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Iowa votes critical

November 1, 2012
Estherville Daily News

Iowa has been labeled a "swing state" in this year's presidential election, meaning votes here will be of critical importance on Tuesday.

Iowans have every reason to vote for Mitt Romney for president. Despite the carefully selected statistics incumbent President Barack Obama has set forth to bolster his candidacy, the past three and one-half years have been tough ones for many in our state.

Fewer Iowans have jobs than when Obama took office. More state residents live in poverty. Many of those who have jobs are taking home less in their paychecks.

Putting Iowans and other Americans back to work is Romney's top priority, and he has a solid plan to do that. Though his program includes a 59-point strategy, it has been distilled to five items during recent weeks:

It is a formula that can meet the needs of Iowans. They are many, after nearly four years of Obama's failures to make good on his promises:

Iowans should not have to suffer the economic trials and travails that have persisted while Obama failed to keep his promises. Romney has a better idea and a proven track record. On Tuesday, Iowans who want progress instead of promises should vote for Romney for president.

More alternatives equal cheaper energy

Iowa has become a leader in the alternative fuels industry, doing far more than our share to reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil. Using corn, the state can pump out 3.7 billion gallons of ethanol a year to fuel cars and trucks.

But residents of the Hawkeye State are practical-minded people who understand the necessity of an "all of the above" energy policy for the nation. Mitt Romney, the Republican candidate for president, has pledged to pursue just such a strategy.

Romney wants to increase U.S. production of oil and natural gas - and make better use of clean coal technology.

Two-thirds of Iowa's residents rely on power from coal-fired generating stations. That has helped keep electricity prices low, at an average of 7.88 cents per kilowatt hour.

President Barack Obama, on the other hand, has made no secret of his desire to cut back drastically on coal-fired power plants. Utility companies throughout the nation already have announced plans to close dozens of such generating stations.

It appears Obama would prefer Iowa and other states to turn away from coal and to "alternative" sources of electricity.

Californians have done that already. Only about 1 percent of that state's electricity is generated from coal. The average price of power in California is 13.59 cents per kilowatt hour.

Iowans already have embraced alternative energy - but are practical enough to understand clean coal needs to remain part of the mix. Romney recognizes that, too, and should be elected president to pursue a true "all of the above" energy policy.



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