Branstad has been in office too long

The Gazette Opinion Staff
Published: March 31 2014 | 1:22 pm - Updated: 1 April 2014 | 10:22 am in

Gov. Terry Branstad and I have a lot in common. Were both 67-year-old white males, native Iowans, raised on family farms and registered Republicans. We both attended the University of Iowa. Branstad went on to become a lawyer and career politician. I went into farming.

After his 2010 re-election, Branstad said that he never looks back. As an older Iowan, I look back all the time.

I remember an Iowa without state-sponsored gambling. A state with family farms instead of factory farms. Vital small towns everywhere with diverse manufacturing industries.

I remember streams, rivers and lakes in which people could swim and fish. A pheasant season that actually had pheasants. I remember when Iowa students led the nation in test scores. I remember roads and bridges that were well maintained and even passenger trains that went 100 mph.

Ive been married to the same woman for 40 years. Branstad says my marriage is threatened by gays and activist judges. Funny, I dont feel threatened by any of that. Im willing to grant everyone the same rights and privileges I enjoy.

I think Branstad has been in office too long. I dont think he can see his own part in the problems of this state. This year, Im voting for Jack Hatch for governor.

Jim Walters

Iowa City

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