Letter: Being poor is not a qualification for office

Does anybody else have a problem believing Congressman Rod Blum when he says that he lived in a house with dirt floors and chickens in the attic?

I was born on a farm in Kansas in 1935 when farmers couldn’t grow crops to even feed their livestock and dust storms turned day into night. I take a back seat to no one in coming from a poor family, but we never lived in a house with dirt floors. And, anyone who has ever raised chickens would never think of putting them in the attic.

I served in the Iowa Legislature for eight years and never once thought that being poor when I was young was any qualification for elective office.

Jane Teaford

Cedar Falls

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