Letters to the Editor

Abby Finkenauer should return donation

As a Democrat, I was willing to forgo Abby Finkenauer’s career politician ambitions and parroting to get Rep. Rod Blum out of Congress.

Look at Blum. His voting record against Iowans. Behavior. Limiting people’s rights to come to town halls.

Back to Finkenauer. I agree with the majority of what she says. I do think her message is too focused on her student loans when nine-tenths of Iowans are more concerned about Social Security. We must remember that Finkenauer’s actions are stronger than her words.

Finkenauer accepted a donation from Energy Transfer Partners — Bakken Access Pipeline. The pipeline does not run through her current state district and does not appear to be running through District One.

Secondly, Finkenauer’s donation acceptance states that she does not care about the environment, biosecurity in America’s breadbasket or Native American rights.

Long-term, Finkenauer’s acceptance says that her vote is always up for sale.

I am not going to vote for or against her. I will have one straight blue line with a skip on representative.

Finkenauer can earn my vote. She needs to return all of the donation to Energy Transfer Partners and any other questionable organizations from which she accepted donations.

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If they will not accept the return, I ask her to donate twice the amount to environmentally conscious nonprofits, to vow to do her research before accepting donations, and to vow never to take funds from companies that profit from harming our environment and our food supply.

Paige Penningroth

Cedar Rapids

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