We understand that it's an election year and the politicians are stumping all over the place, but still, it was encouraging to see Iowa Governor Chet Culver and U.S. Senator Charles Grassley visit Cherokee earlier this week - Grassley on two occasions.
Culver, a Democrat, flew into the Cherokee Airport to discuss the "Iowans For Iowans" program. Culver's focus for the stop was to inform victims of this summer's floods and heavy storms that up to $7.5 million will be provided for homeowner assistance, up to $7.5 million for business assistance, and up to $5 million for unmet needs totaling up to $20 million. While acknowledging the damages wrought by Cherokee's frequent flooding and sever storms this spring and summer, Culver said affected Iowans are urged to register with FEMA as the first step in application process.
Grassley, a Republican, was special guest speaker for the weekly Cherokee Rotary Club Luncheon, also including the invited Cherokee Kiwanis Club at Danny's Sports Spot. The Senator spoke briefly after the luncheon and answered questions from the clubs on several topics, including education, immigration, national economy, jobs growth, and the national debt.
Grassley also accompanied State Senate hopeful Republican Bill Anderson to Cherokee the next day in an appearance at the Cherokee Community Center. He, too, acknowledged Cherokee's recent flooding and storm damage.
For our community to be personally recognized and visited by these two political heavyweights can only serve to benefit Cherokee in some way or ways in the future, with both men speaking of their fondness for Cherokee and its people.
Speaking for everyone choosing to live in this fine community, we unequivocally say to the Governor and Senator, "Don't be a stranger!"