Letter: Respect pride in working for nation



Bernard Vail’s Sept. 7 letter, “Government pay rarely passed up,” causes me to take up a strange new weapon — the pen.

Vail writes that “Any government job is better than working for a living.” Vail should go before the Gold Star Mothers Club (established after World War I to provide support for mothers who lost sons or daughters in the war) and explain that their sons didn’t work for a living. Then he needs to visit some of our national cemeteries, such as Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, the Punchbowl national cemetery in Hawaii, or any of the many cemeteries in Europe and observe the gravestones of all those people who “never worked for a living.”

Following that, Vail needs to come home and write a letter of apology to all government workers.

Walter Rittereiser