Letters to the Editor #3

Letters to the Editor #3 Campaign reports are revealing

To the editor:

Our Secretary of State Joyce Hazeltine sent me copies of the 2000 election campaign reports signed by the candidates themselves as required by state law. These are available to anyone who requests them, so there is no excuse for not being informed. These reports showed that spending in the 2000 election was as follows:

Republicans

Donna Schafer $10,398

Judy Clark $8,598

Junior Engbrecht $5,925

Total $24,921

Democrats

Joe Reedy $21,400

B.J. Nesselhuf $16,452

Maxine Johnson $6,903

Total $44,755

Of course, this does not include spending in the current election. With Daschle�s PAC millions being poured into the Democratic tills, we can expect more of the same this year. This certainly makes the charges of the Republicans being ultra rich look ridiculous.

Midge Carlson

Vermillion

Stop corruption; defeat Democrats

To the editor:

Voting fraud corrupts democracy and cheats us of our right to choose representation. One legacy of the Clinton presidency is the Democrats� insistence that they need not follow the law. In New Jersey, Florida and St. Louis, Democrats have claimed that the law did not apply to them.

Now, in South Dakota, we find another attempt by the Democrats to steal an election. The best mechanism to stop further political corruption is to defeat Democrats at the polls. If integrity in politics counts, then voting Republican is the only option.

Thomas W. Tiahrt

Wakonda

How can we trust Johnson?

To the editor:

If you buy a box of Cheerios and open it to find the contents are popcorn, wouldn�t you feel deceived?

Sen. Tim Johnson has done the same thing. According to the Congressional Record, which is a daily record of what happens on the floor of the houses of Congress, here�s just a few examples:

Gun Control

Tim Johnson votes against gun control � May 8, 1991.

Tim Johnson votes for gun control � May 17, 2000.

Balanced Budget Amendment

Tim Johnson votes for a balanced budget amendment � Jan. 26, 1995.

Tim Johnson votes against balanced budget amendment � March 4, 1997.

Marriage Penalty Relief

Tim Johnson votes against � April 5, 2001.

Tim Johnson votes for � May 23, 2001.

Permanent Repeal of the Death Tax

Tim Johnson votes for repeal � Feb. 13, 2002.

Tim Johnson votes against repeal � June 12, 2002.

How can anyone trust what he says? We do not need popcorn when we purchase Cheerios.

Midge Carlson

Vermillion

?War is only good for the politicians?�

To the editor:

I think, or I know, that we do not need to go to war. Tim Johnson, Tom Daschle and I need to go over to Iraq and get that low-down, no-good Saddam Hussein and bin Laden.

The president is a legal killer and we do not need to go to war to prove it!

War is only good for the politicians and rich people of the United States of America. The politicians and the rich people should consider the great men and women who do a fine job defending this nation.

William �Buddy� Brose

Yankton

Thune�s philosophy needed in Senate

To the editor:

This year�s Senate race is so important because the Senate approves judges. Court decisions have changed the character of this country. Activist judges have made rulings that the duly elected legislatures would never had made because those decisions do not reflect the will of the people.

Both John Thune and Tim Johnson are good, honorable men; however their philosophies are very different. The present judicial committee, led by the Democrats, will not even consider President Bush�s nominees, even those with the highest rating from the ABA. The judgeships remain unfilled and the backlog of cases increases.

In the next six years, judges, approved by the Senate, will be deciding on issues concerning endangered species, private property protections, partial-birth abortion, parental notification, and gun control. Do you want liberal judges making these decisions?

Vote for John Thune for Senate, and remember every vote will be very important this year.

Sincerely,

Kevin Buchholz

Belle Fourche

Use facts to judge political accusations

To the editor:

One thing I�ve learned over the years of watching political campaigns is that it�s very important to look at political letters.

It�s important to ask why an accusation is made in a letter to the editor shortly before the election when there is a limited possibility for the �accused� to respond. I think we all know it�s because if the facts were available in time, it would nullify the accusation.

For instance, an opponent of Judy Clark�s recently said something like �Judy Clark voted to cut $3 million dollars from education.�

Judy Clark did vote in an Appropriations Committee meeting against including the $3 million dollars when it could be used only as salary increases to the top 40 percent of teachers. When that proposal died and the chair, Mitch Richter, amended it as a straight per pupil distribution with no strings attached, Judy Clark voted for it there, and also on the floor of the House.

This is easily verified by Appropriation Committee members and Chair Richter, who can also attest that Rep. Clark was a supporter of finding this extra money from the beginning. This committee�s proceedings were publicly recorded and broadcast.

Nebulous, unspecified accusations about farming and ethanol should also be taken with a large grain of salt. Since rumored votes are never specific, it�s hard to defend one�s self. But I do know that Judy Clark received the Friend of Ethanol Award just recently and therefore should be considered to have done something right for ethanol.

So ask yourself. Do these accusations sound reasonable? Does it sound like the candidate you know?

I know this: Judy Clark has been one of the most productive and beneficial legislators this district has ever had. As senator she�ll have even more influence to use on our behalf.

I�m voting for Judy Clark and I hope you will also.

Bud Marshall

Vermillion

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