Cumberland Times-News

Opinion

May 2, 2013

We owe thanks to federal workers for what they do

Across the country and in communities all over the state of Maryland, government employees protect and serve our nation.

To honor these workers and their service, May 5-11 has been designated as Public Service Recognition Week.

I want to personally express my support for the thousands of active and retired federal workers in Maryland and throughout this great nation of ours. Won’t you join me?

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.

No travel plans? Here’s something you can do from your own front door: If you received your mail today, thank the U.S. Postal Service carrier who delivered it.

As a retired federal worker at the Social Security Headquarters, I saw firsthand how dedicated the vast majority of federal workers are.

Are their some bad apples in the workforce — absolutely, but the vast majority of federal workers are just like you, people who are capable, hardworking, honest, and dedicated to serve the citizens of the United States to the best of their ability.

Many of the services on which all states rely are made possible by America’s federal workforce.

We probably don’t realize all that our federal worker neighbors do for us, but I hope they know that we appreciate their service to our country.

Richard S. Holmes

Baltimore

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