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Over and over, Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks states that clean water is a priority. The House voted and, sure enough, her priority went down the drain along with the steady flow of contaminants, undetected. Voting against regulating dangerous chemicals in our food and drinking water in the "PFAS Action Act of 2021" she neglected her constituents again.

The 2nd District cities of Bettendorf and Davenport contain the second highest concentrations nationwide of the man-made chemicals known as PFAS. According to testing commissioned by the Environmental Working Group, the contaminated water does not breakdown and it’s dangerously harmful to our health. More consistent findings by the EPA found higher cholesterol levels.

Had Iowa Republicans, Miller-Meeks, Rep. Ashley Hinson and Rep. Randy Feenstra, supported the legislation and protected their constituents as we expect, they would have allowed the EPA to begin regulating the chemicals and cleaning up contamination. With 23 Republicans voting in favor, Democrats passed the legislation 218-183.

The point is, Miller-Meeks makes claims that sound good but it mostly ends right there. Her statement in her recent op-ed from the "Oskaloosa Herald" confirms her mendacity: "In a time of deep partisanship, clean water should be an obvious policy area where lawmakers can collaborate." Hmm. One would think so. But she has no such intention.

Dave Bradley

West Liberty

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In November 2006, in a letter to the editor, I pointed out the Rock Island mayor’s appointments to boards and commissions did not reflect the city’s minority residents in proportion to the population.

Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks has supported a few House votes, but not the legislation that matters most. House Democrats passed the "John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2021" without Republicans. It’s the second time Miller-Meeks has opposed expanded voting rights legislation, voting against the "For the People Act."

Wake up, Iowa! Your penchant for voting for Republicans is endangering our democracy. The Republican majority in the Iowa Legislature voted for restricting Iowans' ability to vote, even though our last election was fair and fraud-free. The bedrock of our democracy is our ability to elect our leaders.

"Once a government is committed to the silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear." This was said by Democratic President Harry Truman.

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