Todd Dorman’s column on Nov. 5, “Brains Will Drain From Red Iowa,” saddened me.
The issues he mentioned aside, it is his spirit of haughtiness, condescension, and clear disregard for his fellow citizens with whom he does not agree that saddens me. If we are ever to be in civil conversation again this must change. I love healthy debate in our democracy over the issues that face us. Politics is where the values of our nation are debated. When we cast one side as deplorable, such was the tone of his article, we cheapen our democracy.
Iowa is a great state, red or blue. Humility, respect, grace and kindness should be in play for all of us regardless of our color scheme. This does not mean that we downplay our very different visions for our state and country. But it does mean that in our conversations we do not demean one another. Could it be that we disparage the other side when our arguments are weak?
I would love to ask Todd to leave our state. To be one of the young and talented brains that leave. But alas, he is neither. I would love to say something like that. But that is not kind, respectful or gracious. You see, I am setting the stage for a different dialogue. One that we are so desperately missing. Todd, stay and continue to contribute with your pen. But love your state. Respect her citizens. We deserve it.