Letter: Town hall meeting full of talking points

I read The Gazette’s April 11 article “Ernst finds crowd in Elkader willing to talk and listen” and had to wonder why — or whether — you sent a reporter to her town hall. The article could have been written based on a phone call or a visit to her website for all the uninformative propaganda it regurgitated straight from the horse’s mouth.

First, rather than describing the overall sentiment of the crowd, the reporter lets us hear from Ernst that “One thing I’ve heard about the Affordable Care Act is that it is not so affordable.” Yes, that is one cherry-picked thing I am sure she has heard — from her party speaking points list. I did not attend the town hall, but based on other events I have attended, I am willing to bet most people at the event voiced support for the ACA.

Next Ernst tells us she will “hold Betsy DeVos accountable.” I have no doubt that she will, in fact, continue to support DeVos and all of President Donald Trump’s other appointees (the term “nominee” suggest something other than a majority party line rubber stamp for one after another).

Finally, we “learn” that she thinks Sen. Chuck Grassley did a great job (after blocking moderate Merrick Garland from getting a hearing for a year in hopes of packing the Supreme Court) of holding a hearing for Neil Gorsuch, in which Republicans changed Senate rules to force Gorsuch through. Please start reporting more than just party talking points.

Andy McCollum

Mount Vernon

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