Salute our federal workers

Editor, OBSERVER:

I want to personally express my support for the over 200,000 active and retired federal workers in New York state. Won’t you join me?

In Chautauqua County and the 147 zip code, we have more than 700 retired federal workers or their surviving spouses.

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. My former co-workers and I at the Social Security office helped clients file claims, did redeterminations of eligibility, and answered questions on Social Security, SSI, and Medicare.

Many of the services on which Chautauqua County and the rest of New York state rely are made possible by America’s federal workforce. We probably don’t realize all that our federal worker neighbors do for us, but I hope they know that we appreciate their service to our country.

ARNOLD F. ZDROJEWSKI,

National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association Chapter 267,

Jamestown