Letters to the Editor

Gov. Reynolds has overstepped her emergency powers

The Iowa Constitution allows for the governor to take emergency action when it is not feasible for the legislative process to address an issue in a timely manner. In March the COVID-19 virus came to Iowa. The governor took emergency actions ordering business closures and stay-at-home recommendations for those the governor viewed as non-essential. Those actions were perfectly legitimate due the dire predictions put forth by the experts.

Eight months later, we now know more about the virus and which people are high risk and which are not. The governor still is acting on emergency orders. We now have other levels of state, county and local government, as well as many school districts, all acting like they have unlimited powers and we must obey.

It is time for the Iowa House and Senate to come back into session. The House and Senate are the elected officials who represent the people of Iowa. It is their job to define the rules that all levels of government must follow. We cannot allow our elected officials from the governor to our local city council to act like dictators, ordering us to obey and suppress our God-given liberties.

Tim Borchardt

Iowa City

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