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Thank a federal employee

Federal employees serve and protect us every day at every level across the country and in our community. At no time was this more evident than during the 35-day partial government shutdown earlier this year.

From ensuring safe air travel to regulating new medicines to maintaining a safe food supply to processing Social Security checks, civil servants are everywhere, yet invisibly so. And, contrary to popular belief, 85 percent of the federal workforce is located outside of Washington, D.C.

When natural disasters strike, they provide relief and help us rebuild. When mass shootings take place, they enter harm’s way and care for the wounded. And, when once-eradicated viruses reappear, they investigate public health crises. Whether they are in the public eye or active behind the scenes, civil servants take pride in working for something bigger than themselves.

At a time when the image of civil servants is unfairly tainted, and the idea of a career in public service is not on the minds of young professionals, it’s imperative that we recognize public servants and the noble profession of civil service.

As we celebrate Public Service Recognition Week, let’s thank a federal employee for keeping our country running safely, efficiently and for the good of the American people.

Steven Miller

Adelanto

They all want to resist

People, mostly Progressives, say there’s an emergency, and they’re right. It’s just not the economy they always try to denigrate.

In fact 260,000 newly employed and unemployment 3.6% (lowest since 1969). The problem is on our border, and all the Progressive office holders want to do about it is resist.

Clyde Dotson

Lancaster

Thank you

We had a house fire on March 18. Thank you to the unknown good Samaritan who called 911.

No one was home as our family was on vacation out of state. Thank you to Battalion Chief Lewis and all the fire personnel who saved our home from a total loss. Thanks to those drivers and their patience that were caught in the closure of Avenue M (Columbia Way) while the fire was burning.  

We would like to thank our wonderful neighbors, Fred Berrong and Ann Dollar, who called us immediately.

My father-in-law bought this land on a dirt road back in the early 50s and built a small house for the family. It was added onto several times to the current configuration.  

When he retired, we bought the house and raised our children in the home and now our grandchildren. We would like to express our sincere appreciation for the love and extreme kindness to all the staff and parents of Valley View Elementary School, especially Ms. Maze and Foot Prints Child Care Center.   

Our family has stayed very strong through this ordeal. We are rebuilding and even though it will take some time, the Big Yellow house on Ave M will be back.

Bill and Sharon Brown

Palmdale

Look at the ‘Fact Book’

To understand one of the main reasons the U.S. endeavors to topple the Bolivarian government of Venezuela, we needn’t look any further than the CIA’s Fact Book which reads, in part: “Social investment in Venezuela during the Chavez administration reduced poverty from nearly 50% in 1999 to about 27% in 2011, increased school enrollment, substantially decreased infant and child mortality, and improved access to potable water and sanitation through social investment.”

In other words,  it’s the example of a developing nation, in this case, Venezuela, using the revenue from its vast oil reserves for the benefit of its citizenry rather than in the interests of oil capitalists that threaten the U.S. Add to this the revolting Monroe Doctrine and the U.S. political state’s longstanding employment of white supremacy against indigenous peoples, and we see the emergence of yet another coup attempt by the U.S. against a democratically elected government.

To underscore all of this, we find that, in 1948, the U.S. State Department wrote: “We have about 50% of the world’s wealth, but only 6.3% of its population…. In this situation, we cannot fail to be the object of envy and resentment. Our real task in the coming period is to devise a pattern of relationships which will permit us to maintain this position of disparity….

To do so, we will have to dispense with all sentimentality and day-dreaming; and our attention will have to be concentrated everywhere on our immediate national objectives…. We should cease to talk about vague and … unreal objectives such as human rights, the raising of the living standards, and democratization. The day is not far off when we are going to have to deal in straight power concepts. The less we are then hampered by idealistic slogans, the better.”

Guy Marsh

Lancaster

It’ll never happen

Only in Washington can it happen. Since the Democrats lost an election they rigged and lost an investigation they rigged, now they’re preparing witch hunt #2.

Maybe they should try doing the job the citizens send them to Washington for and earn our tax money.

P.S. It will never happen!

Gerardo Hernandez

Palmdale

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