The Iowans letters indicate a changing political landscape

Not everyone lives and dies on social media. Many people still read newspapers. If you’ve ever considered writing a letter to the editor, we highly recommend it. You’ll have a much bigger impact on the people who live in your community than if you tweeted a clever line online. Not that there’s anything wrong with tweeting, but you should also make your opinion known to the crowd of newspaper readers.

Each inhabitant knows what is in the newspaper of his city even if he is not a subscriber. Local newspaper content is discussed at work, can be found in doctor’s offices, dental offices, waiting rooms, gyms, churches, bars, restaurants, etc. It is person-to-person contact, the most effective means of influencing voters. . Your opinion will have much more credibility by putting your name on it and having it published in your local newspaper.

So with that in mind, we’d like to share some beautiful letters that we see in unlikely places.

Here are a few we spotted in the Burlington Hawkeye:

Wrong Bills Will Damage Iowa

Among the stack of flawed Republican-proposed bills still alive in the final days of the Iowa Legislature, some will do real damage:

1. It would be considered a crime for teachers to add anything to their curriculum that Republican lawmakers deem gross or pornographic. You can expect this to include any discussion of white supremacy, same-sex marriage, homosexuality, or transgender people, to name a few.

2. Another takes resources from public schools to fund vouchers for private schools. Iowa’s public schools were historically the best among the states. The Republicans are dragging them into a race to the bottom and chasing the teachers.

3. Republicans are determined to starve the government’s ability to deliver important services. They have proposed a tax plan that will significantly reduce income tax revenue, primarily to benefit high-income taxpayers.

4. Another would limit the prices the Department of Natural Resources can pay for land it buys for conservation purposes, meaning farmers would not receive fair market value for their land. Nonetheless, many rural Iowa voters, to their detriment, regularly vote for these elected Republicans.

5. Republicans in Iowa are in step with Republicans nationwide to make it harder to vote. The bill currently in progress will increase the complexity of postal voting, which is the method increasingly favored by voters.

Nothing seems to be able to stop these people with their control over all branches of the Iowa government. They must be removed from their posts.

Keith Schulz, Burlington


Fake news drives GOP attack on public schools

Mary Jo Riesberg’s excellent letter in The Hawk Eye dated February 16, “The Republicans’ War on Teachers” talks about the downgrading of my proud profession by some lawmakers.

The letter explains how motivated our Republican state legislators are to target public schools, teachers and school librarians in Iowa who they believe are “corrupting” our youth.

At a recent legislative forum, State Senator Jeff Reichman (right) was embarrassed by an illustration he said was in a school library book, of which he had a picture on his cellphone. Turns out the artwork wasn’t even in the book.

He probably salvaged the photo from a twisted social media post.

This is where the real danger to our children lies – when Senator Reichman and others use unsubstantiated social media posts that they state as fact. Meanwhile, it does nothing against the evil of social media platforms such as Instagram, Tik-Tok, Facebook and many more.

Educators use their formative years and knowledge to select appropriate books and resources for our schools. It is a long and well thought out process, and always done in the best interests of the child.

Providing the best education in a safe environment is a responsibility that educators take very seriously.

It’s a responsibility that our state legislators must shoulder as well, not with fabricated issues and laws to penalize the people who work in our schools.

If we are serious about attracting and keeping families in Iowa, let’s work together to provide the best education for every child and build public confidence in our schools.

Cathy G. Helman, Salem


Here’s one I submitted last week. It has been published in the Iowa City Press-Citizen and the Tipton Conservative.

Iowans must replace Grassley for reasonable gun laws

Unfortunately for Iowans, the gun lobby in April named U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley “Legislator of the Year,” calling him “a Capitol Hill gun and ammunition industry champion.” “.

Minutes after President Joe Biden addressed our nation about gun violence devastating American families, a gunman opened fire on two women in Ames, killing them.

Grassley responded by posting condolences and prayers on Twitter.

Grassley accepted more than $225,000 from the gun lobby. I won’t cite Grassley’s gun voting record. His new gun lobby title speaks for itself.

Americans want Republicans to join Democrats in closing the “boyfriend loophole” that likely prevented the Ames shooter from buying guns and ammunition. Federal law prohibits domestic abusers from having firearms, but the law excludes dating partners. This loophole in the law is known as the “boyfriend loophole”. These two young women should be alive, enjoying their summer.

Americans support background checks, gun legislation that removes assault weapons from our streets, and raising the age of purchase so children can’t kill.

This election cycle is an opportunity for Iowa to elect a senator who will support sensible gun laws and work for Iowa again.

-Trish Nelson, Iowa City

So while that sometimes seems like it, especially if you live on social media, it’s not just right-wing weirdos/Trumpsters making their opinions known. Here’s a sampling of the only headlines of calls to action on gun reform that we’ve spotted in a variety of newspapers across the state, just to give you an idea.

Law-abiding citizens should oppose gun violence
It’s time to do something about guns
Send a message about gun violence in November
It’s time to regulate guns of war
Shooting a deer with an AR-15 is dangerous for humans
It’s time to rethink weapons
Violence plagues society
I’m a retired soldier from Davenport. Take AR-15s out of civilian hands
Vote Against Gun Control Opponents
Americans want new gun laws
18 is too young to buy an assault weapon.
It’s time to act on guns
Assault weapons are weapons of war
And so on…

Are the political winds turning? Are we reaching a tipping point? Change is in the air.

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