed at Ft. Riley Kansas. We were allowed to enter and
                                             go anywhere on base without being questioned or stopped for ID. I could
                                             have had a car full of explosives and no one seemed to care.

                                             Ginny A.


A-5976   Please Support Sen.    2003.04.26   Sen. Thomas Daschle
         Santorum                            United States Senate
                                             509 Hart Senate Office Building
                                             Washington, D.C. 20510-4103

                                             Sen. Daschle:

                                             Dear Sen. Daschle, I'm 18 yrs old and as a Christian I think it is my God given
                                             responsibility to vote and support those who truly stand for their moral beliefs.
                                             I was listining to a news broadcast that had a clip of Sen. Santorum standing
                                             up for what he believes is right against a Senator that I believe was defending
                                             shameful acts. I understand he is coming under fire for his statements against
                                             sodomy and abortion, because he exercised his free speach. I am realizing
                                             that you can only exercise free speach in this country only if you are
                                             exercising politicallly correct free speach. Please give your support to Sen.
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                                    Santorum and you will definitely have my vote in your next election.

                                    Sincerely,

                                    Matthew L S., SD


A-5977   Case Work     2003.04.26   Dear Honorable Senate Majority Leader, Mr. Tom Daschle,

                                    I wish to congratulate you on your career to date and I thank you for your
                                    service to the public and the great country in which we live. My 'best wishes'
                                    to you & yours always!

                                    I write as an autograph collector. My kid brother recently sent for & received
                                    your autograph. He was thrilled to obtain your signature! So..I write, I ask if
                                    you would please honor my request for an authentic, personalized,
                                    autographed, photograph of yourself? To: Dave, I would keepsake, display, &
                                    also be honored to add your signature to my collection! I Thank you.

                                    Sincerely,

                                    David A., New Jersey


A-5978   Budget        2003.04.26   In 1961, when America faced a communist blockade of West Berlin and Soviet
                                    missiles in Cuba, President John F. Kennedy cut taxes, understanding that a
                                    growing economy at home was needed to meet challenges around the world.
                                    Ronald Reagan cut taxes during the 1980s, growing our economy and bringing
                                    down the Berlin wall. Today we face national security, homeland security and
                                    economic security challenges. Bipartisan tax relief to grow the economy is
                                    important to all three goals. The President believes, rightly, that
                                    entrepreneurs create the jobs and the wealth in this country, not Washington.
                                    President Bush's $726 billion economic growth package will help small
                                    businesses make investments critical to job creation, allow families and
                                    seniors to keep more of their own money and improve the overall health of
                                    our economy. If President Bush's $726 billion tax plan (smaller by comparison
                                    to both Kennedy and Reagan's) is passed in full, it will create 510,000 new
                                    jobs by the end of this year, and 1.4 million by the end of next year. The
                                    President understands that small businesses represent more than 99 percent
                                    of all employers nationwide and create more than two out of three new jobs.
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                                    Providing incentives for small businesses to grow including reductions in their
                                    tax burden and the elimination of the double taxation of dividends would
                                    enable small businesses to flourish and create more jobs. Ending the unfair
                                    double taxation on dividends is the real stimulus our economy needs now. It
                                    is important for America's seniors, who receive half of all the dividend income
                                    and depend on it for their retirement. It directly affects more than 50% of
                                    American households who own stock. And all Americans would feel the impact
                                    of the 10 to 15 percent rise in the stock market that would result, just in the
                                    short term, according to investment expert Charles Schwab. But tax relief
                                    detractors still question the logic and benefits of the President's plan. Senator
                                    Hillary Clinton, for one, asked, ''Why the heck are they cutting taxes?'' and
                                    proclaimed, to her dismay, that this is the ''first president in history who's
                                    preparing to go to war and cut taxes at the same time.'' History proves her
                                    and others who make the argument wrong. In fact, both President's Kennedy
                                    and Reagan understood the essential need to address our economic security
                                    while at the same time addressing America's national security. Like President
                                    Bush, tax relief for all Americans was central to both their plans. America is
                                    confronted by domestic and international challenges. President Bush is taking
                                    action on both fronts, and like Presidents Kennedy and Reagan he
                                    understands we cannot neglect our economy because we face other
                                    challenges. President Bush understands we must get our economy moving
                                    again because we face these many threats, and because American jobs are at
                                    stake. We stand with President Bush and urge you to do the same.

                                    Ken B., SD


A-5979   Tax           2003.04.26   With Bush's idea of a tax cut the more you cut the more the economy will
                                    grow. Well then cut all taxes.... hahahahahahahaha.

                                    You see how funny his tax cut idea is.

                                    Bush is full of Texas bull crap!

                                    Robert A., SD


A-5980   Agriculture   2003.04.26   Upping Polution Controls in the Country.

                                    There is not a correct scientific logic to the planned increased polution controls
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                                        for diesels. The attack is shifting from cities to the country including farm
                                        equipment and trucks

                                        The supposed logic is global warming. The vast majority of scientists do not
                                        assume human activity creates global warming. Journalists and political hacks
                                        promote that line.

                                        Only three percent of carbon dioxide production results from human activity.
                                        That is not significant.

                                        The oceans regulate the available CO2 in the air. Warmer oceans are releasing
                                        more CO2, which has nothing to do with human causes.

                                        Water vapor produces about 100 times as much global warming as CO2,
                                        which swamps the effect of CO2.


A-5982   Foreign Affairs   2003.04.26   I am a high school sophomore in Sioux Falls and recently I felt compelled to
                                        write and tell you how much it means to me to see you openly stand up to
                                        and criticize President Bush. With the patriotic fever spreading through our
                                        country, I find it a difficult time to be a Democrat, particularly in the Mid-
                                        West. Everyday I become frustrated with the uninformed, almost brainwashed
                                        students at our school, ready to unquestioningly devote themself to anything
                                        and everything Bush does.

                                        They think THAT is patriotic. I have the highest respect for you for speaking
                                        out against the war in Iraq. I can only imagine your frustration at the criticism
                                        you have received because of this. I intend to enter politics and you are my
                                        ultimate role model. I wanted to show you that there are rational people in
                                        South Dakota, and we support you. I have grown up with a Republican Dad
                                        and a Democratic mother, and I have made my decision. I look forward to
                                        volunteering to work on your campagin in the future.


B-595    Case Work         2003.04.26   Mr.Daschle,

                                        I wrote some years ago about grand parents rights. Well, to up date you, my
                                        son has been deployed, he is in Guards and is in Colorado, he also has
                                        custody of both girls, we have had Unlimited Power of Attoney all these years.
                                        My husband and I have had his 2 girls since they were infants. The 6 year old
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                                    Tia's mother, who beat her older 2 children badly and lost all rights to them,
                                    had moternal rights to Tia, has now sued my son for custody of Tia until our
                                    son returns from being deployed. She and her now husband has moved to
                                    Kentucky, one week before she left is when she filed the suit, (my son had
                                    been in Colorado 2 weeks). Her now husband has left his own 2 kids here in
                                    SD, and he wants Tia! Now, we all have to go to court because of some idiot
                                    judge who thinks Tia's mother should have custody rights to have her. Tia's
                                    mother did receive weekly visits and had Tia overnight, 2 week ends a month.
                                    Tia was allowed to go with her mother on vacation (not ! out of this state
                                    though).

                                    This woman owes us years of child support, she used Tia against my son and
                                    us, the control thing, Tia might be leaving the only home she has had, My
                                    husband and I are Moma and Papa to her, why is this being allowed to
                                    happen? We will hold that judge and this state accountable if Tia's mother is
                                    awarded full or partial custody, and anything what-so-ever that happens to
                                    Tia. We are actually afraid for Tia's life, just ask her other sister and brother,
                                    the 2 that were beaten. We also love Tia alot. We are not the perfect family,
                                    no family is, we argue, fuss, and yell alot, both girls fight alot, they are
                                    sisters, but we all love each other dearly and we stand by each other in time
                                    of need. I can not see these girls anywhere else but here with us, where we
                                    can watch them grow up, stand up for themselves, and become individual
                                    adults. We see these 2 girls as our own children, not as grand children. Maybe
                                    the law will be changed to protect grand parents ! rights someday, maybe
                                    children won't die because of idiot judges and lawyers who do not use
                                    common sense. I am finished, I wish you could help, but you can't. I just
                                    wanted you to know what happens to people like us, when the law is on the
                                    mother's side, not the child's side.

                                    Many Thanks,

                                    Mrs. Robin R. H.


B-2337   tax cuts      2003.04.26   Sen. Thomas Daschle
                                    United States Senate
                                    509 Hart Senate Office Building
                                    Washington, D.C. 20510-4103

                                    Sen. Daschle:
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                                    I urge you to push for no tax cuts at all, not one dime in federal tax cuts
                                    should be given if the nation is in deficit.

                                    Sincerely,

                                    Conrad K., SD


D-49   Filibustering   2003.04.26   Sen. Thomas Daschle
                                    United States Senate
                                    509 Hart Senate Office Building
                                    Washington, D.C. 20510-4103

                                    Sen. Daschle:

                                    Please end the filibusters against Miguel Estrada and Priscilla Owen.

                                    Sincerely,

                                    Betty and J. Lyle R., SD


D-50   Human Embryo    2003.04.26   Sen. Thomas Daschle
       Research                     United States Senate
                                    509 Hart Senate Office Building
                                    Washington, D.C. 20510-4103

                                    Sen. Daschle:

                                    Stem cells have been discovered by Dr. Songtao Shi in baby teeth which could
                                    be saved and used to cure illnesses in the future. This method would be much
                                    better for research than using human embryos. Please refrain from any
                                    attempts to weaken President Bush's federal restrictions on the use of human
                                    embryos for researech purposes. Thank you very much for your
                                    consideration.

                                    Sincerely,

                                    Betty and J. Lyle R., SD
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A-141    Business and           2003.04.27   Senator Daschle,
         Economic
         Development                         I read with interest about Senator Dorgan's bill S.602 in the Rapid City Journal
                                             today, April 27. Do you support his proposed legislation? Would you consider
                                             co-sponsoring the bill?


A-5922   Defense and Military   2003.04.27   RE:   RUMSFELF WANTS A SMALLER MILITARY.

                                             HOW IS THIS TO BE ACCOMPLISHED ? LETS SEE 3 MORE OF OUR MEN
                                             KILLED TODAY I THINK WHATS HAPPENING IN IRAQ MUST BE PART OF THE
                                             RUMSFELD/BUSH PLAN OF DOWN SIZING . STILL NO WORD ON MY SON
                                             FROM THE 3RD ID IN IRAQ ,I HOPE HE DONT END UP AS PART OF THIS
                                             INSANE RUMSFELD PLANE.

                                             BRILLIANT WAR PLAN ACCORDING TO PRESS.

                                             WHO IN THE HELL STARTS A GAME WITHOUT THERE BEST PLAYERS ON THE
                                             FIELD AS IN 4TH ID. BUSH AND RUMSFELD GOTTA GO .

                                             THE STORY OF THE CENTURY ELECTION THEFT BURIED.

                                             THANK YOU GUYS FOR CALLING ME ABOUT MY ONLY SON TROY STILL NO
                                             WORD FROM HIM BUT YOUR CALL HAS GREATLY EASED MY MIND ,HOWEVER
                                             I SEE NOTHING BUT DEATH AND WOUNDING OF OUR TROOPS IN IRAQ.

                                             THERE WILL NOT BE A WINNER IN THIS WAR THE NEXT REGIEM IN IRAQ
                                             WILL BE WORSE THAN THE LAST.

                                             THE ONLY BRIGHT SPOT IS THE NEXT REGIEM CHANGE IN WASHINGTON
                                             WILL BRING US AMERICANS SOME RELIEF THANK YOU EDWARD L K


A-5971   Case Work              2003.04.27   Greetings:

                                             I am E-mailing you in reguards to Senator Rick Senturim. I feel he is a strong
                                             supporter of family values which is what this nation is based on and that
                                             needs to continue if our nation is to survive. Our country has just gone
                                             thought a military action that we were very successful at. some would say it
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                                             is because of our strong military. That is false. It is because of a loveing God
                                             who protected us and gave us a swift victory. How long will he bless us? God
                                             has writed in 1ST Corinthians 6:9 "Do you not know that the wicked will not
                                             inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be decieved: Nether the sexually imoral
                                             nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders
                                             nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will
                                             inherit the kindom of God." Mr. Senturim is trying to presurve family values.

                                             If our country continues in the immoral direction it is going how long will God
                                             bless this great United States? "Be not decieved, God is not mocked."


A-5973   Defense and Military   2003.04.27   My husband is a physician deployed with South Dakota Army National Guard
                                             Unit Company B 109th ASMB, currently stationed in Kuwait. Mail the service
                                             members send home is finally starting to get through, with 2 1/2 weeks being
                                             the average travel time for a letter. My main concern is that, as of this
                                             morning, no one in the unit has received mail from home. The address that we
                                             are to send mail to keeps changing, and has in fact changed at least 5 times
                                             since they've been in Kuwait (they were deployed overseas 4/6/03). This is
                                             unacceptable, and I need your help in finding a way to support my husband
                                             and the other service members defending our country. Our service members
                                             need to know that we appreciate all the work they're doing, both on behalf of
                                             the Iraqi people and we Americans. My mother was a young woman during
                                             the Vietnam War. She has told me that mail often took 3-4 days to travel from
                                             Vietnam to rural Nebraska, up to a week at the most. I find it hard to believe
                                             that we are unable to get a solid address and get our service members mail
                                             when we have so many more technological advances than were available
                                             during the Vietnam Era. Email and phone calls are available, but they have to
                                             wait 2-4 hours in line for either, and with daily duties it's not certain the
                                             service members can find time for that.Our service members need our
                                             support, and I need your help in finding out how we can give that. Please do
                                             whatever you can to help us support our troops.

                                             Thank you, and God Bless you.

                                             Sincerely,

                                             Betsy M.
                                             Volunteer, Co B 109th ASMB Family Support Group
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A-5974   Government Affairs   2003.04.27   I am writing to ask the Senator to support bill S.659. The information I
                                           currently have states that Senator Dachle currently does not support the bill.
                                           As an avid gun enthusist and resident of the State of South Dakota I ask that
                                           the Senator support this bill which is designed to prevent frivolous lawsuits on
                                           the firearms industry. I also ask that Senator Dachle use his influence as
                                           Senate Minority Leader to help protect this bill from being filibustered by anti-
                                           gun lawmakers such as Senator Schumer of New York.

                                           Thank you for your time in this matter,

                                           William R. S.


B-150    VA Mandatory         2003.04.27   Sen. Daschle:
         Funding:
                                           I am writing to request your support of legislation for guaranteed health care
                                           funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care system. In
                                           January 2003, Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD) introduced S. 50.

                                           This bill would shift VA medical care from a discretionary to a guaranteed
                                           funding program and help to ensure that all veterans eligible for care in the
                                           VA health care system have access to timely, quality health care. A
                                           leadership bill (S. 19), introduced by Senator Tom Daschle (D-SD), also
                                           recognized the need for guaranteed funding for VA health care.

                                           Currently, the law requires that the VA Secretary "shall" furnish hospital care
                                           and medical services, but only to the extent Congress has provided money to
                                           cover the costs of the care. Due to perennially inadequate health care
                                           budgets, the VA health care system can no longer meet the needs of our
                                           nation's service-connected disabled veterans. Continued funding shortfalls for
                                           veterans' health care, combined with rising costs for care and increased
                                           demand for services, has resulted in unprecedented waiting times for routine
                                           and specialized medical services nationwide.

                                           I am especially concerned about how this has hampered timely access to
                                           quality health care for our nation&#8217;s service-connected veterans,
                                           including those most severely disabled. This situation has reached a critical
                                           point with no sign of abatement. This is no way to honor America's obligation
                                           to the brave men and women who have so honorably served our nation. Year
                                           after year, veterans fight for sufficient funding for VA health care and a
                                           budget that is reflective of the rising cost of health care and increased demand
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                                           for medical services.

                                           Despite these continued efforts, the cumulative effects of insufficient health
                                           care funding have now resulted in the rationing of medical care. This situation
                                           is unacceptable. As a concerned citizen, and beneficiary of the service and
                                           sacrifice of veterans, I want our government to fully honor its moral obligation
                                           to provide timely and adequate health care services to wartime service-
                                           connected disabled veterans. The discretionary appropriations process
                                           unfairly subjects disabled veterans to the annual funding competition for
                                           limited discretionary resources. Providing quality, timely health care services
                                           for veterans disabled as a result of military service should be a top priority. In
                                           a time when more veterans are turning to VA for care, it is unconscionable
                                           that VA must reduce services, close enrollment and ration care due to
                                           insufficient funding. S. 50 and S. 19 will end rationing of health care for sick
                                           and disabled veterans that currently exists because of the discretionary
                                           funding process.

                                           This bill would make guarantee an adequate level of funding for VA health
                                           care. It would also eliminate the year-to-year uncertainty about funding
                                           levels that has prevented VA from being able to adequately plan for and meet
                                           the growing needs of veterans seeking treatment. Guaranteed funding would
                                           not create an individual entitlement to health care, nor would it change the
                                           VA's current mission. I hope you will join in this effort by supporting S. 50
                                           and S.19, legislation to shift VA health care funding to a guaranteed program.
                                           I appreciate your prompt consideration of my request. Please respond in
                                           writing with your views on this important issue.

                                           Sincerely,

                                           Delbert James F., SD


B-149   Concurrent Receipt:   2003.04.27   Sen. Daschle:

                                           As a voter and your constituent, I am writing to urge you to support S. 392.
                                           This legislation would permit retired members of the Armed Forces who have
                                           service-connected disabilities to receive disability compensation from the
                                           Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) concurrently with retired pay, without
                                           deduction from either.

                                           Current law requires that a service member's longevity retirement pay be
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                                   reduced dollar-for-dollar by the amount of veterans' disability compensation
                                   the retiree receives. To deny veterans the retired pay they earned and were
                                   promised merely because they receive compensation for service-connected
                                   disabilities is a shameful injustice against those who made protection of our
                                   liberty their career and sacrificed their health for our Nation's defense. As an
                                   honorable Nation, we must keep our promise of retired pay to veterans who
                                   earned it; we must also compensate them for the disabilities they incurred in
                                   service to their country. The belief by some members of Congress that
                                   payment of both benefits concurrently represents "dual compensation" is
                                   erroneous. Eligibility for both benefits is earned under two entirely separate
                                   sets of enabling laws and regulations.

                                   It's time to change the law to eliminate the prohibition on concurrent receipt
                                   of military longevity retired pay and veterans' disability compensation.
                                   However, those in opposition to this legislation argue that its passage would
                                   pose a significant cost to the government. In response, I simply say that we
                                   must honor our commitment to those who relinquished personal liberties for a
                                   military career and endured the rigorous conditions of military service to
                                   secure our freedoms and protect our national interests.

                                   The current 100 percent offset imposes a very discriminatory penalty,
                                   especially for those whose disability severely limits their post-service earning
                                   potential. I sincerely hope that you recognize the inequity of this prohibition
                                   of concurrent receipt of these earned benefits and take steps to eliminate the
                                   required offset. I urge you to support S. 392 and would like to know your
                                   position on this issue.

                                   Thank you for taking the time to consider my views. I look forward to your
                                   response.

                                   Sincerely,

                                   Delbert James F., SD


B2129   Agriculture   2003.04.27   Dear Senator,

                                   I would like to know the status of you bill to cut farm payment limits? I am a
                                   large farmer who has already exceeded the limit. I understand some of your
                                   reasoning for such a change. But you passed a farm bill last year that I used
                                   as a basis to make my business decisions for the next 5 years, such as rental
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                                     agreements and purchases of eqipment. The increase in land values and rents
                                     were due to the anticipation of the farm program, low interest rates, and Wall
                                     Street investors. The farm program benefits in 2002 were less than 2001, and
                                     are probably leading farmers into difficult times with drought possible. I think
                                     it rather unfair to change program before we are done signing up for it. I am
                                     in favor of elimination of all farm programs, except for crop insurance. I guess
                                     I am asking for your honest opinion if bill will be passed. It greatly effects how
                                     I market my products.

                                     Sincerely,

                                     Greg O.


A-1031   Civil Rights   2003.04.28   Sen. Thomas Daschle
                                     509 Hart Senate Office Building
                                     Washington, DC 20510-4103

                                     Dear Senator Daschle,

                                     I am concerned about the impacts of U.S. corporations operating abroad on
                                     human rights, the environment and labor rights standards. At this time of
                                     heightened concerns about international issues, U.S. corporations are informal
                                     ambassadors of American values around the world. Their operations abroad
                                     should reflect our democratic ideals and values. Unfortunately, American
                                     companies have been too often implicated in human rights abuses,
                                     environmental destruction and labor rights violations. When U.S. corporations
                                     operate here at home, they have to disclose basic information about their
                                     operations. These disclosures promote responsible business practices that
                                     help protect workers and keep communities safe and clean. While America
                                     leads the world with the strongest domestic right to know laws, U.S.
                                     companies do not have to disclose comparable information for their operations
                                     abroad.

                                     I am particularly troubled by the poor human rights records of a number of
                                     U.S. companies leading natural resource extractive projects in Nigeria, Burma,
                                     Chad and Ecuador. In some of these cases, Unocal in Burma, Chevron in
                                     Nigeria, and Texaco in Ecuador, foreign nationals have sued American
                                     companies in U.S. courts for their irresponsible operations abroad.

                                     To address this growing imbalance between corporate rights and corporate
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                                          responsibilities, human, environmental and labor rights groups have joined
                                          together to develop and promote an International Right to Know measure in
                                          Congress. This initiative builds on existing domestic right to know laws and
                                          will aid local communities in defending their basic rights. Under this initiative,
                                          U.S. based multinational corporations would be required to disclose basic
                                          information on their human rights, labor and environmental practices much in
                                          the same way they disclose domestic information. I believe that the U.S.
                                          should take the lead in holding corporations accountable and protecting the
                                          human rights of the most vulnerable. I want U.S. businesses to live up to
                                          their responsibilities to respect human rights, workers' rights and the
                                          environment. I urge you to support an International Right to Know legislation
                                          if and when it is introduced.

                                          Thank you for your time.

                                          Sincerely,

                                          Jennifer K.


A-4291   Tax                 2003.04.28   Cutting taxes and letting future generations pay for the war is insane. Also
                                          equatting homosexual behavior with insest indicates that the senator from Pa.
                                          doesn't know any victims of insest or that he is a complete idiot. One reason I
                                          am no longer a republican is that meaness seems to be one of their mottos.
                                          bob k.


A-5966   Licensed            2003.04.28   Sen. Thomas Daschle
         Progessional                     United States Senate
         Counselors should                509 Hart Senate Office Building
         be able to bill                  Washington, D.C. 20510-4103
         Medicare
                                          Dear Sen. Daschle:

                                          As your constituent, I am writing to ask you to co-sponsor and support
                                          legislation that would establish Medicare coverage of state-licensed
                                          professional counselors and marriage and family therapists. Senators Thomas
                                          and Lincoln have introduced the Seniors Mental Health Access Improvement
                                          Act (S. 310), legislation that would expand the inadequate Medicare mental
                                          health benefit. I strongly urge you to contact their offices to become a co-
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                                    sponsor of this legislation. Medicare beneficiaries need better mental health
                                    care.

                                    Older Americans are the demographic group most likely to commit suicide,
                                    and it is estimated that over half of older Americans who kill themselves had
                                    seen their physician within a month of doing so.

                                    According to a recent study published by the American Psychiatric Association,
                                    the number of mental health professionals in the U.S. isn't adequate to meet
                                    either current or future mental health treatment needs of older Americans.
                                    Both professional counselors and marriage and family therapists are widely
                                    recognized master's-level mental health specialists, with education and
                                    training on par with that of clinical social workers. Clinical social workers have
                                    been covered under Medicare since 1987. Establishing coverage of counselors
                                    would be very cost effective. At a time when Congress is considering adding
                                    hundreds of billions of dollars in Medicare spending, an actuarial study by The
                                    Lewin Group estimates that Medicare coverage of professional counselors will
                                    cost only $16.3 million over five years.

                                    Additionally, I urge you to co-sponsor and support the Medicare Mental Health
                                    Modernization Act (S. 646), legislation introduced by Senator Corzine that
                                    would bring Medicare's mental health benefit up to date by expanding the pool
                                    of covered providers, eliminating Medicare's discriminatory 50% co-payment
                                    requirement for outpatient mental health services, and establishing coverage
                                    of intensive residential and outpatient services such as crisis residential
                                    programs, therapeutic family or group treatment homes, psychiatric
                                    rehabilitation, and intensive case management.

                                    Improved treatment of mental disorders can save lives and save money by
                                    reducing related medical expenses. Thank you for your time and attention to
                                    this important issue.

                                    Sincerely,

                                    Jan S., MS, LPC/MH, QMHP, SD


A-5967   Education     2003.04.28   Dear Senator Daschle,

                                    When we moved to South Dakota from Arizona, I planned to continue working
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                                    towards my certification in elementary education. I applied to Black Hills
                                    State University and was accepted. As I began working towards my degree
                                    one major issue caused me to reconsider this goal. South Dakota requires a
                                    degree in elementary education vs just certification. I have earned a BS in
                                    environmental studies with two education courses from the University of
                                    Minnesota. I also have 9 community college credits in early childhood
                                    education and also 15 education credits from a mix of classes taken from the
                                    University of Arizona, Chapman University and Black Hills State University.
                                    Even with all of these classes, I would still have had to complete 22 courses
                                    and student teach. In Arizona, I needed 13 classes plus student teaching to
                                    receive my certification and just a handful more for my Masters in Education
                                    from Chapman University. I understand the critical need for highly qualified
                                    teachers in our schools, however, I am not certain that what we have now is
                                    the only way to have highly qualified teachers.

                                    South Dakota needs to seriously reconsider how they certify teachers. People
                                    interested in teaching should have two avenues to accomplish that goal: They
                                    must earn an elementary education degree or have a different degree from an
                                    accredited university plus additional education credits. I find that teachers
                                    with other degrees than elementary education have more to offer students
                                    simply because they have a wealth of knowledge in another area of study.
                                    Instead of pursuing the 22 day classes plus student teaching in order to earn
                                    another BA degree, I opted for a graduate degree in school counseling (14
                                    evening courses plus a internship with the schools) and am attending South
                                    Dakota State University West River Graduate School. (which, by the way, is
                                    fantastic)

                                    Thanks for all your hard work.

                                    Kristina H.


A-5968   Case Work     2003.04.28   Dear Senator Tom Daschle,

                                    I am having a problem getting my wife here from China. I have filed all of the
                                    papers I need to with Immigration services, and received a Notice of Action
                                    (receipt number [redacted]) from them telling me that approximately 135 to
                                    165 from the date they received my application which is November 4th 2002
                                    they would be processing our application. I called them on or about April 24th
                                    to inquire as to the status of this application. At this time they informed me
                                    that it would take another six or seven months approximately for them to
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                                      actually start processing our application. We have been married since April
                                      11th 2002 and have not seen each other in person since about April 14th. It
                                      took us a long time to figure out what information was required and get that
                                      information together. To insure there wouldn't be any delays do to
                                      misinformation or lack of information. Is there any thing that can be done to
                                      expedite this or is there another way to get my wife here sooner. I am
                                      disabled and it is very hard for me to fly that long and it is very expensive to
                                      fly back and forth. I feel it is cruel to keep a husband and wife separated for
                                      so long. I understand that immigration has to be really careful since 9/11 but
                                      it does not help knowing my wife and I did not have anything to do with
                                      causing those terrorist actions. If there is anything your office can do to assist
                                      me with my problem or advise on another direction I should investigate, It
                                      would be greatly appreciated.

                                      Thank you for your help,

                                      John W., SD


A-5969   Education       2003.04.28   Dear Senator Daschle

                                      I am doing a class project on my three favorite Senators. I was hoping that
                                      you could send me an autograph to show the kids. I know you are very busy
                                      and if you can"t help me I will understand.

                                      Thanks

                                      Carl S., Or


A-5970   Sen. Santorum   2003.04.28   Sen. Thomas Daschle
                                      United States Senate
                                      509 Hart Senate Office Building
                                      Washington, D.C. 20510-4103

                                      Sen. Daschle:

                                      I would like to let you know that I appreciate Senator Santorum's willingness
                                      to take a stand and support the traditional understanding of sexuality and
                                      morality. Please support him. We need more people like him in leadership. He
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                                        speaks out for Christians everywhere.

                                        Sincerely,

                                        Lila S., SD


A-5987   Judicial Issues   2003.04.28   First of all, I would like thank you. I was involved in the Pierre/Ft. Pierre home
                                        buyout. Thank you very much for all your efforts. I know there are many
                                        pressing issues, but I would like to talk to you about divorce and the
                                        government. For years the divorce rate has been climbing and has reached
                                        dangerous levels. The government plays a major role in these statistics. The
                                        laws that have been passed over the years encourage divorce and
                                        government has created another Welfare society. It well past the time
                                        something is done. The administration has hinted at family values but lip
                                        service alone won't change the pattern. I know in this community and
                                        surrounding areas it is out of control. Government has created laws that make
                                        divorce no effort and with children involved make it a lucerative practice.
                                        Many states have enacted "Shared Parenting" laws which allows parents equal
                                        time to their children. Gone are the incentives of visitation limits, one
                                        controlling parent ! and high support payments. Instead, parents have equal
                                        time through out the year, both share equal in visitation and control, and
                                        none or little support is exchanged. The parents support the children during
                                        their custody and the same is done during the other custody. I don't know
                                        what changes can be made at the Federal level, but please check into this and
                                        push for changes. This is completely out of control and changes need to be
                                        made. The children are the ones that suffer and they are the future. All
                                        studies show that children raised in this environment only repeat the cycle.
                                        Please help. Thank you for your time and efforts.


B-420    Law/Judicial      2003.04.28   Dear Senator Thomas Daschle,

                                        I believe in the value of an independent and diverse judiciary. Unfortunately,
                                        many of Mr. Bush's nominees to the critical Circuit Courts of Appeal, only one
                                        step below the Supreme Court, appear to be motivated by clear ideological
                                        motives that include opposition to reproductive choice, an extreme
                                        interpretation of property rights, and hostility to basic civil rights. I am
                                        particularly concerned about the nominations of Priscilla Owen and Jeffrey
                                        Sutton. I urge you to carefully examine their judicial track record and vote
                                        against them. If necessary, I urge you to support a filibuster while urging Mr.
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                                    Bush to nominate a more diverse and balanced group of nominees.

                                    Please let me know how you intend to proceed on this issue.

                                    Sincerely,

                                    Alan B., SD


A-677    Education     2003.04.29   Dear Senator Daschle

                                    Please vote NO on HR 1350. It is a bad IDEA. It will hurt children with
                                    disabilities. IEPs should be done on a yearly basis so that the needs of
                                    children with disabilities can be assessed each year. This is very important as
                                    people's needs change regularly as we grow and learn. What maybe
                                    appropriate this year may not be appropriate in 1 year, much less 2 to
                                    3years.Thank you for your time.

                                    Sincerely

                                    Dawn M.


A-4010   S.659         2003.04.29   April 28, 2003

                                    Sen. Thomas Daschle
                                    United States Senate
                                    509 Hart Senate Office Building
                                    Washington, D.C. 20510-4103

                                    Dear Sen. Daschle:

                                    I urge you to sign on as a cosponsor of S.659. We passed a similar bill in SD a
                                    few years ago with nearly unanimous support from members of both parties.
                                    At that time I wrote to you an suggested that you introduce legislation similar
                                    to S.659. The time has now come for you to let SD know where you stand on
                                    this common sense legislation.

                                    Sincerely,
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A-4407   Health Care Costs   2003.04.29   I am 59 yrs old and worked for 23 yrs in the health care industry...I have
                                          always made sure I had health insurance, and paid my own way. Now I am
                                          not employed and have to pay $466. a month for "high risk" insurance with
                                          $5000 deductible, with no prescription coverage...I could not afford my Rx so
                                          I started ordering them from Canada...now I found out I am doing something
                                          "ilegal"..

                                          What does our government and the drug companies expect us to do??? Line
                                          up and jump off a cliff when we become unable to pay for health care or
                                          Rx?????

                                          Thanks for listening.....


A-5282   Fourth Estrada      2003.04.29   April 28, 2003
         Cloture Vote
                                          Sen. Thomas Daschle
                                          United States Senate
                                          509 Hart Senate Office Building
                                          Washington, D.C. 20510-4103

                                          Dear Sen. Daschle:

                                          Thank you for continuing to vote no on cloture for the nomination of Miguel
                                          Estrada to the DC Circuit Court of Appeals and standing firm against Bush's
                                          court stacking plan. I strongly support the filibuster of Estrada's nomination.
                                          I urge you to continue to vote against any cloture motions to block the
                                          confirmation of Estrada.

                                          Estrada's nomination is just one part of President Bush's plan to stack the
                                          federal Courts of Appeals with anti-civil rights and anti-women's rights
                                          nominees. He has refused to reveal his position on critical legal issues.
                                          During his hearing, Estrada declined to answer questions about Roe v. Wade
                                          and other US Supreme Court cases in the areas of environmental protection,
                                          labor rights, and gay/lesbian rights. Candidates who do not have a
                                          demonstrated commitment to civil rights and women's rights should not be
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                                          confirmed.

                                          I urge you to stand firm against Bush's efforts to stack the courts. Please
                                          CONTINUE TO VOTE NO on any future cloture votes on Estrada and continue
                                          to block Bush's court stacking plan.

                                          Sincerely,

                                          Jennifer C., SD


A-5940   Unborn Victims of   2003.04.29   April 28, 2003
         Violence Act
                                          Sen. Thomas Daschle
                                          United States Senate
                                          509 Hart Senate Office Building
                                          Washington, D.C. 20510-4103

                                          Dear Sen. Daschle:

                                          As your constituent, I am writing to ask that you support the Unborn Victims
                                          of Violence Act (S. 146) when it comes before you.

                                          This Act would hold criminals liable for conduct that injures or kills an unborn
                                          child. Currently, 26 of our States already have criminalized the killing and
                                          injuring of unborn victims during a crime.

                                          S. 146 would not supersede state unborn victims laws, nor would it impose
                                          such a law in a state that has not enacted one. Rather, the bill applies only to
                                          unborn children injured or killed during the course of already-defined federal
                                          crimes of violence.

                                          We live in a violent world and, sadly, sometimes -- perhaps more often than
                                          we realize -- even unborn babies are the targets, intended or otherwise, of
                                          violent acts. The fact is that it is just plain wrong that our Federal Government
                                          does absolutely nothing to criminalize violent acts against unborn children. We
                                          cannot allow criminals to get away with murder. As a civilized society, we
                                          must take a stand against violent crimes against children. We must close this
                                          loophole.
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                                    Conservatives, liberals, Republicans, Democrats, and just plain common-
                                    sensical folks across the country agree, especially since the events
                                    surrounding the murder of Laci Peterson and her unborn child.

                                    I'm sickened by crimes like Scott Peterson is charged with, and I want to see
                                    some sensible legislation passed to address them. Please support S. 146, the
                                    Unborn Victims of Violence Act, when it comes before you. Thank you.

                                    Sincerely,

                                    Stephen E., SD


A-5981   Science and   2003.04.29   Senator Daschle:
         Technology
                                    As an independent scientist and science critic, I want to describe for you
                                    major corruptions in science which require external accountability. You have
                                    to realize that there is no such thing as corrupters policing themselves. And
                                    science has become the modern religion of society determining the values,
                                    standards and ideals for the institutions of society. The courts listen to the
                                    supposed scientists, not the preachers.

                                    Here are some corruptions in terms which you can understand. Relativity
                                    contradicts basic logic in ways which are not allowed anyplace. At the starting
                                    point, it says the velocity of light is determined by the receiving point. So
                                    effect precedes cause. That's impossible. Physicists said that, because
                                    emitting points of light would add their own velocity, which is not found. But
                                    the same is true of receiving points. So physicists decided upon a certain
                                    contradiction as a method of resolving a question. That is not valid science.

                                    Even before that error, there was an experiment which was not valid. The
                                    Michelson-Morley experiment looked for an etheric medium in space for
                                    conducting light waves but did not find it. The instrument showed no
                                    diffraction pattern where one was looked for. The non result had any number
                                    of explanations, but it was used as a reason for creating relativity. Relativity
                                    is said to be ninety percent of physics. That's a huge fraud upon the public.

                                    Prions are a similar example in biology. Supposedly a "prion" protein does
                                    what organisms do in creating diseases. Consider these contradictions: The
                                    genetic material must be in the host (victim). Evolution must then move
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                                          toward ending the disease. No more than one bad mutation could be
                                          temporarily causing a problem before evolution got control again. One
                                          mutation cannot create several complex diseases with strain variations.

                                          The problem is not a process of science making slow improvements. The
                                          problem is a force which moves toward corruption. The largest part of that
                                          force is outside science. It is in journalism and the bureaucracies. They run
                                          with corruptions, because they are so exploitable. Truth isn't sexy; corruption
                                          is.

                                          I realize how limited Congressmen are. But everyone can do the most
                                          important thing about any corruption, which is produce some truth. A little bit
                                          of exposure and truth is needed in Congress, as elsewhere.

                                          I have more details on my web site at www.nov55.com

                                          Gary N.


A-5985   Education           2003.04.29   Senator Daschle,

                                              I am a South Dakota teacher. I have taught in South Dakota for 30
                                          years. Unfortunately for you I am a registered Republican. I did vote
                                          Democrat in the last election for the House of Reps. which demonstrates that I
                                          have an open mind.       I plan to be in the Wash. DC area on the 21st of
                                          July. I have two grandsons who would dearly love to tour the White House
                                          and the Capital Building. I was hoping that you could obtain 7 tickets for
                                          each place so that I could bring them and their mothers, my husbund, my
                                          sister - in -law and myself to take the tours.
                                             I appreciate your efforts in the Senate.

                                                             Thanks bunches Elaine T.


A-5986   unborn victims of   2003.04.29   April 28, 2003
         violence act.
                                          Sen. Thomas Daschle
                                          United States Senate
                                          509 Hart Senate Office Building
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                                        Washington, D.C. 20510-4103

                                        Dear Sen. Daschle:

                                        As your constituent, I am writing to ask that you support the Unborn Victims
                                        of Violence Act (S. 146) when it comes before you.

                                        This Act would hold criminals liable for conduct that injures or kills an unborn
                                        child. Currently, 26 of our States already have criminalized the killing and
                                        injuring of unborn victims during a crime.

                                        S. 146 would not supersede state unborn victims laws, nor would it impose
                                        such a law in a state that has not enacted one. Rather, the bill applies only to
                                        unborn children injured or killed during the course of already-defined federal
                                        crimes of violence.

                                        We live in a violent world and, sadly, sometimes -- perhaps more often than
                                        we realize -- even unborn babies are the targets, intended or otherwise, of
                                        violent acts. The fact is that it is just plain wrong that our Federal Government
                                        does absolutely nothing to criminalize violent acts against unborn children. We
                                        cannot allow criminals to get away with murder. As a civilized society, we
                                        must take a stand against violent crimes against children. We must close this
                                        loophole.

                                        Conservatives, liberals, Republicans, Democrats, and just plain common-
                                        sensical folks across the country agree, especially since the events
                                        surrounding the murder of Laci Peterson and her unborn child.

                                        I'm sickened by crimes like Scott Peterson is charged with, and I want to see
                                        some sensible legislation passed to address them. Please support S. 146, the
                                        Unborn Victims of Violence Act, when it comes before you. Thank you.

                                        Sincerely,

                                        LeeAnn B., SD


A-5994   Judicial Issues   2003.04.29   I am a voter from South Dakota, the state that voted you into Senate and
                                        House. I strongly urge you to support the Presidents judicial nomination of
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                                             Priscilla Owens. Do not filibuster her.


A-5996   Government Affairs     2003.04.29   Senator Daschle,

                                             I have been very disappointed with your caucuses refusal to bring the
                                             nomination of Judge Estrada to a vote. Today on CNN.com, I see that you plan
                                             to use the same obstructionist tactics on another nominee, Judge Priscilla
                                             Owen. It is the right of the president to name the members of the federal
                                             bench. Since the days of George Washington, the Senate has confirmed
                                             nominees unless it discovers something that is morally objectionable about
                                             the nominee. A judge's philosophy and ideology should not disqualify him or
                                             her from the bench. At the very least, these nominees are owed a vote from
                                             the full Senate.

                                             You often mention that Bush's judicial nominees, who are often described as
                                             "pro-life" and "pro-business" are too influenced by their personal beliefs.
                                             Every judge is influenced by his or her personal beliefs, including the pro-
                                             abortion judges that you would prefer.

                                             It is irresponsible for the Democratic minority to cause numerous vacancies on
                                             the federal bench that hinder our judicial process. You seem to forget that the
                                             voters of this nation elected a Republican president, a Republican senate, and
                                             a Republican House of Representatives. I can only hope that, should a
                                             vacancy on the Supreme Court occur, that the Democrats in the Senate will
                                             not damage our highest court with the same partisan disregard that they have
                                             shown to the lower courts.

                                             Remember to keep fighting for South Dakota first, not the liberals in the
                                             Democratic party,

                                             Tony V.


A-5997   Vote Against H.R.      2003.04.29   Sen. Thomas Daschle
         1350, the House Bill                United States Senate
         to Reauthorize IDEA                 509 Hart Senate Office Building
                                             Washington, D.C. 20510-4103
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                                             Dear Sen. Daschle:

                                             As a member of the 55,000 member American Counseling Association, I am
                                             writing to ask you to vote no on H.R. 1350, the bill to reauthorize the
                                             Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). I am concerned about the
                                             impact H.R. 1350 would have on the special education system. I am
                                             particularly concerned that the bill would remove current law provisions
                                             requiring the use of highly qualified school personnel, including school
                                             counselors. Students with disabilities need effective services provided by
                                             adequately trained providers. I am very concerned that H.R. 1350 would
                                             weaken, rather than strengthen, IDEA in this area. I am also disappointed
                                             that although H.R. 1350 would increase authorizations for federal IDEA
                                             spending, it falls short of establishing mandatory funding levels to swiftly
                                             bring federal contributions for the program to their promised levels.

                                             I urge you to vote against H.R. 1350 when it is brought to the House floor.
                                             Thank you for considering these recommendations.

                                             Sincerely,

                                             Brenda J H., SD


A-5998   Health                 2003.04.29   I am a senior student at Augustana College and I am currently doing a
                                             research project on the health benefits available to the children of South
                                             Dakota, mainly Sioux Falls. I am interested in knowing any new programs that
                                             are being proposed by your office or any programs that you are currently in
                                             favor of or working toward. Your reply will be greatly appreciated and included
                                             in the research project for Augustana College. Thank you for taking the time
                                             to reply.

                                             Sincerely, Dianna S.


A-5999   Defense and Military   2003.04.29   I urge you to support these bills when you have the opportunity to do so: H.R.
                                             879 to provide those who turned down VEAP an enrollment opportunity in the
                                             Montgomery G.I. Bill H.R. 548 to phase out the age-62 SBP annuity reduction
                                             H.R. 303 to allow full receipt of military retired pay and VA disability
                                             compensation H.R. 1231 to allow military retirees, family members and
                                             survivors to pay TRICARE Prime enrollment fees and TRICARE Standard
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                                    supplemental insurance premiums with pre-tax dollars. Your support on these
                                    issues would greatly improve military service members' and veterans' quality
                                    of life and also show your voters that you support our troops with action.
                                    Thank you and keep up the good work.

                                    SSgt Joseph M.


B-1335   Health        2003.04.29   Sen. Daschle,

                                    Thank you for your past support of the issues for Diabetes Research. I am
                                    again asking for your help. Please support Senate Bill 303 which will allow
                                    research using Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer. This is so important to our two
                                    grandsons aged 5 and 9 who have Juvenile Diabetes. Sam was diagnosed at
                                    2 and Alex was almost 4. I just heard that 2 more children in our area were
                                    diagnosed last week. My heart goes out to these families whose life has been
                                    turned up-side down.

                                    Also please defeat the Brownback bill SB 245. To criminalize the act of
                                    receiving a cure in another country is absolutely brutal and inhumane!!

                                    Thank you for all you have done fighting for the issues that really matter to
                                    us.

                                    Del and Ruth W.


A-340    Veterans      2003.04.30   As the draw down occurs there will be a vast number of soldiers entering a VA
                                    system which is not going to be able to adequately care for them because of
                                    years (dare I say decades) of underfunding by the US Government. These
                                    soldiers deserve the very best we as a Nation can give them. They deserve,
                                    at least, care equal to what members of congress and the President are able
                                    to obtain and at an equal cost. My point is that the VA system is fractured
                                    greatly and a new influx of patients may cause the system to collapse. The
                                    VA beaurocrats may tell you the system is OK, but go ask the current Veteran
                                    patients on a face to face basis. You can also ask the PVA, DAV, AMvets,
                                    VFW, VietNam Vets of America representatives for confirmation. We were all
                                    given a promise of care by an agent of the government and to a great deal
                                    that promise has been abrogated. Please help
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A-2665   Housing       2003.04.30   We are contacting you to express our concern regarding HUD's FY 2004
                                    budget proposal to convert the Housing Choice Voucher program to the
                                    Housing Assistance for Needy Families (HANF) program.

                                    HANF is being presented as a companion to the State administered TANF -
                                    Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program. The Administration's
                                    rational is that HANF will provide seamless housing services and TANF income
                                    support to needy families. In Aberdeen Housing Authority's four county
                                    jurisdiction, 99% of current program participants are elderly, disabled, or
                                    working poor and do not receive TANF. The correlation of the two programs in
                                    our situation does not apply at all.

                                    This proposal will have a negative affect our community. Aberdeen Housing
                                    Authority is successful, in part, because we are able to assess housing needs
                                    and respond to them directly. The Housing Choice Voucher program is a
                                    fundamental element of our local housing system. We work closely with local
                                    social service providers to develop programs that effectively meet the needs
                                    of low-income households in our community. Transferring the Voucher
                                    program to the State will result in either a middle layer of management, which
                                    will reduce the level of funds available to communities that administer the
                                    program or will cause the dismantling of Public Housing Authorities that work
                                    so well. With the complexity of the programs, it is imperative that individuals
                                    have a local point of contact.

                                    Finally, we are concerned that HUD will have less incentive to maintain
                                    appropriate funding levels and that South Dakota will be expected to cover
                                    future funding shortfalls. South Dakota has had a difficult time balancing the
                                    budget and can not absorb federal program responsibilities.

                                    A response in regard to your position on this issue would be greatly
                                    appreciated.

                                    Thank you for your attention to this matter.

                                    Steven C. S.
                                    Executive Director
                                    Aberdeen Housing Authority
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A-2736   Trade             2003.04.30   Senator Daschel:

                                        I am writing to encourage you to help pass The Protection of Lawful
                                        Commerce in Arms Act, S.659 into law. Your roots here in South Dakota
                                        surely help you to understand that guns do not kill, people do. And when
                                        activist groups are allowed to bring frivolous lawsuits against gun
                                        manufacturers for political purposes, we the consumer pays for it. Help pass
                                        this legislation to protect our businesses and consumers, and encourage our
                                        legal system to enforce the laws we have to fully prosecute criminals who use
                                        guns to commit crimes. Thank you in advance for doing the right thing.


A-3775   Other ; Medical   2003.04.30   Dear Senator Daschle,
         malpractice
                                        The medical malpractice problem has seriously affected the accessability to
                                        Ob-Gyn care around the country. Physicians are unable to afford malpractice
                                        coverage in some instances (making doing deliveries a money loosing
                                        endeavor) or sometimes not even able to find an insurance company that will
                                        provide malpractice coverage. As a result it has become increasingly difficult
                                        for women to find a provider to deliver their baby. This really hit home when I
                                        spoke with one of the men who trained with me and now works in Cedar
                                        Rapids, IA. A hospital an hour away from Cedar Rapids has always had a
                                        labor and delivery service including c-sections. Those doctors are no longer
                                        able to secure malpractice coverage, and so the women in that area have to
                                        travel an hour either to Cedar Rapids or Waterloo to be delivered. The crisis is
                                        here. Medical malpractice reward caps have kept insurance affordable in
                                        California and also South Dakota and so accordingly have protected the access
                                        to c! are in these areas. The rest of the country deserves the same. We also
                                        need to ensure that malpractice carriers are not so overburdened so as to
                                        cease to exist for any state. I'm sure you would agree that it would be
                                        unacceptable to compromise health care of the most devoloped nation in the
                                        world to the point that its standard would be far below any other developed
                                        nation.


A-5989   Save School       2003.04.30   April 29, 2003
         Counselors
                                        Sen. Thomas Daschle
                                        United States Senate
                                        509 Hart Senate Office Building
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                                       Washington, D.C. 20510-4103

                                       Dear Sen. Daschle:

                                       As your constituent, and as a member of the 55,000 member American
                                       Counseling Association (ACA), I am deeply concerned about President Bush's
                                       proposal to eliminate the Elementary and Secondary School Counseling
                                       Program (ESSCP)in his FY 2004 budget. ESSCP is the only federal program
                                       devoted to supporting counseling programs in our nation's schools. The school
                                       counseling program is important to me, and to hundreds of thousands of
                                       students across the country. I strongly urge you to support an appropriation
                                       of $75 million for ESSCP for FY 2004. This would allow support of counseling
                                       services in secondary schools, which have yet to receive funding under the
                                       program.

                                       The school counseling program received bi-partisan support during the
                                       consideration of "No Child Left Behind Act", but must be appropriately funded
                                       in order to be effective. To date, the program has yet to be expanded to
                                       secondary schools, where counseling services are desperately needed.

                                       Thank you for your consideration and I look forward to hearing from you on
                                       this important matter.

                                       Sincerely,

                                       Brenda J H., SD


A-5990   Mental Health    2003.04.30   Sen. Thomas Daschle
         Insurance                     United States Senate
         Discrimination                509 Hart Senate Office Building
                                       Washington, D.C. 20510-4103

                                       Dear Sen. Daschle:

                                       As your constituent, I am writing to ask you to cosponsor and support the
                                       "Paul Wellstone Mental Health Equitable Treatment Act" (S. 486), legislation
                                       that would prohibit the practice of insurance discrimination against individuals
                                       with mental disorders.
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                                             Mental disorders are real, and are treatable, and we can no longer tolerate or
                                             afford for the Americans who suffer from them to be treated as second-class
                                             citizens.

                                             I am heartened by President Bush's recent announcement of support for
                                             mental health parity, and I am hopeful that the 108th Congress will quickly
                                             pass appropriate legislation.

                                             During consideration of this issue, I strongly encourage you to support mental
                                             health parity legislation that applies to everyone--not just individuals with one
                                             of a special list of specific disorders. A Congressionally defined list of special
                                             mental disorders isn't needed.

                                             In addition, please oppose efforts to allow businesses the opportunity to 'opt
                                             out' from parity requirements. Experience with state and private health plans
                                             shows that mental health parity does not result in significant cost increases.
                                             Thank you for your time and consideration on this issue. I look forward to
                                             hearing your position.

                                             Sincerely,

                                             Brenda J H., SD


A-5991   Medicare coverage      2003.04.30   April 29, 2003
         for counselors - Why
         not?                                Sen. Thomas Daschle
                                             United States Senate
                                             509 Hart Senate Office Building
                                             Washington, D.C. 20510-4103

                                             Dear Sen. Daschle:

                                             As your constituent, I am writing to ask you to co-sponsor and support
                                             legislation that would establish Medicare coverage of state-licensed
                                             professional counselors and marriage and family therapists. Senators Thomas
                                             and Lincoln have introduced the Seniors Mental Health Access Improvement
                                             Act (S. 310), legislation that would expand the inadequate Medicare mental
                                             health benefit. I strongly urge you to contact their offices to become a co-
                                             sponsor of this legislation. Medicare beneficiaries need better mental health
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                                           care.

                                           Older Americans are the demographic group most likely to commit suicide,
                                           and it is estimated that over half of older Americans who kill themselves had
                                           seen their physician within a month of doing so.

                                           According to a recent study published by the American Psychiatric Association,
                                           the number of mental health professionals in the U.S. isn't adequate to meet
                                           either current or future mental health treatment needs of older Americans.
                                           Both professional counselors and marriage and family therapists are widely
                                           recognized master's-level mental health specialists, with education and
                                           training on par with that of clinical social workers. Clinical social workers have
                                           been covered under Medicare since 1987. Establishing coverage of counselors
                                           would be very cost effective. At a time when Congress is considering adding
                                           hundreds of billions of dollars in Medicare spending, an actuarial study by The
                                           Lewin Group estimates that Medicare coverage of professional counselors will
                                           cost only $16.3 million over five years.

                                           Additionally, I urge you to co-sponsor and support the Medicare Mental Health
                                           Modernization Act (S. 646), legislation introduced by Senator Corzine that
                                           would bring Medicare's mental health benefit up to date by expanding the pool
                                           of covered providers, eliminating Medicare's discriminatory 50% co-payment
                                           requirement for outpatient mental health services, and establishing coverage
                                           of intensive residential and outpatient services such as crisis residential
                                           programs, therapeutic family or group treatment homes, psychiatric
                                           rehabilitation, and intensive case management.

                                           Improved treatment of mental disorders can save lives and save money by
                                           reducing related medical expenses. Thank you for your time and attention to
                                           this important issue.

                                           Sincerely,

                                           Brenda J. H., SD


A-5992   Support S. 659 and   2003.04.30   April 29, 2003
         Lawful Commerce
                                           Sen. Thomas Daschle
                                           United States Senate
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                               509 Hart Senate Office Building
                               Washington, D.C. 20510-4103

                               Dear Sen. Daschle:

                               I urge you to take a leadership role in strengthening our rule of law and
                               protecting American jobs by supporting S. 659, the Protection of Lawful
                               Commerce in Arms Act. This legislation will block reckless, baseless "junk"
                               lawsuits against honest people in a responsible industry -- and it will save jobs
                               in our state. Trial lawyers and city officials are targeting gun manufacturers in
                               the courts with dozens of baseless lawsuits, trying to make policies that
                               rightfully are the purview of state and federal legislators. In the first suit
                               brought to trial, the presiding judge's decision read: "The city's complaint is
                               an improper attempt to have this court substitute its judgment for that of the
                               legislature."

                               And just recently, counsel for the NAACP admitted in his opening remarks that
                               "This case is about obtaining a judicial remedy when legislative doors have
                               been shut..."Supporting this bill protects jobs. Each year, hunting and the
                               shooting sports nationally generate in excess of $31 billion in economic
                               activity supporting more than 986,000 jobs. Whether it's a family owned
                               sporting goods store, a major retailer, the provider of travel services to
                               hunters visiting our state or just the diner they stop at for breakfast and
                               dinner during a day spent in the field, businesses depend on the legitimate
                               livelihoods supported by commerce in firearms. Firearm owners support jobs
                               in a supply and distribution chain, badly needed jobs for workers in our state,
                               in addition to manufacturing jobs.

                               The National Association of Manufacturers, representing 14,000 companies
                               and 18 million people who make things in America, recently wrote in about
                               this lawsuit strategy, "It threatens to seriously undermine the ability of any
                               manufacturer to produce and sell products that are lawful and non-defective,
                               simply because those products may be criminally misused. And let's not kid
                               ourselves; such misuse could result in disastrously high jury awards that could
                               well bankrupt countless upstanding companies."

                               A legal industry being destroyed by lawsuits would result in lost jobs and
                               catastrophic consequences to state conservation efforts paid for by excise
                               taxes on firearms and ammunition. Please, co-sponsor S. 659, the Protection
                               of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act. I look forward to hearing from you soon to
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                                        tell me whether you support S. 659.

                                        Sincerely,

                                        Tim M., SD


A-5993   Agains Proposed   2003.04.30   April 29, 2003
         ERIC Changes
                                        Sen. Thomas Daschle
                                        United States Senate
                                        509 Hart Senate Office Building
                                        Washington, D.C. 20510-4103

                                        Dear Sen. Daschle:

                                        As a University Faculty member, I am alarmed to hear that there are
                                        significant changes being proposed to the Education Resources Information
                                        Centers (ERIC), including the elimination of the subject-specific ERIC
                                        Clearinghouses and that publications created to synthesize current research
                                        and respond to specific education-related questions will be discontinued. With
                                        the implementation of No Child Left Behind now in full gear, I need the
                                        resources available through ERIC now, more than ever.

                                        With the various duties that a university requires, I find that there never
                                        seems to be enough time in the day to devote to gathering the latest research
                                        on educational practices. In this way, ERIC is invaluable. In order to best
                                        serve my students and staff, I need to be aware of the best education
                                        research and information out there. However, I do not have the time to read
                                        the large number of journals and scholarly papers that are published each
                                        year, and I rely on ERIC's syntheses to stay in touch with the current
                                        literature. I have found that one of the most valuable services offered by
                                        ERIC has been the AskERIC service and the availability of subject experts at
                                        each of the Clearinghouses to respond to a wide variety of education-related
                                        questions. These individuals are not only intimately familiar with the database
                                        and how to search it most efficiently, but they also refer users to a variety of
                                        important associations, organizations, and related web-based resources that
                                        provide information beyond the scope of the ERIC database. I ask you to
                                        contact Secretary of Education Rod Paige by May 9th and demand that he
                                        reconsider this proposal and retain the services currently offered by the ERIC
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                                             system for the future.

                                             Sincerely,

                                             Dr. Dale P., SD


A-6003   Defense and Military   2003.04.30   Dear Sir,

                                             I am an officer in the Army Reserve and have an issue I'm hoping you can
                                             help me with. I drive to Minneapolis monthly for my drill (660 miles one
                                             way). For over two years, the was worth it because I wanted to deploy with
                                             this unit (Psychological Operations); despite the fact that I spent 20 hours on
                                             the road and made very little money for my efforts. However, when we got
                                             mobilized, only a portion of our battalion went. I told my commander that if I
                                             couldn't go with this unit, I wanted to go to a unit that was going. He said his
                                             hands were tied due to stop-loss. With his permission, I contacted the
                                             USACAPOC Inspector General, who told me that I could not leave USACAPOC.
                                             Sir, I know that stop-loss was designed to keep people from jumping ship in
                                             times of conflict, but I WANT to go! And I'm being kept from doing so. I
                                             either want to go active, or join a closer unit. It has become a financial
                                             hardship for me just to attend drill. Is there any way you could assist me in
                                             getting assigned to a closer unit?

                                             Respectfully,

                                             David L.

                                             1LT, MPUSAR


A-6004   Case Work              2003.04.30   Dear Senator Daschle and Staffers:

                                             I am writing to request assistance in an educational experience we are
                                             organizing for our grandchildren.

                                             Although I spend much time in Washington, D.C. largely with the USAID, the
                                             DoS, and various international banks, my family has not had an opportunity to
                                             see many parts of the U.S. government and the city. We plan to visit the city
                                             and federal government June 12-14, 2003, and hope to tour the Capitol
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                                    building. I understand it is possible for your office to provide the tickets which
                                    are necessary for entrance. If you can provide tickets for 3 adults and 4
                                    children (between 9 and 12 years), we would be appreciative.

                                    Other suggestions for this educational event for the family will be appreciated.

                                    Thank you.

                                    Sincerely,

                                    Larry and Sharon T., S.D.


A-6005   Case Work     2003.04.30   I wish to discuss violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act by major credit
                                    card companies, banks and credit bureaus, the negative impact on my
                                    husband and me, damages suffered because of these violations, options
                                    available to us to (1) get the reports corrected and (2) seek compensation for
                                    damages. My husand and I have been working on this for 5 years. We have
                                    provided copies of the front and back of cancelled checks, received letters
                                    from lenders stating the information on the report is incorrect and that they
                                    will correct it, provided copies of those letters to the credit bureaus, filed
                                    disputes with the lenders and credit bureaus - and the list goes on. We are at
                                    the end of our rope. We have either been turned down for loans or had to
                                    paid premium rates on any we have been able to obtain - ALL because of the
                                    errors on our report. We need your help!

                                    Deb H.


A-6006   Education     2003.04.30   Closing the ERIC Clearing Houses would be a severe blow to our Master's in
                                    Education program at Sinte Gleska University, a tribal university located in
                                    south central South Dakota. We are located 4 hours from the nearest
                                    academic library so our research capabilities would be severely limited in
                                    terms of our program. Educational improvement has been a priority of the
                                    current administration. What better way to improve education on the
                                    reservations than to train future leaders at tribally chartered and nationally
                                    accredited institutions. If ERIC is eliminated, you will be leaving behind a
                                    significant population of students.

                                    Peggy J. T., EdD
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                                    Sinte Gleska University, SD


A-6007   Housing       2003.04.30   Mr. Daschle

                                    As Executive Director of Lemmon Housing & Redevelopment Commission I
                                    oppose the Housing Assistance for Needy Families (HANF)

                                    Cathy E.
                                    Executive Director


6008     Agriculture   2003.04.30   I know you have already heard all of the arguments for and against Country of
                                    Origin Labeling ("COOL"). I also know you are aware of all of the
                                    organizations, associations and business interests which are either in favor of
                                    or against COOL. Please let me give you another perspective, that of the
                                    thousands and thousands of independent U.S. producers who have a vested
                                    interest in COOL, but who do not have a coordinated voice to speak on their
                                    behalf. I work for a company whose primary business purpose is to maintain
                                    the independent producer as an integral component in the U.S. pork
                                    production system. In furtherance of this purpose, we have developed a pork
                                    production system which: (1) aligns small-to-medium-sized independent
                                    producers owning grow-finish facilities in the Upper Midwest with sow herds
                                    capable of providing them with a consistent, long-term source of high-health,
                                    fast-grow segregated early wean ("SEW") pigs; and (2) facilitates contracts
                                    and relationships between these producers and major packers for the sale and
                                    purchase of butcher hogs. By working closely with these independent
                                    producers on health, production and nutrition issues, the independent
                                    producer is able to raise a pound of pork at a lower cost than the large
                                    integrators or the packer which owns its own hogs. In this way, we are
                                    showing the packer that it does not have to own or control hogs through the
                                    entire production system in order to receive what it is after at the end of the
                                    day-a consistent source of high-quality, premium-cutting butcher hogs
                                    delivered to its facilities for slaughter. Because of this, we have dubbed our
                                    system "the politically correct alternative to packer-owned hogs". To date,
                                    our system has worked very well. We now have over 30,000 sows under
                                    contract delivering nearly 700,000 SEW pigs to approximately 170
                                    independent producers located in South Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska,
                                    Illinois, Indiana and Missouri. We have been successful in developing
                                    relationships for these independent producers with IBP, Swift & Co. and John
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                               Morrell & Co. Our independent producers are satisfied-they are able to lower
                               their costs of production, minimize disease problems, and command a
                               premium price for their butcher hogs. And the packers are satisfied-they are
                               able to concentrate on their slaughterhouse operations without worrying about
                               the disease and labor problems normally associated with raising hogs.
                               However, our system, and the relationships we have been able to build with
                               the farrowers, finishers and packers, is being threatened by COOL. Due to
                               COOL, packers are requiring our producers to implement and maintain costly
                               record-keeping systems. Since our producers are small-to-medium-sized
                               operators, they have fewer hogs to spread these costs over, giving the large
                               integrators and packer-owned herds a tremendous economic advantage.
                               Further, due to COOL, many packers have notified our producers that they will
                               no longer accept hogs of Canadian origin since the tracking and special
                               handling of these hogs will simply be too burdensome and costly and not
                               worth the risk of facing the stiff penalties imposed by COOL. Since
                               approximately 70% of the SEW pigs flowing through our system are of
                               Canadian origin, this devastates our system and the independent producers
                               who rely upon these sources for the high-health, fast-grow pigs which they
                               can raise and sell at a profit. Instead, they will be forced to accept the "back-
                               end production" from large integrators or packer-owned herds, or they will be
                               forced to become contract finishers for the large integrators and packers. This
                               eliminates the profit motive for the independent! producer, causing many to
                               exit pork production altogether and resulting in greater concentration in the
                               hog industry.

                               Although good in theory, COOL has many unintended consequences which
                               need to be explored and rectified. We do not advocate an outright repeal, as
                               many groups do. Rather, we feel strongly that a voluntary program would
                               serve everyone's needs quite well. At a minimum, we feel that the effective
                               date of mandatory COOL needs to be delayed while the important issues
                               which have been raused are studied. I know you've seen and read the studies
                               indicting that COOL will cause the "loss of over 1,000 independent finishing
                               operations in the Midwest due to the loss of SEW pigs from Canada". As a
                               company that works closely with these independent producers, we can assure
                               you that this estimate is low. We would anticipate losing a majority of our
                               producers, and we are only one of many companies moving SEW pigs from
                               Canada to the U.S. If COOL is implemented as a mandatory program, it
                               would assist our producers greatly if an exception were enacted to apply to
                               "pork which is not born in the United States but which is transported to the
                               United States within 21 days of birth and is thereafter exclusively fed, raised
                               and slaughtered in the United States". With respect to these pigs,
                               approximately ninety percent (90%) of their tota