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

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