Letter to the Editor

CommStock Response

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Normally, I can agree with the views of David Kruse and The CommStock Report about two thirds of the time. His Nov. 30 column ("America was built by immigrants") was no exception. The Heartland and the coastal regions of America differ considerably. We flatlanders don't mind being referred to as fly-over country. What do metros know, anyway? For the most part, we really don't want to be overrun by folks who don't share our work ethic, love of God and country, and respect for law and order. To us, Des Moines is a big city and Los Angeles is a world unto itself.

Yes, I can agree that immigrants built America, and for the most part, they are very hard working souls. He makes a good point when he says that we'd be paying much higher prices for fruit and vegetables without immigrant labor. We begin to go our separate ways when he uses the last two paragraphs of the column to get in his licks against Congressman Steve King. For me, the key word Mr. Kruse used was "interpreted," as in the notion that coastal dwellers (maybe David also) have interpreted the congressman's comments about immigrants and those in the caravan as racist remarks.

It is blatantly unfair to characterize the heartland in general, and Congressman King specifically, as displaying a particular animosity toward refugees and immigrants. I've listened in person to Steve King's rhetoric on immigration, the wall, people trying to move on through Mexico and not follow a process for vetting. He doesn't have a problem with folks doing things legally. Surely Mr. Kruse doesn't think every person in the caravan is fleeing persecution and needs protection and asylum. It's not too hard to see where many folks are in their 20s, male and haven't missed many meals. The continuing re-election of Congressman King, to me, is more of a testimony to his desire and track record of trying to do things legally than to just cave in to the views of protesters and pundits.

Bill Kersting, Spencer