adult building business clean
In appreciation for the many diverse helpers in our communities.

I’m so sick of the nasty, insulting, vicious attacks on patriotic Americans and public institutions coming from Trump, his administration and followers that I decided to highlight and thank some of the people who do necessary work but are seldom recognized.

Let’s start with the fellas who pick up the garbage. Sure they get paid, but they do a stinky job so we don’t have to haul the stuff away and dispose of it. They deserve many thanks. So do these folks in no particular order of preference or importance:

Maintenance workers who take care of jobs that most of us can’t or don’t want to do—mowing lawns, weeding, cleaning gutters, painting, refurbishing roofs, mopping, etc.

Visiting nurses who care for disabled folks

EMTs who respond to medical emergencies.

Firefighters who are at risk for injuries and their lives (especially in California these days).

Librarians who have to deal with decreasing funds and increasing costs for books and services.

Mail carriers—you know the old creed “`Neither snow nor rain nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” Frankly, I’m always grateful for their deliveries of letters, packages, and even the “junk” mail (which can be recycled!)

Public school teachers who practice their profession amidst growing obstacles brought on by state and local governments’ lack of interest and funds.

Volunteers (young and old) who are unpaid and help out in civic or religious efforts for the elderly, homeless, environment, animals, housing, peace, literacy, and many other beneficial programs.

Veterans and the military who have served with honor (unlike the POTUS).

At Pacific theater memorial
A volunteer from the U.S. Air Force helps a veteran visiting memorial sites in Washington, D.C.

I’m sure anyone reading this can add to this list. But at least it’s a start.

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