Federal workers keep the country running

 

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.

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. Was the food you bought at the grocery store safe? Thank Department of Agriculture food inspectors. The medication you take is safe because of the Food and Drug Adminisration. And how about that flu shot that you got courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention?

Our borders are secure because of Homeland Security. Our airways are safe because of the TSA. Planes take off in an orderly fashion because of air-traffic controllers. Farmers have the latest technology to produce our food through the USDA. Health and Human Services makes sure we get the healthcare we need. The FBI protects us from criminals. The Secret Service protects our president and our monetary system. The IRS collects money to run our government. The FDIC protects our deposits should a bank fail. The Department of Education helps educate our children. Social Security helps seniors get their retirement checks on time, and Medicare provides them with healthcare.

I think you get the picture.

I hope that people appreciate all that federal employees do to make America safe, secure and the best country in the world.

Kim Newlin, National Active and Retired Federal Employees, Chapter 1405, Miami

Read more Speak Up stories from the Miami Herald

  •  
2005: Photograph taken the day Miami Dade School Boatd member Marta Perez met the late Maya Angelou at the 12th Annual 5000 Role Models of Excellence Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Unity Scholarship breakfast. Standing between them is the unidentified boy Perez introduced to Angelou, who died last week.

    Marta Perez: The day I met Maya Angelou

    As time passes, people who impressed us in our youth, and who we associated with immortality, suddenly die. It astonishes us because they were so vibrant in our thoughts. It causes us to reminisce of happy memories associated with them. Such is the case with the passing this week of Maya Angelou.

  •  
LeBron James

    Preach it!

    “It’s unacceptable in our league. It doesn’t matter if you’re white, black, Hispanic, whatever, all across the races.

  • Public Insight Network

    Gun-free zones can be defenseless targets

    It is about time that society recognizes that gun-free zones mean that, besides law enforcement, the only person with a gun is a criminal who has a multitude of targets unable to fight back. There is great truth to the NRA slogan, “Only a good guy with a gun can stop a bad guy with a gun.”

Miami Herald

Join the
Discussion

The Miami Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

The Miami Herald uses Facebook's commenting system. You need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment. If you have questions about commenting with your Facebook account, click here.

Have a news tip? You can send it anonymously. Click here to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald.

Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

  • Marketplace

Today's Circulars

  • Quick Job Search

Enter Keyword(s) Enter City Select a State Select a Category