Letters to the Editor

Voters want polluters to pay for clean up

When it comes to water quality problems, the elephant in the room is the multinational pork industry. Iowa’s roughly 24 million hogs produce more than 30 million gallons of manure every day. Is it any wonder that most of our water is polluted with animal waste?

By not holding the pork industry accountable, the Republican leadership in Iowa has passed the cost of cleaning up our wanter onto taxpayers.

Exit polls from the November election, completed by Public Policy Polling, are telling, and the Iowa GOP needs to be listening.

1) Iowans believe in being part of their community; they value local control.

2) A whopping 73 percent of Iowans want the Governor and Legislature to act on reducing farm pollution runoff.

3) Sixty-six percent of voters indicated they were prefer funding education, infrastructure and clean water rather than getting a decrease in taxes.

It’s clear Iowans want clean water, but the polluters should pay to clean it up.

Now that you’ve voted, it is not time to sit back and relax. Now is the time to contact your elected officials to tell them to act on cleaning up our state. There is no down time in democracy.

Pat Bowen

Iowa City

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