Cumberland Times-News

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November 4, 2012

City public service workers filled vital role after storm

Some small public service can be big enough to make a difference in our lives. The morning after the storm provided an example worth mentioning.

My wife and I woke up with a big tree straddling our driveway, immobilizing both our cars and us. We had earlier given away our power saw and a few people we thought might have one were unavailable.

Our situation was not dire, and we were well supplied. But our age and the unpredictability of both the storm and my health produced a nagging concern.

A telephone call to the Public Works Department in Cumberland removed our anxiety.

Within an hour and a half city workers left only kindling wood on the edge of the driveway. They also checked the status of numerous other trees on our lot.

My personal needs were miniscule, hardly worth mentioning given the huge storm-related needs elsewhere. What is worth noting and remembering last week (and in the future) is that public service employee sometimes perform vitally important functions.

We saw vivid examples of that. All too often we minimize, and sometimes disparage, the role of city, state, and workers in our lives. What they do may sometimes seem small, even humdrum.

But we never know when our need of them becomes very important. Sandy should surely remind us of this.

We might also be grateful for their less dramatic service to us, day in and day out.

John Wiseman

Cumberland

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