The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Opinion

October 16, 2012

Readers support Loebsack’s campaign

CLINTON — If you’re still deciding which Congressional candidate to support this election, I wanted to share with you some information about jobs I find quite interesting.

While Dave Loebsack is working to keep jobs in Iowa, his opponent is not. Simply put, John Archer favors policies that have sent over 11,000 Iowa jobs overseas.

This is outsourcing at its finest, costing Iowa the good paying, consistent, middle class jobs Iowa was built on. The unfair, NAFTA-style free trade agreements that John Archer supports are not good for Iowa and threaten Iowa losing even more jobs to China.

Dave Loebsack, on the other hand, knows that Iowa workers are some of the best in the world and is constantly working to keep jobs here in Iowa, create new jobs, and ensure our workers are trained and ready for the jobs of the future.

Dave does not support the unfair NAFTA-style trade agreements that his opponent does and that cost Iowa thousands of good paying jobs.

Dave puts people, not profits first. Join me in voting for Dave Loebsack on November 6th to support Iowa jobs.

Highland Nichols,

Clinton

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For anyone traveling along Camanche Avenue in the last few months you may have noticed there has been some road construction.

With the national elections upon us I would like to remind everyone who brought home the bacon for the final phase of the two-year Camanche Avenue project.

November 16, 2011: The Clinton Herald reports that city officials were preparing to depart for Washington D.C.

The priority of the trip would be attaining a Tiger III grant.

The Tiger III grant will be the third round of such discretionary grants, awarded to innovate transportation projects that will help produce jobs. The U.S. Secretary of Transportation, Ray LaHood, wrote on his blog that $14.1 billion worth of requests poured in from all 50 states, but only $527 million is available. More than 800 applications were received.

November 23, 2011: The Clinton Herald reports Clinton Mayor Rodger Holm, along with city administrator Jeff Horne and Clinton Regional Development Corp. president and CEO Steve Ames met with U.S. Reps. Dave Loebsack, Tom Latham and Bruce Braley and Sens. Charles Grassley and Tom Harkin to drum up support for the Department of Transportation-backed Tiger III funds.

The city officials arrived home on Friday but their lobbying trip did not end there. Congressman Loebsack visited Clinton on Monday.

June 23, 2012: The Clinton Herald reports, “Loebsack Brings Grant”. Congressman Dave Loebsack on Friday presented Clinton Mayor Mark Vulich with a $2.7 million ceremonial check for a Tiger grant.

Yes that’s right, our Congressman, Dave Loebsack, brought the highly competitive     $2.7 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery grant home here to Clinton to be used for the final phase of the Camanche Avenue project. To everyone that worked on this project to help secure the funding to complete it my hat is off to you as well but ultimately it was Dave Loebsack who fought for and brought home the money to complete it.

So come election day when you are going to the poll to vote for who will represent you and me in the United States House of Representatives I hope that you remember who has our interests at heart and who will continue to fight for the needs of Clinton, Clinton County and all of the Iowa 2nd Congressional District.

Cheri L. Canier,

Clinton

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