Letters to the editor

Posted: May 6, 2013

Appreciating federal workers

Across the country and throughout the beautiful Northern Shenandoah Valley, federal, state, and local government employees protect and serve our nation and her citizens. To honor these workers and their service, May 5-11 has been designated as Public Service Recognition Week.

I am a federal employee who wants to express my support for the active and retired federal workers currently living and/or working in Virginia. I ask my fellow Virginians to join me by expressing their appreciation.

If you checked the weather forecast before going outside this morning, thank the federal employees at the National Weather Service who alert us to impending storms. If your child played with a toy today, thank the federal employees at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission who administer our toy safety standards. If you travel to a National Park this summer, thank the park rangers who help families create lifetime memories. And if you received your mail today, thank the U.S. Postal Service carrier who delivered it.

Many of the services on which we rely are made possible by America’s federal, state, and local government workforce. We probably don’t realize all that our government employees do for us, but I hope they know that I appreciate their service.

Ralph Hensley

Winchester

Prescient quote?

“This report, by its very length, defends itself against the risk of being read.” — Winston Churchill.

ObamaCare?

Peggy Corron

Gore