To the editor:
As a resident of north central Iowa, I have seen our local economy struggle in recent years. For example, having fewer family farms has forced Iowa's agriculture sector to adapt. Meanwhile, the renewable energy sector has grown, particularly wind and ethanol, helping the small, rural communities that make Iowa such a wonderful place to live.
Because of redistricting, my congressional interests will be the responsibility of the person elected to represent Iowa's new 4th District. I am pleased to support Christie Vilsack in her bid for this important congressional seat. She recognizes how vital it is to have a strong renewable energy sector. The comprehensive energy plan she announced last week is sound. She is committed to growing local economies by creating jobs for the future. Best of all, she understands how to work with people on both sides of the aisle.
Vilsack's energy plan is innovative and aggressive. It begins with the creation of an energy council that will shape our country's energy policy without the gridlock of politics. Iowa companies will gain the certainty they need to grow and create jobs.
Unfortunately, Rep. Steve King regularly puts Washington politics before Iowa's local interests. Several times, he voted against extending the wind production tax credit. One time he missed a vote to expand biofuels. That is not the kind of representation I want in Washington. I want a leader who regards wind and biofuels as cash crops for our region and then shows up when needed votes are to be cast.
Christie Vilsack will put Iowa's economy first. We need her bold leadership as we face economic uncertainty and rising gas prices. I applaud her plan to build our local economies through a comprehensive approach that creates jobs in the 4th District.
Joy M. Newcom