Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor Korean War veterans plan Sept. 21 reunion

To the editor:

Maj. Gen Lloyd R. Moses Chapter #194 Korean War Veterans of Eastern South Dakota will be holding their fall general reunion meeting at the VFW Post 2750, 105 North Main, Mitchell, Sept. 21.

For further information on chapter meeting you may contact the following veterans: Fred A. Duve Jr. 605-624-2134, or Clayton J. Speiser 605-334-6742.


Fred A. Duve Jr.

Chapter President

Johnson fighting for S.D. farmers

To the editor:

Sen. Johnson's recent TV ad featured his work to pass a ban

on packer ownership of livestock, which would help family farmers such as myself get fair market prices.

Once again, Congressman Thune managed to make a positive thing negative, and attacked Johnson's ad for unexplainable reasons.

Well, Thune has no standing to challenge Johnson on the issue of who fights more for South Dakota farmers and ranchers. Only one person in this year's Senate race has truly stood up to big meat packers, and that's Tim Johnson.

When Smithfield came into South Dakota and attacked Tim Johnson for passing his packer ban, Thune stayed silent for weeks, leaving Johnson to fight Smithfield by himself. Johnson didn't just fight back, he passed his packer ban through the Senate twice.

Months later, after the dust cleared, Thune introduced a replica of Johnson's packer ban in the House and went around the state calling it his own. This was one of many examples of John Thune being a Johnny-Come-Lately, taking credit after all is said and done.

Tim Johnson is in the trenches fighting to keep family farms and ranchers alive.

Doug Sombke


Co-chairman, Farmers and Ranchers for Johnson

Thune will be excellent senator

To the editor:

John Thune will be an excellent U.S. senator. Thune's leadership experiences have helped him prepare for such work. The House members elected him as liaison, a position seldom held by freshman. His reelection to a second term proves the House members' recognizing him as a capable leader. Furthermore, Gongressman Thune had no mentor or a director to guide him every step of the way.

President Bush needs a person of such character and abilities to help him carry out very important unfinished business. As senator, John Thune will push for action and approval of judiciary nominees. He will also help President Bush develop a dependable supply of energy to strengthen the nation's security and end the present tax cut plan permanent will increase jobs, improve the economy and let the taxpayer keep more money. Rebuilding our armed services is another "must-do" job.

Besides, John Thune fights for South Dakota values, and his voice will be heard in the Senate. For instance, his strong commitment to strengthen families could become a source of pride for many South Dakotans.

Margaret Schmidt


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