To the editor:
At the Tuesday evening forum held on Sept. 25 at the Light of the City Center, Matt Alcazar, candidate for the Iowa House, accused Rep. Helen Miller of missing 20 percent of the votes cast this past year. That was a totally incorrect statement as the votes missed were in the 2011 session following her husband's death shortly before the session began. Actually, Helen missed 16 percent of the votes that year. In the 2012 session she missed less than 2 percent of all roll call votes.
If anyone has lost a spouse after a two-year long battle with cancer, a compassionate person would understand what a difficult transition it is to be alone in addition to the arrangements that must be attended to in the weeks following a death. Helen not only had a memorial service in Fort Dodge three weeks after her husband Dr. Ed Miller's death, but also a military service and burial at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. in February 2011.
Most important is the time widow needs to grieve. Anyone facing this situation knows that it is not an overnight process. Often the most difficult time is not immediately after someone dies but weeks later.
She needed time to regroup, renew herself, and refocus her energy on her job ahead. Rep. Helen Miller has done that hands down working non-stop for her district becoming an advocate for rural and agricultural issues. With her expertise and energy, she helped with the development of the ag park, creation of the biofuels testing lab at Iowa Central Community College, and the widening of Highway 20 to aid transportation and economic development.
We need Rep. Helen Miller back to represent District 9 in the Iowa House.