Perhaps as industry anger over the progress of the investigation of Salmonella Saintpaul boils over, all of us need to remember words that Theodore Roosevelt wrote in a book entitled, The Strenuous Life.
The title came from a speech he gave as the Governor of New York when he spoke on April 10, 1899, in Chicago where he had been invited to address the Hamilton Club.
Basically the argument of public health authorities is that they are allowed to destroy industries and bankrupt the innocent in order to protect public health. But Theodore Roosevelt had another perspective:
No man is justified in doing evil on the grounds of expediency.
— Theodore Roosevelt
26th President of the United States (1858-1919)
The Strenuous Life: Essays and Addresses (1900)
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