Letter to the Editor

Steve King and OMG statements

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Dana, Dana, Dana. Were you trying to get a conversation going with your Thursday, July 21's editorial, entitled "Steve King: It's what he does"? Upon reading it, I felt I had to respond. You ask "Why the great fuss? King makes an OMG statement about once a week... It's useless to repeat them all." I beg to differ. The people he serves have a right to know what he's saying. Do you see local school board meetings where someone makes an "OMG" statement? Are comments like this made in local city government meetings? No. Because at least here at the local level, people are courteous enough, and civilized enough, not to. Pardon me, but I'd really prefer my elected officials think before they speak. I prefer they act and conduct themselves civilly, and at a higher standard than the rest of the population. That they not make comments just to "get a rise out of people". Do purposely inflammatory statements and actions really represent, to paraphrase your closing questions, "being reasoned and responsive to his district"? Do such statements and actions go toward "achieving unity and diplomacy"? I was taught that "If you can't say something good, don't say anything". Perhaps Steve King ought to be a little quieter.