Thank you, civil servants

December 27, 2010

This morning at 5 a.m. as I lay under my electric blanket listening to the wind howl, I heard another sound — the snow plow, driven by one of the town employees. At other times, I've heard the sound of jackhammers at 3 a.m. as the public works department employees repaired a broken water main. My garbage gets collected rain or shine, snow, cold, heat, etc.

Last February after three snowstorms in eight days, two of them blizzards, I read on-line gripes posted by people from their warm homes complaining because their streets weren't plowed fast enough.

I've come to the conclusion that many of my fellow citizens know the price of everything and the value of nothing. They want the services, but they don't want to pay for them. And they want them now!

Would any of the gripers work for nothing, or not be unhappy if their wages or benefits were reduced?

To Professor Raymond Hoff ("Civil servant: We'll keep working for you, even if you don't appreciate it," Readers respond, Dec. 26) and to all the civil servants who keep the wheels of civilization turning, often under difficult conditions, thank you.

Craig Herud, Aberdeen

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