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On the tragic death of
Senator Paul Wellstone

Bill Christison,
Washington, D.C.

The membership and staff of the National Family Farm Coalition are shocked and deeply saddened with the news of the tragedy which has befallen the Wellstone family, their friends and co-workers.

We extend our most sincere sympathy and condolences to the surviving families and to all who mourn this great loss to the nation.

Senator Wellstone was the conscience, heart and soul of the United States Senate. He always spoke his convictions with commitment and dedication that reflected his ability, expertise and wisdom.

Senator Wellstone was a true representative of the people. He spoke for farmers, workers, and the many who have little or no voice. Sheila was his constant companion and in her role on Pail's "staff" expanded her leadership role in the fight against domestic violence. Over the years, farmer members of the National Family Farm Coalition have been blessed by hiss presence and his representation of our needs and goals in the U.S. Senate. The loss of Paul's voice and action at this critical juncture is particularly devastating as we face the issues of terrorism, probable war, and bad economic times fueled by an unjust trade and agricultural policy.

The Senator's position will soon be filled. The Senate will be made whole, but the Senate will be forever changed, in fact in a larger sense, the void created by the absence of Senator Wellstone many never be filled.

We, as a people, must remember and use what Senator Paul Wellstone has taught us. We must come together and move forward in the fight for social and economic justice.

Published in In Motion Magazine, November 30, 2002

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