To the editor:
Rural Iowa counties are where a person can easily identify Iowa values.
Small towns and agricultural communities are where people know everyone in their township, where they vote for their neighbor for school board, volunteer in their school and church, encourage everyone to participate in the community events, attend school events even if they have no children participating and come together when a neighbor has a tragedy.
This is why it is puzzling that Gov. Reynolds wants to break up community spirit by inviting out-of-state charter schools to recruit students from the local school district. Republican efforts should instead be directed toward building up public schools so that Iowa values will endure.
A community is centered around its schools and churches. Let schools educate our young people, and let churches indoctrinate the community into the faith that they choose.