Letter to the Editor

Questioning priorities

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Once again, Mr. Steve King continues to exhibit his inability to keep his constituents first. In the spring of 2017, I attended a legislative forum also attended by Mr. King. In his comments to the group, Mr. King talked about the greatness of the wall that was to be constructed. He also mentioned members of his family were interested in constructing that wall he had already drawn up plans for a great wall etc. A few weeks ago, Mr. King posted a picture of himself at the construction sight where sample walls were being constructed. All of this tells me he has a personal investment in the successful building of the wall.

Last week, I read an article that reported Mexico has not renewed grain contracts with the U.S. Mexico has chosen to get their grain need met through farmers in South America. This will result in millions of dollars lost for American farmers.

I was listening to a farm show yesterday morning. Among many topics discussed, one in particular caught my attention. According to this report, the USDA keeps track of the debt/income ratio for farmers nationwide. According to this report, the current debt ratio forecast is at 6:1. It was further reported that this ratio is similar to ratios recorded in the 1980s. And we all know what happened in the 80s to farmers.

And so, I have to ask myself, what has Steve King done to improve or even maintain income for the people in the 4th Congressional District of Iowa? The answer, friends, is zero. Again, Mr. King has his own best interests at heart and has done nothing to support those who live in his district. Mr. King has done little in his 15-plus years in Congress that benefits Iowans. Job performance at this level must have very high standards and Mr. King, by his own words and actions, has demonstrated that he is incapable of such high standards. It's time for him to go.

Virginia Kelly

Spirit Lake