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Uninformed Custody Hearing is Sentencing Children to abused an immoral lives with criminals

Jan
09

Dear Mr President,

I am a resident of the state of Florida and , a 27 year old single mother of a beautiful baby girl, just 2 years old,named Delilah. 

In 2010 a court in Arkansas granted full Custody of my daughter to her biological father.Although thier law states that if a father wants to gain custodial rights to a minor child born outside of wedlock he must petition the court where the mother and child reside.

Knowing this law my counsel advised me that the state did not have jurisdiction and that there was no need for me to attend court because they could not assume jurisdiction. When I didn't show they did just that. Out of default my father's daughter, a fugitive to the state of Florida at the time, was granted full custody in June of 2010. I never received a copy of this standing order in Arkansas. My daughter's father, afraid to come to Florida due to an outstanding warrant never attempted to obtain custody of Delilah. Although he called often to tell me how abusive and disrespectful his new wife was, he never once mentioned the standing order in Arkansas.

In March of 2011, Nearly a year after the order was signed Delilah's father had decided he wanted to move back to Florida. A plan was made to bring him home. On his way he stole a pill bottle from the home of friends that housed him and paid for his bus ticket back to Florida. He was in Florida for less than 24 hours when he was arrested for his outstanding warrant and found with a xanax in his pocket. He was arrested and now facing charges on Possesion of Marijuana, Failure to Appear, And Possesion of a controlled substance. I bonded him out to keep from having to explain to his 2 older children why thier father was in jail. One week to the day he arrived He Kidnapped Delilah and jumped state while I was working. Leaving behind his 2 older children, a hefty fee and bondsmen harrassing me daily.

On his way out of town he stopped at my Local police department and dropped of a copy of the order and asked that it was okay he took her back to Arkansas.

Although When I later called, crying hysterically, after finding Delilah not in her bed when I came home and her father also missing, That same department knew nothing of the matter. They told me that it was a civil matter and I would have to go down to the courthouse in the morning and file papers. I managed to make it through the night and did just as I was told. It was a frustrating process but I managed to get through it. I had filed an emergency motion for minor child pick up. My 24 hour process took 4 days because my papers were not taken to the judge right away like they were supposed to. After calling the judges secretary day and night It was finally discovered where my papers were. I had an answer within the hour. My motion had been granted. I FELT SO RELEIVED!

When word made it to Arkansas that Delilah and her father were wanted in Florida, A week later, finally the order in Arkansas appeared at my local police department. Soon after I received a letter from my judge that my motion had been Vacated and Set Aside. I felt so hopeless again, back at square one. Now what would I do?

At least I knew where she was and she was safe for the time being.

I was told the best thing I could do was to wait for him to miss his court dates and hopefully he would be extradited back to Florida and I would be able to bring Delilah home. Although the wait was a painful 2 months. I did what I was told. He missed his dates and was arrested for extradition. I went to Arkansas with every penny to my name to bring her home. I had visitation at the time and he was in jail. It seemed so simple. Nothing on this journey has been simple. When I arrived the local police would not allow me to see my child because her father's wife had a bogus order that said I only had supervised visitation. They told me I would have to see the judge. I didn't have money for an attorney so I filed all the papers by myself.

The judge thought that by waiting until her father was in jail to come that I was trying to use the situation to my advantage. Instead of granting my temporary custody order he placed Delilah in the states care. I stayed in Arkansas for a month. Lost all of my shifts at my job permanently and had to start back new with the worst shifts that didnt make as much money ( I'm a Waitress). I tried and tried and still the judge wouldn't hear me.

I went home in July 2011, Never having seen my daughter one time while I was gone. I still was not giving up on her. I will never do that.

I was allowed to go home to get back to work because we would have to get him served for and set a new custody hearing date. This took 5 months. He avoided Service until a warning order had to be run. I finally had a new date set for December 27th. Being 2 days after Christmas was like a slap in the face. She is young though so she didn't notice. I did get to see her this time but the judge still would not grant me custody.

At this time the judge ordered supervised visitation for me ( a hard working, honest, law abiding citizen) for no reason other than I live in Florida.

I don't claim to be perfect. I do claim to be the best choice for Delilah.

I do not do drugs. I do not have a criminal record of any kind ( a few minor traffic violations sure). I have never had any kind of investigation launched against me with the department of children and families. I follow rules, I'm morally sound, and I surely do not believe that I am above the law.

He is the polar opposite to everything I mentioned above.

He has avoided service in 2 states. He never shows in court unless it's to keep Delilah from me, Or he's been arrested and has no choice. he currently has a protection order against him in Florida to keep him away from his 2 older children that was amended 7 times until finally the judge made it permanent. he lies about his residence to enter into false arrangements with the courts. and Most recently he has filed false charges against me in Arkansas for domestic battery. I was in the state of Florida when he filed this charge. He didn't realize that I'd left to go home yet. He used these charges to also take out a protection order against me that I had to fly to Arkansas to fight,and that was dismissed because he didn't show up.

 

This Story can go much further into detail but you would be reading for days.

I simply want to give a slight background before stating my concerns.

#1.  Why are there no backround checks of any sort done on the parents before custody is granted?

                        - Is this not important? Should we not have as many facts as possible before sentencing a child for possibly 18 years?

                        - Are the first 18 years not the most impressionable? Are they not the years that mold our future?

                        -Should we not know if the parent uses drugs, or can't hold a job, moves from place to place?

                        -Dui's, Criminal Backgrounds, Evictions, Mental Health Conditions are all things that can hinder the upbringing of a happy and morally sound child.

      I was actually shocked to know that the judge had granted full custody of Delilah to her father without knowing of his sketchy background, His drug charges, his outstanding warrants, his several investigations with children services. Why would our laws to protect our children fail in such a way that they would personally enable a drug addict to legally kidnap and tote a toddler across country while her mother, honest and law abiding, was working hard to put food on the table.

#2. Why would a Man stepping into a police department asking to take a child out of state not raise a red flag?

                        - As the Paternal Mother and Caretaker of Delilah from birth should I not have been notified of the situation?

                                 - He had to be taking this child from someone!

                       - Why would they not check that he was not in thier system and personally allowed to leave the state?

                                 - Should they trust that he's innocent just because he's willingly standing in front of them?

       I know that these departments are busy and there are a lot of people working inside of them. But honestly when a mother calls hysterical because her child has been kidnapped and you just had a man standing in front of you asking to take a child should they not have been able to put 2 and 2 together? should I have been instructed to go to the courthouse and file a $300 dollar motion only to find that it's useless and the people that recommended me to file it knew all along? I don't think so. I find that to be almost as unfair as allowing a worried mother alone with her desperate thoughts of how to find her child, or if her child is safe for a week before conveniently finding the order that was dropped off to them the day her child went missing!

#3 Why is it okay for a court to assume jurisdiction that was not thiers in the first place only because noone said " Hey, Your law says you can't do this!" ?

                       - Why was this judge allowed to assume jurisdiction over my child knowing that he had none?

                       - Why Is it okay for him to simply do as he pleases while taking no real concern for the child at stake?

I'm not saying that I should not have been at that hearing obviously that is not the case. I obviously had bad counsel whose word I unfortunately trusted. But did I really need to be inconvenienced by taking time off of work, taking food from my childs mouth, to travel across the country to tell this man that he had no jurisdcition when he obviously had the same education any judge has, and clearly knows the laws of his state. Does there honestly need to be someone auditing every move made by elected officials to make sure that they follow the rules that they themselves have been elected to enforce? Why are they so above the laws set down for the rest of our country? Who will make sure that they follow the laws?

#4 Why are law abiding citizens of this country guilty until proven innocent, while criminals are innocent until proven guilty ?

                       - This judge states that he doesn't trust me. Even though I've never been in any kind of trouble.

I'm just curious why does this judge not trust me. I've done nothing wrong. all of his reasoning for saying that I have unclean hands are a misunderstanding painted through the web of lies Delilah's father paints every time we step into a court room. They surely are not for criminal actions, unlike Delilah's father whose word seems to be nothing short of gold. How can a man with a history like Delilah's father be trusted while a woman like myself can not be trusted?

#5 Why is there nothing united about the United States of America?

                       - Why does the fact that a man has drug charges in another state not effect his standing in court in the first one.

                       - How can there be an ongoing investigation with children services in one state and it not raise a red flag in the other

                          state for the children living in his home? Or effect his standing in court?          

I found it frustrating that there was no concern for my daughter living with him in Arkansas when there was an ongoing investigation for child abuse for his older children in Florida. How can a man with a protection order against him in Florida to keep him from his older children be allowed to keep the younger child in Arkansas without someone looking into why there is a protection order against him in another state? Why can these 2 states not unite like we claim them to be to bring justice and relief to the numerous victims of this man?           

In ending I ask how can we go on knowing that we have made bad choices that will greatly impact the life of an innocent child and not lose a minute of sleep at night? Do we turn the other cheek becuase it is not our own children. What would you do if you found yourself in my situation. I know that I am not the only mother in this situation whic logic says there must be more innocent children in these situations. How long will we allow our children to be tainted. How long will we allow these things to happen and still ask what is wrong with people today? Those people were once children, many of them with rough childhoods. What if someone had intervened? What then? What if those children had been taken away from those situations when it was needed? Where would they be today? What kind of lives could they have possibly had? What kind of life will Delilah have if noone intervenes? I don't know the answer to that. I do know the kind of life she will have if someone does intervene! She will be loved by a woman who thinks the world of her. A woman who blames her for nothing short of saving her life. For a woman who will be her best friend no matter what kind of life she chooses. A woman who loves her like a Mother Should Love a Daughter and possibly even more than that!

#6 Will you step in and give this child a chance ? or

#7 Will you push this letter aside and leave her to her fate?

                    

                                   Very Sincerely,

                                    Ms. Gloria Linden

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single mom in college

Oct
25

Hello president Obama,

My name is Ashley Powell. i'm a single mom in college having a difficlt time with my grades. i go to fullerton college in california. i have seizures and im epilepsy which can be hard for me also being a single mom.

well because my grades drop i dont get grants and finacial aid. thats other load on me becasue i dont have me books. my family lives pay check to pay check i really need some help i want to stay in school i want to better myself for my son.

can you help me?

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Single Mother of Three...

Aug
12
Dear Mr. President, I'm writing to you to propose a bill or something of the sort. I was working a year at a medical facility called Atlanta Medical Group here in Cartersville Georgia when they were shut down by the F.B.I. for illegal drug dealing.I'm a single mother of three who has worked very hard to provide for my children with a roof over their head, transportation, food on the table etc. Without the help of their fathers ,they don't even pay child support. I know I'm not the only one, for there is always someone doing worse than myself. I put all my faith in Jesus christ. It will all work out for the better and I know having my faith in him t it is already done because "YES HE CAN" LOL. I was wondering about starting a program that will allow people who don't purposely lose their jobs to be able to make some sort of payment and not lose everything they've worked so hard for. Example: I'm bout to lose my car. It was a total of 11,000 when I bought it and I've paid in 4,000 dollars. I've paid every month and even called ahead of time when I was going to be late. Since I've lost my job, I'm 3 months behind and their wanting to repo my car. I feel being that I was a good customer, they should just work on taking lower payments until I find a job so that I can keep my car. I don't want to file bankruptcy because I want a house sometime in the near future and doing so will not allow me to do that by filing bankruptcy. so what can I do? please help me!
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Madre Atormentada

Aug
11
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middle aged mom

Apr
02
I am not a letter writer except to my mom and kids. I am an ob/gyn who could not find a job when we moved to NH to allow me to spend time with my family. I now work in a nursing home which I love. As I get older I am still sympathetic to those in need. I have always worked or volunteered where other doctors in my group didn't want to. I believe there are many people in need. I also believe that over the years I have enabled women to not take care or themselves or responsibility for their own health and future. Ideas: paying for pregnancy by medicaid is helpful but by funding pregnancy coverage as we do allows women to not take care of themselves. If they knew they had to pay for care and care of their children ie diapers, formula etc they would think twice about the birth control they use and who they are with. Prenatal care is important but i don't think the country owes it to all pregnant women to free care.. unless we social medicine. Why can we not require unemployed people to help out in areas that are in need to help with costs of education, wilderness, health etc. Working in a nursing home I realize so many residents need to take walks, talk to people play games etc to stay healthy but there are not enough paid staff to do those things. By encouraging helping to get benefits creates self respect and adds to the needs of the country. So many decisions made by non medical personnel adversly affect patients. Electronic medical records add to more mistakes by increasing the amount of time nurses and doctors have to spend to get to computers to put in orders, write notes, bill etc and not spend time with the people whom they want to spend time with. I feel like most of what I do is to document so medicare will pay, or document so I wont get sued, or document to follow regulations that dont impact quality healthcare please lets get tough and expect more from people. We are all getting lazy and although there are those in need I see so much waste, i pods owned by people who dont make enough to pay taxes or go to college, cell phones with high monthly bills but have their prenatal care paid for. I believe you are a tough president and love everything you do but lets help people by helping those who can not help themselves and put the rest out to educate themselves, help others in return for the help they get from the country..... teach them to fish .... not just give them fish
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Are african american women invisible

Jan
19
Hello Mr. President,I'm a 39 year old african american women who is single parent  with two children. My daughter is a junior in college on a full scholarship with the exception of books and board at I have to pay for. And my son is a sophomore in high school and  is also on the footbal team and wrestling team. He also manages to keep a 3.0 GPA and insist on getting a job so he can contribute to the bills. My daughter also has a 3.0 GPA and became a manager were she works in her first year of college. With that said right before Christmas of 2008 I lost my job, my husband decided to kick me and the kids out and I had to move back in with my mother. It was a very trying time for me but I had to be strong for my children. I had to find a way to get my daughter back to school and figure my life out. I know you have heard this story many times but the realization is that it happens much to often and the Black Woman has to step up to the plate and be strong. It took a while to find a stable job, I work temp jobs here and there and on unemployment that barely helped out at all. I finally got a stable job but as a african american woman without a college degree "which I'm working on now" you really can't get a high paying job. My current income is $1,300 bi-weekly and I work in a bank and not as a teller. My rent is $1,200, tuition $200 mthly, light, gas, water, cell phone "can't afford both land and cell" I need the cell for my daughter who is 10 1/2 hours away, transportation,gas. Not including clothes which my son is 17 years old with a size 12 1/2 shoe and standing at 6'1 and still growing. I don't even mention the two stomachs he has. I'm a hard worker and very driven but after going through so many trying times people fail to realize all that we go through to make it. We make it and it's hard but we must stay strong for our children so they will realize no matter what they mother went throught she always smiled. While all the time we are crying inside asking God to help us make through another day. So, as a black woman we go through a lot and as much as we try to get ahead we always get pushed back in the job world and in society. I ask that you create a bill for single mothers like me that need that help to get back on our feet and can provide for our children without the stress and without just giving up. We need to be able to know with all our fight and struggle there is light at the end of the tune. Thank you for you time.
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Helping my mother

Oct
14
Hello Sir my name is Emanuel.I would like to tell you shortly what has happened to me and my family to see if some how we can get some help.At the age of 14 the doctors discovered an AVM malformacion in my spinal cord I had an internal bleeding in aug. of 2007 due to that I can no longer walk my life has changed totally since then.My mother has been by my side every moment she decided we should move to the state of florida because I was not getting the  medical treatment I needed in Puerto Rico.I was a little sad because we left behind family and friends but I then understood it had to be done so I could recieve what I really need.So far with my medications, medical equipment,doctors and all we are not having problems but my mom has tried applying for housing and has not been able to recieve anything.We are now living in a friends house since we got here from Puerto Rico and due to some personal problems this person has to leave her home and so do we my mom, my sister and myself.They have told my mom to be able to cualify for housing she has to have a job and have been working for 1 year she has applyed for a job in many differnt places but has got no answer from any one.She has also gone and called may different shelters but if they are not full most of them tell her that they can not except us because of my age and that I would have to go to a male shelter.I really don't understand because I am still a miner but besides that I am not totally independent and sometimes I need my mother's help. I have never met my father and she has been a single mom for many years and has done and keeps doing a great job.I want to help her some way I don't like seeing her frustrated she thinks I don't notice and I know she does this so I won't get worried but I do notice.Please help me find a home for me and my family I don't want to go back to Puerto Rico.
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DESPERATE MOM SEEKING FOR HELP

Aug
21
Dear Mr. President, First i want to thank you for your great work and congratulate you for your courage. It is a great honor for me today to be able to address my concerns to you Mr President. I know you are very busy and i beg you and your staff to allow this letter to reach you. I thank both you and your staff for your hearing my voice.      Mr President, my name is Patricia Accius mother of 3 boys , Travis 4, Marvin 3, Nathan 21months.  I am knocking on your door today because i have tried every program for help but nothing seem to be working for us . I am unemployed and so desperate at this moment only my husband working to support the family and his mother who had a stroke 3 weeks ago and he is working on straight commission. It is very hard for us to pay the bills . Please , please i am begging you please help us . I have my 4 year old who is going to vpk on Monday as a parent i am crying inside and feel ashame and embarrassed to see my 3 year old son is crying to go to school too but "helas" i cannot afford it. Please Mr President help us i know you can feel what a mother pain can be please try you very best. My 4 year old sees me with tears writing this letter he asked me if i am crying for President Obama i did not know what to answer. May God bless and protect  you, your family and your staff. Thank you very much for putting yourself available to hear your nation concerns.   Regards, Patricia             
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single mother of two (please extend unemployment)

Jun
28
i am a 47 year old mother of two. i have worked 30 years as a drywall finisher/painter. in the past 30 years i have been on unemployment 3 time this time being the longest 6 mo. my unemployment runs out now unless it is extended.i can not find a job in my feild illigals have taken many of the jobs and the ones they have not takin everyone is fighting for .i have no other skills please do something i stand to lose everything i have worked for over my lifetime...
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Who cares about America?

Jun
26
Dear Mr. President Obama, I would like to know how to help provide medical health care, organic food, wholesome water and alternative energy to this country. Is it really very hard to make sure everyone can have medical care when needed, good wholesome food and water to drink, and free renewable energy that will not destroy the planet? With all kinds of advances this country has made in so many ways-these basic issues of a way of life shouldn't be so hard to attain. Doesn't anybody care about America? If every household pays 1% of their income per each family member into a large health care budget-wouldn't that be enough to cover health, vision, and dental care for everyone in America? It can come straight out of everyone's paychecks and the activity of the budget can be made public for everyone to see.  Without insurance companies standing in between a person and his or her medical care, all of the administrative costs in hospital billing departments would be eliminated. The poorest people in the country and the wealthiest people are entitled to the same quality healthcare. Doctors should be able to do their best to strive to save a life without worrying about whether they are allowed to do so by insurance companies. This issue is of life and death. This country has put a very clear price on people's lives. Basically if you can't pay-you die. No matter what kind of pain you have to go through or who you will be leaving behind to go through the pain of losing you-So very, very sad. When it comes to organic food-large food companies like Monsanto and the like should support it and learn to profit in other ways aside from factory farms and genetically altered-manufactured foods. Food is meant to grow naturally out of the earth and not created in labs. I am so afraid of foods sold in stores and restaurants now that I feel the need to test the soil where I could grow my own food. The poor, hormone,antibiotic and chemical infused, stressed-out animals that don't even see the light of day-being mass slaughtered on conveyor belts cannot be healthy for people to eat. Not to mention the negative environmental impact of factory farms that contribute to our evaporating ozone and global warming. Do we really need to eat so much, that we are willing to eat things that will inevitably kill us prematurely? If people become more educated and aware of the dangers of manufactured foods, I'm sure everyone will opt to choose organic and eat only what's in season and grown naturally without harmful chemicals that will ultimately ruin the soil and eventually make it impossible for wholesome food to grow out of the Earth anywhere. The natural way of growing food takes time and effort and this in turn will make people appreciate their food more and know that it is actually good for them. After all-you are what you eat. Whatever happened to preserving our planet for our future generations? Have people become so greedy that they can't see anything but themselves? When I think about all of the oil drills that are contaminating the water in this land, it makes me feel hopeless that there are people out there who sleep well knowing that they have allowed this to happen. Very knowingly allowed this to happen for profits and gain. Profits and gain at the price of humanity and our planet. Water is such an essential part of life in general. Nothing can grow or thrive without water including people. Sure, you may be able to buy bottled, distilled water if you have the means, but who really knows if that water is even safe and for how much longer. It's just a matter of time if we don't choose to use alternate sources of energy that do not impact the environment horrendously. We'll eventually have no good water, or air, or soil. What will become of us? Why can't we just use wind, solar, and water power for all our energy needs? Is it because no one has figured out a way to put a price on wind, sunlight, or the ocean, yet?   I am so stressed out and depressed about these issues. It seems so simple to change. Is money so important and powerful that it can so easily destroy life? What happened to helping a fellow neighbor or doing to others as you would have done to you? Can money buy happiness and is that happiness so important that it would cause someone sell their soul? I am an ordinary mother of two and a wife. When I was single and childless, these issues were obsolete to me. They were always there, but not important to me at the time. Now that I have kids of my own, I am concerned and have an overwhelming desire to leave this Earth a better place for my children and their children and so on and so forth. I'm sure this is a feeling that I share with most all mothers in this entire world. Now I just need a way to communicate with all of those mothers and let them know we are not alone and we can make the difference for our children.  Thank you for your time. Sincerely, Eileen Lee    
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where is the help?

Jun
19
Dear Mr. Obama, I am a married mother of five, my husband owns his own business and I am nurse and we are still living in poverty. We don't get any child support, and uncle sam takes our income taxes from us every year, how do you expect anyone to make a living, not alone provide healthcare for everyone in the family. The state of KY frowns upon us and offers very little to no help at all the finger always gets pointed to us and I am sick of this.  Two of the children we are raising is due to the fact that their mother is unfit, the children are in sexual abuse counsling, but everybody wants to point fingers at us when we are the ones trying to help.  Another concern of mine is Sallie Mae, I have applied for the Income based repayment program which is nearly impossible, the IRS refuses to give them any of my tax information and Sallie Mae denies my applications due to fact that my loans are in forbearance, it is a never ending cycle that has been going on for a year.  I dont know what else to do, nobody will help us and everyone frowns upon us when we are just trying to help these children that have been sexually, mentally, and physically abused, why are we the ones that get stoned for it? I am about ready to give up and give the children to state because I'm tired of taking the blame, everywhere we turn there is no help for us.  What can we do?  Have you really made this world a better place?
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Child Support

Jun
13
Dear President Obama,It is so hard to sit here and write a letter to you. I know that although you are the President of the United States, you are also a normal person as well as a father that only wants whats best for his children. Mr. President. I have 2 children at home, 19 and 16. Very hard ages, but very good kids. Like so many in America right now, we are in danger of loosing everything including the home that we rent. A healthy meal is few and far between. We do eat... but very fugil.This letter is in hopes Sir that you will take a look at the way the rules are set out for parents that are supposed to get Child Support.As it stands today. My ex-husband owes back due Child Support of $33,804.74. I have contacted my local Office of Recovery Services several times only to be told they have nothing yet. No word on where my ex-husband is or how to find him. I've received several calls for them requesting that I close my acct with them and that if need be, they can close it without my permission or knowledge. Sir... how can they do that? The last time I spoke with them, they informed me that the Child Support office in Colorado "where we used to live" has closed the acct. and are in the process of re-opening it. When asked if I could call them, I was told NO.I have to go through them.With that being said, I will let you know, my next two letter's are to the Govenor's of Utah and Colorado as well. Mr. President. I'm fit to be tied. I don't know what to do or where else to go. Chances are... I wonte ever get the support owed to me, but right now I'm grasping at straws. I work for Intermountain Health Care, my husband works for Superior Roofing. My checks are being garnished for past due taxes, my husband is working, but now trying to play catch up and we can't. We have rec'd shut off notices on everything, we are now behind on rent,with now food in the house, a 19 year old trying to go to Massage Theropy College, a 16 year old going to The School of Rock Music to play guitar (and he's very good). He was award a partial scholarship leaving us to pay the rest. My son works for Canyon school District as a school sweeper now knowing that he will have to help me pay for the music school. Were do we go from here sir? What do I do? My family (children) have already enured so much in there young lives.How can help them to stay focused when they see us so stressed and worried all the time?Again. I know I'm grasping at straws with the Child Support, but lord knows how much we need it and it would help. Please sir...tell what I can do to help change the Laws on this to enforce that it's paid, and give us, the people that were awarded the child support the right to say if the case's are close or not. I in no way want to be miss leading. My husband still owes back due child support and has tried to pay it. He's not hiding, my oldest step son (25) lives with us,and pays his own Child Support. My youngest step son (21) goes to college, and works full time. Both boys work with my husband. Like so many. We are just trying to service this economy. Please sir... and help or suggestions would really be appreciated.Thank You for listening and taking the time to read this.Sincerely,Deborah Ryan_Einerson6496 South 2600 EastCottonwood Heights, Ut. 84121801-783-4861
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Illegal Imagrants

Apr
23
Dear President Obama,      I am a wife and mother living in Orange County, California and I would like to point out something that does not seem to be obvious to everyone,  Illegal aliens are called Illegal because they are not here legally!  How can you ignore the fact that they are not here legally and still be opposed to the new law in Arizona.  You say the word "ILLEGAL" when you discrIbe them but then oppose them being made actuall illegal!  How can this be?  You are playing the political game.  California needs help!  Los Angeles is turning into a Spanish speaking North TJ, because they refuse to actually treat ILLEGAL IMAGRANTS as ILLEGAL'S.  For God's sake, you call them illegal every time you refer to them.  Why isn't that name supported by the law?  We do need to send them all home and let them reapply to come into the country legally.  Maybe we should examine the law regarding what they have to do to come in legally but we need to send them back.  We obviously acknowledge them as illegal or we would not call them illegal aliens so why are we being so soft on this?  If we begin to crack down on those who are not here by following our laws  of our country, then why bother having laws in the first place?  WHAT PART OF "ILLEGAL" IMAGRANT DO YOU NOT UNDERSTAND?  I do not care if we have imagrants here, that is not my opinion at all.  I just think that if they want to come to our country, they need to do it LEGALLY!  iF WE NEED TO CHANGE THE RULES  OF ACCEPTANCE, then that should be where we focus.  I just don'T see how you can ignore the fact that you have been elected to uphold the laws of this country and "illegal" imagrants are "ILLEGAL".  Uphold the laws my friend!  They are not supposed to vote anyways. I don't care if they are from Canada, Mexico, Russia, or Iran, Illegal is "ILLEGAL".  Our rights and responsibilities apply to those who are here legally and not to those who break our laws right from the get-go!  If they don't have the proper reasons or circumstances to qualify for legal status in our country, then we don't need them here!  They are law breakers right from the beginning and we don't need more of that type here.  I just don't get it?! i AM NOT "RACIST".  I am an AMERICAN!  I was born here by parents from the Chicago area who believe in the American Dream!  If someone is here legally, I don't care!  America was built as a melting pot of other cultures.  To be American is to be a mix of other cultures.  But I come from an ancestor who came over on the MAYFLOWER, yet I think we need to be more proud of our country and the ability to call our selves "AMERICAN".  We should not be so complacent as too let anyone use 'AMERICAN' so lightly. You are asking yourself, how couldwbe send those millions back?  My answer is 'one at a time!'  We need to begin to have some pride in calling ourselve American!  Letting anyone in that can "fool our border patrol" and get into our country, have free amnisty is not right! I am just a mother and wife here in southern California, that voted for you because I thought you were aware of the simple term, "ILLEGAL" means NOT LEGALLY!  In other words, AGAINST THE LAW!  LAWS PROHIBIT IT!  I am only asking that you inforce the laws!!!  Send them home!  Thank you for your time,   Toni Simonsen, Anaheim, California
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Health Care

Mar
27
As a Christian mother, grandmother and great grandmother, thank you for the passage of Health Care for the USA! The problems will sink to the bottom, but the need is definitely there! God bless you, Mr. President. Patrica Bell, Ohio
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HEALTH INSURERS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL OF HEALTHCARE BREAKDOWN

Mar
04
Dear President Obama, I first would like to applaud you for all of your efforts on many HUGE issues that you have dealt with thus far.  I was able to watch part of the Healthcare Summit last week and feel like I have a better understanding of just what you and the Democratic Party are up against on a daily basis.  I really am not sure that no matter how great the Healthcare proposal would be if there would be much Republican support...Heaven forbid that they would allow credit to be given to the Democrats for something that is good.  One issue that I believe I need to disagree upon is that I feel that you are putting the majority of the blame on healthcare insurers.   I agree with many of the points regarding pre-existing conditions and have seen first hand just how this can affect people,  I have a sister in her 30's who is self employed with asthma and cannot get a policy that will cover anything related to the disease that she has had since childhood.  I have seen her many times over the years choose to not have her prescriptions filled because times were tight and she could not afford them.  It was very scary to watch her and know that she was struggling just to breathe. I have seen my widow/mother who has hypo-thyroidism since she was 28 years old, but otherwise in stellar health,  struggle to pay health insurance premiums because she was not old enough for Medicare, but widowed at 52 and a stay-at-home mom up until that point and so not really able to find a job with benefits in a town of 2000. I also have seen my husband who worked as a pharmaceutical sales rep. for 7 years losing sleep at night because of the  guilt he felt  for making so much money and ridiculous benefits.  I benefitted personally from a "Cadalac" health insurance plan under which I had 2 surgeries, 2 of our children had surgeries, and we paid virtually nothing. My husband changed careers approximately 1 1/2 years ago and is currently a district manager for Blue Cross & Blue Shield.   His base pay is $57,500 with a bonus potential of $45,000.  The health insurance plan that the company offers its employees, I consider to be adequate, but because it is the business they are in pretty poor.  They offer 2 plans.  One has a $1000 first dollar benefit and a $1500 deductible per person.   The first dollar benefit covers office visits and wellness, but exludes ER visits.   The second plan is a High Deductible Heath Plan with a Health Savings Account.  The company contriubutes $2500 toward the family plan.   Last year we chose the plan which had the first dollar benefit because we have 3 children at home.  We learned that the first dollar benefit did not pay on ER visits when our oldest son cut his hand on a weekend and needed 4 stitches in our local hospital ER.  We paid $900 for these 4 stitches.   This year we opted for the HDHP with HSA because we have 3 children in braces and thought/hoped that it might be the best way to make payments on the orthodontia.  We will see how it goes...God williing we will not have any major medical issues this year in which we have to come up with the $5000 deductible.  I feel blessed to have health insurance. Some points that I am trying to make are that yes, a lot of insurers are the problem.  It is criminal to see the dollar figures and bonus for some of the CEO's.  I think that we need to be careful in lumping them all into one category, however.  My husband is one of the higher paid workers in his company, so that means there are many who are making less...probably a lot less.  The benefits are mediocre at best.  I am considering looking for a full-time job to try to get better health insurance for our family.  I think $900 seems like a lot for a few stitches.  I think $190 for an office visit for a strep screen is a lot.  I think that my friend who is  a hypochondriac and went to 2 doctors for 2 MRI's for the same non-issue or my husbands grandfather who went to 7 doctors for his back pain to find out the same answer are all part of the problem.   BCBS in our state lost money last year.  According to my husband, many of the competitors in this state lost money last year and are having to subsidize with reserves.  Insurers are raising their rates in double figures because costs of care and pharmaceuticals are raising in double digits.   And because we are paying for all of those bad debt write-offs of those who are not fortunate enough to have insurance.  There are new hospitals and clinics being built daily.  In our town of 2000, we currently have 1 hospital and 2 clinics being built.   Yes, the insurance industry is a HUGE contributor,  please don't forget that there are MANY contributors in this issue, and many facets that need to be addressed. Thank you Mr. President, I truly feel that you have the middle class family in your best interest.   
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Single Mom in need of Help

Nov
19
If anyone could help please do thank you reply at reeree5252@yahoo.com thank you
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Single Mom of Five in Need of Help

Nov
19
Dear BarackObama I am a mother of four children and live in chicago ill on the southside of chicago the reason im writing this letter is because i know you are the best president we had in generations,and this has being a very hard last 4yrs for me and my children,i would like to know if you can make it where my 4 children have a good christmas this year i cant bearly buy them shoes and clothes from month to month because i pay all the bills by myself,and my brother just passed away and i helped my mom with his funeral and now im backed up in my rent obama i know that you have alot of issues at hand right now but im in desperate need of some help please can you and mrs.obama make this the best year ever for me and my children please,im going to pray you can work this out for me love and prayer to all. oreatha carter 5434 s winchester chicago ill 60609 reeree5252@yahoo.com 773-812-7813   thank you
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Single Mothers

Aug
26
Dear President Barack Obama, My name is Andrea Jones. I am a single young mother. I'm having problems in finding a job. Currently being on public assistance is not enough due to the economy issues . I currently enrolled myself in a secondary school major in Medical Assistant. I really want to finish school, but I don't have transportation money to go back and forth to school. It's been a struggle. I had been missing school some days due to not having money to go. I been stressing a lot because of those reasons. I really want to succeed in life and accomplish my goals. Can u please help us young sngle mother's that are willing to want to accomplish our goals and want a better living for our children. We really need your help. As I end this letter I hope you will understand and take into consideration of my ideas. Thanks My email address is: Jones_Andrea21@yahoo.com
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Single Mothers

Aug
12
I am 20 years old and have never thought about voting until this last november election. I wanted Obama to win and make this world better for the ones who suffer the most, not the ones who can live with no help. I have two kids, work and part time job, and go to college full time. I recently recieved a letter saying that due to Obama's changes we LOST our Ohio college opportunity grant. To me this is a crock of crap. I try my hardest to take care of my kids while working and attending school. I planned to make a better life for my kids and meanwhile I loose a grant. This is something NO college student can afford in the rough times our country is undergoing. Please consider helping out the people that need it the most. Including the elderly who need health insurance, as well as the welfare people that continue to loose their benefits when ALL the needed to pay bills are not counted for. This country needs help before everyone loose whatever assets we have left, including our shelter and schooling!!
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children's health insurance

Aug
04
Hi, my name is Angelita Burse and I am the mother of 4 young children. I am employed with th State of Georgia. When I took this job to make more money I didn't know that my children would lose there health insurance know as peachcare. Peachcare is for georgia children hows parents income is a litlle higher. My children with health problems and now that I don't have this insurance I have to pay 300.00 month for health insurance thru my employer and I can't afford to pay for my childrens medcation. One of my children has diabetes and asthma, one has allergies and asthma and the medcation is very expensive. I have written Geogia repres. Jay Neal and got no response. I need some help. Angelita Burse mom of 4.
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REAL LIFE IN THIS ECOMONY

Apr
06
Dear Mr. President I don't need to tell you how bad this economy is. I do however want you to know how it is effecting the real citizens in the US. I am a single parent. I have two wonderful kids. I had a great job that was I loved and made fairly good money. In January, the corporation I worked for closed our store, because of lower sales numbers, and the fact that our lease was being raised yet again. In doing this left 20 people out of work. I work hard, I am not "living on the system" I never requested help from the government. For the past 3 months I have been searching for a job that was equal to what I was doing before. I had to let my car go which in turn hurt my credit, I had to move out of my apt, and have been living with friends, I had to let everything go. I have always worked even 2 jobs if I had to in order to support and take care of my kids. It breaks my heart to have my kids see me struggle. I just don't understand what is going on with the economy. I have years of management experience and was offered a job that at the time seemed to be well-fitted. It was a management position that started @ 33k a year (which is less that what I was making before but reasonable). A week before I was to start, I got a call from them saying that because their sales are so low(being hit with the economy) they can only hire me for part-time, and only @ 12.00 an hour. This is literally the 10th job that has done this to me. Everyone is struggling, Mr. President. It is rough out here. It is almost at times too much to bare. First of all, companies are struggling to pay the employees they have and cannot afford to hire new employees because they are losing to much revenue. People cannot spend therefore, people struggle with business. People struggle with business and cannot pay employees, therefore people cannot spend. I'm struggling everyday, sometimes at this point depressed and worried just about even being able to feed my kids. I am fairly lucky, however because along with me, I have my friends who have supported me. What worries me, is the people who don't have that type of support. Depression, anxiety, anger, retaliation these are what the United States citizens are feeling right now. It seems to me that crime is going to rise as long as the economy gets worse. People are desperate and depressed. Whats sad is that they are just trying to live. Im not too into politics, Mr. President. I never thought that I would be writing you. I just wanted you to really understand that these United States needs you to help us. Please help us. It seems that its only going to get worse. People arent hiring, they just simply can't afford to. I am good hard working mother. I don't drink, take drugs, and I've never been in trouble with the law. I am struggling, going back to school, and raising my kids. I am just a citizen who is losing faith and hope. I am currently working 2 jobs making very little money, barely getting by, because I had to take what I could get. I'm working crazy hours and I am struggling to be able to see my kids because of my schedule. Mr. President, this isn't ok with me. Its not ok for me to not see my kids at night. I'm doing what I have to in order live. Its horribly depressing. I don't expect a response from you, it would be nice, but not expected. Struggling in AZ ----jkaye38@hotmail.com
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