Letters to the Editor

Looking for a state where leaders do what's right

Todd Dorman’s Nov. 5 column about brain drain was intriguing.

I agree with Dorman, except I believe more Iowans of all ages, including me, will leave Iowa.

I grew up in a small rural town. I graduated with nine classmates. I loved growing up there and treasure my friendships from there. Those were Iowa’s glory days, when Iowans prioritized education, proven by Iowa’s first place in national educational scores. Iowa was progressive, wanting to improve the lives of everyone living here.

I miss those days and those leaders, who valued doing what was right for Iowans, even if it was hard or unpopular. My parents emulated those values, too.

I’m a UI graduate who has lived in several states. I was proud to say I was from Iowa, but, that has changed. I’ve been asked why Steve King continued to be elected, why Joni Ernst seemed like a Republican puppet, and why I still lived here.

My husband and I are two middle-age Iowa-educated professionals who will move to a state where leaders do what’s right regardless of politics. That won’t happen anytime soon here because most voters apparently approve of how the governor’s managed the coronavirus pandemic, which has killed over 2,200 Iowans.

I’m looking for leadership like on April 3, 2009, when Iowa legally recognized same-sex marriage. As dad said that day, a week before he died, “It’s about time.” I’m glad my parents, lifelong Iowans, aren’t alive to see what’s become of their home state.

Lori Flanigan

Tiffin

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