The Ottumwa Courier

Local News

February 21, 2013

Grassley fields tough questions from Albia High School students

Senator asked about gun control, debt, immigration

OTTUMWA — High school students in Albia aren’t afraid to ask tough questions, and U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley isn’t worried about answering them.

Grassley had planned meetings with Iowans in 16 counties during the U.S. Senate’s February recess week. On Wednesday, he visited Albia High School and conducted a question-and-answer session with the students.

The first student asked the senator about gun control and what measures he would prefer.

“My vote allows to keep the guns,” he said. “But, we won’t ban the guns, but we want to make sure felons are in a database.”

Grassley said 13 states are now reporting felons due to recent mental health killings.

One student said she knows a woman who has bouts of depression and wants to protect herself. She wondered if the woman, age 30, could buy a gun.

Grassley said the woman should be able to buy a gun unless the records say she can’t have one.

U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin has announced he will not seek re-election in 2014, and a student wanted to know if Grassley was going to do the same when he’s up for election in 2016.

“I haven’t decided,” he said. “It’s too early to decide. Right now we’re working on the economy.”

Another student asked if Americans are going to get out of debt.

“I wish I could say yes,” Grassley noted. “I do want manageable debt. We did pay down 12 years ago.”

What’s important to do is review the year and have year-to-year analysis of how money was handled. Then the government has to be conservative for several years, according to Grassley.

What about illegal immigrants?

Grassley said new citizens from different countries want the liberties Americans have.

“If I hear Americans griping, I remind them of how good we have it in the U.S.,” he added.

New citizens from different countries are happy about the liberty in America, and they appreciate it more, Grassley said.

Being a citizen means privileges, freedoms and carrying the responsibility to vote, pay taxes and “do what we can to improve.”

Does Grassley golf, fish or do other activities that promote citizenship?

“I live life to be an example of citizenship,” he said. “I have opportunities, I make laws and sometimes I make mistakes.”

1
Text Only
Local News
  • 0731 OTT Aviation plane -T -M Flying free OTTUMWA — The financial obstacle may have been removed if your career goal starts with learning to fly. "We have it set up for three terms, about nine months," said pilot and chief flight instructor Darren Graham at Indian Hills Community College. "

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Supervisors discuss pipeline potential KEOSAUQUA — Van Buren County Supervisors received preliminary, general information on a new pipeline being proposed to carry oil from North Dakota through Iowa, including Van Buren County, then crossing into Illinois. The proposed Bakken Pipeline wou

    July 30, 2014

  • Fairfield stabbing suspects' trials separated FAIRFIELD — The three people accused of dragging a man into a Fairfield apartment before robbing and stabbing him have had a judge grant their requests to separate their trials. Dawn Dunn, Dustin Roll and Brett Hedblade are each charged with willful

    July 30, 2014

  • Local business donates grain rescue tube KEOSAUQUA — Stockport Elevator, owned by Roquette America, donated a grain rescue tube to Birmingham and Stockport Fire Departments. A training session was conducted Monday, led by Dale Ekdahl, a representative of Outstate Data, LLC, the device’s man

    July 30, 2014

  • Where do my taxes go? OTTUMWA — Wapello County Board certified its tax levy. But what does that mean? Based on budgets submitted by various levying authors, the Wapello County Auditor prepares and certifies the levy rates for the county. Budgets for each levy are based on

    July 30, 2014

  • OCSD releases elementary supplies list

    OTTUMWA — For years, parents of the students in Ottumwa's elementary schools have had to check to make sure the school supplies list they grabbed was the right one for their school. No more.

    July 30, 2014

  • Reducing runoff at the local level AGENCY — Pollution isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when you look out at a field of Iowa corn or soybeans, but there’s growing concern about what manages to get out of the fields and into the water. The same nutrients that benefit the crops c

    July 30, 2014

  • Supervisors wrestle with staffing woes KEOSAUQUA — Van Buren County Supervisor Chairman Bob Waugh says he wants county supervisors to help alleviate staffing problems within the county treasurer’s office. In May, supervisors opted not to replace a vacancy within the treasurer’s office. Va

    July 30, 2014

  • 0730 OTT Better Buildings -T -M Wildwood could be your home OTTUMWA — There was always one child per class who just adored school. If they went to Wildwood, they may soon be able to move in permanently. The Ottumwa board of education met Monday, where staff told them where the district stood as far as "facili

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • A changing roster -- for school board OTTUMWA — If the last time you saw your board of education was before Christmastime, the current school board might surprise you. Two members retired from the board: longtime educator Ron Oswalt stepped down, as did board president Carol Mitchell. Bo

    July 29, 2014

Photo reprints


Obituaries

Facebook