Letter: Thank you to public servants in county

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On the occasion of the holiday marking our nation’s founding, I hope the citizens of this community might join in acknowledging our friends and neighbors, the government officials and employees, town, county, state and national, who assure that we have safe drinking water, drivable roads, public-health facilities, and protected public lands, and who provide the many other services essential to our general safety, health and welfare. Working for many of the past 30 years under political ideologues intent on dismantling government — politicians who then blame underfunded and understaffed agencies for government failure — the individuals in our community who continue to honor public service above narrow private interest deserve our respect, our admiration and our thanks.
Bob Dorsett