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Disagrees with letter writer

March 4, 2012
Terry Metz, Marshalltown , Times-Republican

There is an old saying that "a good story is often ruined by the truth." This thought came to mind when I read Don Crowley's letter to the editor alleging Representative Smith and Senator Sodders are to blame for the Canada/Texas Pipeline and the Alliant Energy Plant not being built.

Mr. Crowley voiced complaints about the power plant shortly after Alliant dropped the plans for it building and then advanced those concerns during the 2010 election. Now he is at it again. That is a good story Don, but it is not the truth.

I have known Mark Smith for 25 years and his support of and work for the Alliant Energy Plant is well documented. So was the support from Senator Sodders. Mr. Crowley never mentions why candidates he supported do not have public comments on record with the Iowa Utilities Board. He never mentions that his beliefs are not supported by the executives of Alliant Energy and he never checks to see if his view is supported by the Iowa Buildings Trades which both pressed for the building of the plant and supported Representative Smith and Senator Sodders.

It is unfortunate that both of these opportunities are not available for central Iowa laborers. However, the blame does not lie with Representative Smith or Senator Sodders. You, the readers, might want to consider what Mr. Crowley did or didn't do to support these expansions and job opportunities.

The Feb. 26 Chamber Digest carried a feature about Dr. Banz and a quote about his first job being in on a hog farm and that he "will probably never do that again." Are these the types of jobs that Don Crowley wants available for the people of this area?



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