By KATHY PAULE SCHNELL
As first lady of Iowa, Christie Vilsack traveled all over the state visiting upward of 500 libraries, championing the cause of literacy. As a teacher and librarian she has been in a position to help bring the future to Iowa’s children.
My own short stint as a teacher taught me that anyone who can get up in the morning to face a room full of other people’s children is no coward.
Iowans have a proud history of leading the way in so many areas and yet we have fallen behind in this: Along with Mississippi, Iowa is one of only two states which has yet to send a woman to Washington.
Please don’t miss the irony of this statistic: A state with the proud history of leading the nation in literacy on a par with a state with one of the lowest literacy rates. I appeal to the voters of the new 4th District to look the future in the eye and send Vilsack to Congress.