Letter: Politics in the way of the old French Revolution
Op-Ed · January 17, 2014

In the annals of a last and cheap remark that cut to the quick the one of its issue, it doth merrily sound as if outgoing Iowa Department of Public Health Director Dr. Mariannette Miller-Meeks has well rivaled Queen Marie Antoinette’s loose-lip disregard of the suffering of the hungry poor who said, “If they have no bread, let them eat cake.”

Miller-Meeks’s loss-lip jab of these times added libation to a lack of cake with her remark about food stamps and folks using them to guzzling Mountain Dew. This witticism to make light of the load carried by some working poor apparently just came to her out of the royal blue. She later acknowledged that Iowa does not track the purchase of item, and she could not recall where she had heard it — a person in charge of the public’s health is apparently to just know such things about those people.

But does anyone know, as the guillotine blade was falling on Marie Antoinette’s neck, like Miller-Meeks did the queen insist, “It was totally voluntary; totally my choice, and I leave in good standing”? And is there any record that the designer of the device named after him, Dr Joseph Guillotine, had the same attitude about the swift operation of his equipment as Miller-Meeks boss, Gov. Branstad, expressed over her dispatch, “I don’t believe in holding people back when they have an opportunity”?

Sam Osborne, West Branch

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