Letters to the Editor

Make your voice heard in the caucuses

Iowans have a special privilege every four years. We get the first shot at framing the issues that are going to be debated in the next presidential election.

Take a look at the Democratic presidential candidates and support the candidate that speaks to you — even if you’re a Republican or an independent. When you support a candidate that speaks passionately about what you care about, your voice will be amplified many times during the next eighteen months.

For example, the climate crisis is a serious threat to Iowa and its agricultural productivity. If we don’t take action on this issue now, our farmers’ yields will continue to decline as the climate changes. This is bad news for all of us. John Delaney was an original co-sponsor of the bipartisan Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend bill that has been reintroduced in congress (HR 763) that returns pollution fees directly to all of us in the form of a monthly dividend check. This is a free market solution to a serious problem with bipartisan support.

I don’t know who is going to be the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee, but I want the climate crisis to be one of the top issues in the next presidential election. To make sure that our climate security is one of the top campaign issues, candidates such as Delaney, Pete Buttigieg, Jay Inslee and any others who make our climate a top priority are candidates worth supporting in the Iowa caucuses.

Phil Engen

Cedar Rapids

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