Hear remarks from Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard from an event on her first journey to Iowa since saying her bid for president, Feb. 11, 2019.
Joseph Cress, Iowa Metropolis Press-Citizen


Let’s all cease bickering earlier than 2020 race

I needed to mirror on my initial response to the newest declare of disrespect demonstrated by our elected leaders [Pelosi’s attitude toward Trump is disrespectful]. In fact, at first, I noticed purple and thought concerning the quite a few events our morally bankrupt president has stated something disrespectful.

However then I assumed, the place is this getting us? Another tally for our aspect versus their aspect? After reading this letter, and occupied with the reactions individuals might have, we are not any extra ahead in the issues that matter.

Objectively, our president has behaved disrespectfully on quite a few occasions, and the optics of Pelosi mock-clapping at President Trump at the State of the Union handle may be perceived as childish.

The underside line is, I am drained. Aren’t we all uninterested in the bickering? There’s so much noise and so little substance coming out of Washington today. Lets not add to it by calling out when the opposite aspect does one thing dangerous. It has been accomplished. In any case, a clever lady once stated “Once they go low, we go excessive.”

As an alternative of including to the noise, let’s dig deeper. Discover the issues hidden in the pandering political machines driving all sides, after which make the loudest noise you possibly can together with your vote in 2020.

More: Democrats should pair off now. It’s going to increase the chances of a robust 2020 presidential ticket.

— Andrea Reser, Urbandale 

GOP ladies broke the very best glass ceilings

In a current opinion, newly elected Sen. Claire Celsi claimed that Republicans in Iowa are waging conflict on ladies [Celsi: Republican war on women continues in Iowa]. As a Republican lady, I find this inaccurate, insulting and just sad.

It was the GOP who broke Iowa’s highest glass ceilings — the primary lady governor, the first female speaker of the Iowa House, the first lady Iowan U.S. senator  — but their gender shouldn’t matter. It’s their extraordinary management that has created higher insurance policies for all Iowans, including ladies.

GOP leaders have proven their dedication to making it easier to find a job in our state by putting in extra skilled training packages and focusing our tax dollars on growing schooling funding. They have also made it easier to be a small business proprietor by reining in out-of-management spending and retaining taxes low for all of us, together with entrepreneurs.

Plainly for Celsi, the tired rhetoric of the marketing campaign has continued on to the legislative session. Sooner or later, she ought to put away the marketing campaign commercials and get right down to the actual enterprise of governing. 

More: Celsi: Goofy payments take goal at tenure, Okay-12 administration

— Kathleen Downes, Winterset 

Democrats should permit for redemption

Hey Iowa Democrats, how about we just say no to these presidential candidates who reject the…