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Re-elect Cindy Axne in 2020

Congresswoman Cindy Axne is a champion for rural Iowa. Sure, her district (IA-03) includes Des Moines, Indianola, and Council Bluffs, but she represents us all. For Axne, it’s not about urban v. rural, it’s about getting things done for the people of Iowa. Party affiliation is important, but Axne isn’t afraid to compromise or find the bipartisan “right answer.” Unfortunately, not everyone knows just how busy Axne has been representing us. Local coverage often doesn’t include the congresswoman’s many, many accomplishments. In fact, most of the local political news has been focused on David Young (Axne’s likely opponent in 2020). So let’s correct the record and update everyone on the work of southwest Iowa’s favorite congresswoman.

Axne sits on two very important and Iowa relevant committees (Agriculture and Financial Services). She’s been leading the charge in Iowa flood relief — securing $3 billion in aid funds. Axne also helped pass renewable fuel tax credits, a wind energy tax credit, and has been a strong voice for consumers on the House Financial Services Committee.

Most importantly, Congresswoman Axne shows up. She visits each of the 16 counties in the 3rd Congressional District every month. She walks into local businesses to shake hands and holds town halls so her constituents can share what’s on their mind. David Young may have won every county except for Polk in 2018, but if we want a strong rural voice in DC, we’ll all need to work together to re-elect Cindy Axne in 2020.

Gregory Christensen

Council Bluffs

Iowa needs more independent, local farmers

When the Des Moines Register prints “many rural towns are dying, but a new pork processing plant in northwest (Iowa) offers hope” they fail to mention why rural communities are dying in the first place, nor the negative effects this slaughterhouse has on our community and environment.

Rural communities are dying because of the factory farm industry. They exploit our rural communities by extracting profits to big corporations — meanwhile leaving us with the pollution.

According to Food & Water Watch over the past three decades, Iowa counties that sold the most hogs and had the largest farms had declining county-wide incomes, slower growth in median household income and declining numbers of local businesses compared to the statewide average.

Slaughterhouses and factory farms are a cancer not a cure — what we really need is more independent local farmers that create vibrant rural communities. Not corporate owned factory farms and slaughterhouses that extract profits from our rural communities and leave us with the pollution.

Shannon Walker

Iowa CCI member


How long must we wait for clean water?

Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, Food & Water Watch, and Public Justice have filed a lawsuit against the State of Iowa because we have waited long enough. Voluntary measures and the outdated Master Matrix for factory farm construction are pipe dreams based on a hope that factory farm owners will “do the right thing.”

Except we know otherwise.

Iowans have had to deal with a steady, alarming increase in impaired waters as we try to enjoy and recreate in our numerous lakes, rivers and creeks.

Impaired waterways also raise concerns with what is actually in that water. Are Iowans safe from nitrates, e. Coli, microcystin toxins and antibiotic resistant matter?

Measurable and meaningful limits that are monitored are what keep our highways safe as we drive. Rules about no smoking in restaurants and public places keep us protected from second-hand smoke. What industry gets to operate without monitored, meaningful and measurable pollution controls?

It is time for Iowans to be assured that rules and procedures are in place to protect one of our most vital and necessary resources. Water is life. We demand it is protected and cleaned up.

Brenda Brink


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