LETTER: Thank government workers

Farm Forum

Across the country and in communities like Aberdeen, government employees protect and serve our nation. To honor these workers and their service, May 5-11 has been nationally designated as Public Service Recognition Week.

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 South 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.

Many services on which South Dakota relies 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 we appreciate their service to our country. One excellent example of the generosity of Aberdeen NARFE Chapter 584 is the yearly contribution to Alzheimer Research, which this year totaled $2,300.

I personally express my thanks to the active and retired federal employees in Aberdeen and all of South Dakota. Won’t you join me?

Mary Anne Krause