Letters to the Editor

California is an embarrassment to the nation

The September 19 Gazette editorial, “Iowa holds an embarrassing spot on national stage,” expresses dismay that Iowa, through its “stupid and hateful” legislation, has fallen victim to California’s self-righteous statutory prohibition on government-funded travel to states that fail to indulge the various mythologies of the LGBT movement. It is the fault, you see, of Statehouse Republicans, that Iowa law bans the use of public funds for transgender care. “This is yet another sign of Iowa’s sinking national reputation,” claims The Gazette.

I will sidestep the debate over the propriety of surgical manipulation of human anatomies intended to assuage various perceived dysphorias. But I do object to Iowa having to decide its policies on the use of public money based on fear of the wrath of virtue-signaling legislators in a distant state capital run by a ruling Democrat political monopoly.

California has its own severe problems and, by its own doing, is its own embarrassment to the nation. Despite its abundant physical charms, it is increasingly a social and economic disaster, with its punishing tax rates, outlandish housing prices, crumbling infrastructure, inability to care for its homeless population, city sidewalks littered with hypodermic needles and human feces, and infested with rats and once-rare Third World diseases.

I have twice lived in California and, by the grace of God, will never do it again. California legislators can spare us their finger-waving pieties, attend to their own problems, and let us handle ours.

Dale Fitzgibbons

Cedar Rapids

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