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Federal workers critical to nation

Public Service Recognition Week is from May 1-7. Across the country and in communities like Rapid City, federal, state, county and local government employees serve us every day. Please join me in publicly acknowledging the good work done by the active and retired federal workers in South Dakota.

At a time when much of the talk about federal employees is biased or uninformed, let’s use this week to talk about what federal employees really do. They work alongside our military at home and abroad to defend our country. They conduct cutting-edge research to improve health and prevent disease. They regulate food and drug products to keep us safe. And when natural disasters strike, they are there to provide relief and help us rebuild. Despite popular belief, 85 percent of federal employees work outside of Washington, D.C. All around this country, federal employees help seniors get their Social Security benefits, guide airplanes safely through our skies, and care for our veterans and wounded warriors.

During Public Service Recognition Week, please join me in recognizing the important work of the public employees in our community and thanking them for their service.

Bev Gollnick


Rapid City

Clinton should put Warren on the ticket

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This reader is writing in response to the May 1 column by Eugene Robinson, "Is a Clinton-Warren ticket next?" I've followed the Senate career of Elizabeth Warren and think she has done a good job working to help the average person (Republican, Democratic or independent) in her state of Massachusetts and in America at large with work on economic, educational and health-care issues.

I agree with Robinson that Sen. Warren would make a great running mate for Hillary Clinton for several reasons.  Robinson is right to cite Warren's work to "curb the excesses of the (Wall Street) financial system." Making Warren the running mate for Clinton would also be a great way for Clinton to get strong support from backers of Bernie Sanders (like this writer).

In closing, I would mention Robinson's commentary that tells how Warren has "...a compelling personal story of having risen from modest beginnings..." I urge Journal readers to read the 2014 Warren autobiography, "A Fighting Chance." Look for it at your library. It tells how Warren went from being a small-town girl in Oklahoma to being a fighter for average folks in our great country.

                                                                 David Nickel


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