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Relies on services that could be cut

November 22, 2011
Marshall Independent

To the editor:

As a person with a disability, I can be thankful for many things as I get ready for Thanksgiving. I live in a neighborhood here in town just like anyone else. I get to go out with my friends on weekends for movies, shopping or just to hang out. I'm the first self-advocate in Minnesota to be an ally for a People's First group here in Marshall. I volunteer with The Arc in this area and with the state office of The Arc.

I know that I wouldn't have all these good things without the supports I receive. These supports get money partly from our Congress, partly from our state. If this money got cut, I know I couldn't do as much as I can now.

I know things are tight all over these days, but I think Congress can save money without cutting services that help me be more independent and help me give back to my community. I heard that Congress has to decide by this week how it's going to balance the budget. I hope Rep. Collin Peterson will listen to people with disabilities in this area and support the services that make life better for us.

Carrie Varner




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