Letter: In honor of all the federal employees

May 2, 2013 

Across the country and in the Tri-Cities, federal, state and local government employees protect and serve our nation. To honor them, May 5-11 is Public Service Recognition Week.

I personally express my support for the current and retired federal workers in our area, state and nation, and for those civilians serving in "harm's way" overseas.

The list includes Department of Energy government employees at Hanford and in the Federal Building and at DOE's Bonneville Power Administration; but, what about those in the Social Security Office in Kennewick, the post offices and the air traffic controllers and security screeners at the Tri-Cities Airport?

There are others with agencies such as the Department of Agriculture, Department of Interior, Defense Department and the Army Corps of Engineers.

If you checked the weather forecast this morning, thank National Weather Service. If your child played with a toy today, thank the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. If you travel to a national park this summer, thank the park rangers who help families create lifetime memories.

Many of the services we rely on, are made possible by America's federal work force. While we may not know all that our federal worker neighbors do for us, I hope they know we appreciate their service to our country.

DON BINDER, Tri-Cities Chapter of National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association

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