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[IP] Letter to the Editor

AHHHHH   Finally i got a letter published in my local paper..  now lets se 
what the local people have in the way of attacks  (which a few are famous 

here is a copy of what i sent:

Dear Editor,

I've been following the news from Washington lately about the budget battle 
between Democrats and Republicans. One item that's been regrettably missing 
from the coverage is the wide agreement in Washington about the need to 
increase funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

This important government agency funds most of the medical research 
performed in this country. This year, key leaders in Congress have proposed 
a $1.5 to $2 billion increase in the NIH's budget. This is truly good news 
for all Americans.

But the budget increase could be especially good news for the 16 million 
Americans who suffer from diabetes. That's because the additional funding 
means NIH will now have more than enough money to implement the Research 
Plan of the Diabetes Research Working Group (DRWG).

This plan was requested by Congress and developed by a panel of the world's 
leading diabetes experts. The DRWG found that significant progress could be 
made, maybe even a cure could be found, if significant resources were 
dedicated to diabetes research.

But, now that Congress is set to provide the additional funding, it's up to 
NIH and the Clinton Administration to see that the DRWG plan is 
implemented, not ignored. By doing so, they can help the millions of 
Americans who suffer from this deadly disease

I Would like to ask For everyone to make it know that you want a cure for 
this disease by doing one or all of these simple things:

1. Calls to the White House Comment Line at (202) 456-1414
2. Call Sen. Domenici (202) 244-6621
3. Call Sen. Bingaman at (202) 224-5521
4 Call Rep. Skeen at (202) 255-2365

And and urge the Administration to provide NIH's diabetes institute (NIDDK) 
with $200 million more than is currently being considered.

Thank you
Brian Carter
Carlsbad, NM
email @ redacted

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