Governor, I’d like to chat.
Governor, I’ve been sitting here trying to find the words to write this. I know so many of my friends and community members disagree with what I’m about to write. I know there will be plenty of people commenting disputing and tearing apart every line I write. I know I’m opening myself up for attack.
And I still think it’s worth talking about.
Ms. Reynolds, I am a loyal follower of yours. I don’t agree with every decision you make. I didn’t and I won’t vote for you. However, I can respect how difficult your job is. There is no right answer. There is no way to make everyone happy – beyond just happiness, the decisions you and your administration make can make or break Iowan’s families and small businesses for months and years to come. I know you don’t take any decisions lightly.
Like I said, I am a loyal follower of yours. I watched every daily press conference you held for weeks on end in March and April and May. I have the state’s coronavirus dashboard pulled up multiple times a day. I watched trolls drag your name through the mud on Facebook live, accusing you of ruining small businesses when you were just trying to do your job. Your name has been raked through the mud in a way no one deserves.
The numbers don’t lie, Iowa is behind. Iowa is not doing well at all. That’s not a secret. The numbers are growing. Hospitals are surging. Flu season is coming. Pandemic fatigue has us at war with our neighbors and families. Iowa is in desperate need of a leader.
Where are you Kim Reynolds?
I don’t mean that to come off as inflammatory, truly.
I’m scared. I’m scared for my friends, my family, my neighbors, for total strangers. I’m scared and I’m looking for a leader.
Where. Are. You.
Where is the daily press conference now that we need it more than ever?
Do you remember the zones? The charts and numbers and monitoring tools? You promised me this was under control. You promised that there would be further closures if it was indicted. You promised that there was an entire team behind every decision you made.
Where are you now? Where is that team? Where are you now that over 30,000 Iowans are currently actively positive with the coronavirus? (see source here)
The good news is, I found you.
I’ve searched the news. I’ve searched your Facebook page and I found you.
I found you campaigning for Donald Trump.
I found you campaigning for Joni Ernst.
I found you campaigning for Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination.
I found your last press conference held on October 7th addressing Donald Trump’s COVID -19 diagnosis.
I found you at Donald Trump’s campaign rally in Nebraska.
I found you posted a video with Joni, the caption read, “On Duty for Joni Ernst!”
But Governor, who is on duty for Iowa? Now that we need a leader more than ever?
Where are the daily press conferences?
Ms. Reynolds, have you been in a COVID unit since the pandemic started?
You talk about all of the open hospital beds and ICU beds but do you have the nurses to take care of the patients in those beds?
Governor, I can easily see how many ventilators are available in the state of Iowa at any given second, but how many respiratory therapists do you have on standby to operate those ventilators?
Finally, I don’t know what I want from you. I don’t know if I want you to shut down Iowa, I don’t know if I want a mask mandate. I don’t know.
Ms. Reynolds, I don’t know what the right answer is; but you should know.
You have one of the most difficult jobs in the state of Iowa right now. I sincerely pray for you and your administration. I pray for our leaders to make the right decisions. I don’t want you to fail even though we don’t see eye to eye.
I just want you to show up for Iowa.
Sincerely, A COVID ICU Nurse
*To my followers, I’m aware this breeches my “no politics” promise I made to you. I felt it needed to be said. Please feel free to stop back tomorrow for regularly scheduled programming*