Letter to the Editor

Double standards

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

The recent news that J.D. Scholten accepted an invitation from KTIV for a debate and Randy Feenstra declined the invitation, reminded me of a guest commentary letter written three weeks ago by Senate District 1 Senator Zach Whiting and House District 2 Representative Megan Jones. The commentary makes claims that Theresa Greenfield doesn't care about rural Iowa, since she declined to participate in the forum hosted by the Spencer Daily Reporter, Spencer Radio Group, and Spencer Municipal Utilities. What's interesting is, Sen. Whiting worked for Congressman Steve King, who was notorious for saying no to events that included his opponent. One must be led to think that both Sen. Whiting and Rep. Jones now believe that Randy Feenstra doesn't care about rural Iowans as he will not participate in a debate that reaches a large number of the rural communities in Iowa Congressional District 4. 

I'll admit I'm a little biased, as I ran against Rep. Jones in 2018, and I was the former chair of the Clay County Democrats before a recent move to Hinton. I personally believe the only reason Sen. Ernst attended the forum was because the Republican party doesn't trust Randy Feenstra one-on-one with J.D. Scholten. This may also explain why he declined the invitation by KTIV.

In closing, I'd like to use the last sentence from Rep. Jones and Sen. Whiting's commentary, but change up the political office, name and surnames. We need a relentless fighter for rural Iowa in Congress. Feenstra's decision to ignore rural Iowa illustrates that he'll continue his pattern of empty rhetoric and dishonesty. 

Ryan C. Odor

former Spencerian, now residing in Hinton