Experts are perplexed that Iowa ranks second in the nation for cancer rates, behind Kentucky. Ours is the only state that showed an increase last year, according to a report from the Iowa Cancer Registry. New cancer cases are double what they were a half-century ago.
Art: thank you for writing about reality! This is NOT the Iowa to which I moved from north Missouri in the late 1960s, nor is it the Iowa about which I was proud to report about on WHO Radio in Des Moines, as well as on KRNT Radio. Iowans have always been a bit insular. Iowans are generally stubborn. But when the chips were down, Iowans worked together to produce good results. It seems to me that as a people we have become too self focused, rather than concerned about conserving what we have and making it better for the next generation. We may not have either a productive land for crops or air. We need to act. We need to work together. We need to focus on what is important: education, the environment, and the individuals who will be our future.
Born 1946, lived in IA until 1969 (off to the Navy)~ I only have memories cause this state is nothing like I remember.
Write a feel good story sometime, Art. You’re a little grim at times.