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Letters to the editor, April 4

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Stand with civil servants

It's a challenging time to be a federal employee, but as president of Chapter 254 of the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU), I can attest to the dedication of our nation's civil servants, even in the face of threats to cut their pay, their benefits and their jobs. ederal workers in small towns and large cities all across America are committed to serving the American public.

Whether they protect the border, process tax filings, catch financial scammers, keep the air and water clean and safe, or inspect new food and medical products, these employees deserve a fair wage and the necessary resources to carry out their missions.

Indiscriminate budget cuts and across-the-board hiring freezes only hamper their ability to deliver vital public services. For example, the members of NTEU Chapter 254 are part of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and they are concerned that citizens of Texas will be severely impacted by these proposals.

We urge our fellow Americans to stand with us to protect the integrity of the civil service and make sure government functions efficiently and effectively for everyone.

David Arvelo,

Active citizens

In regards to "Denton mayor addresses streets, other issues" during State of the City event, DRC (March 30): Being an active citizen is exhausting.

And active citizens who actually show up for meetings and hearings and write letters to the editor do not get paid for it. Ever. At least I do not.

Nor anyone I know.

We just love our kids and our town and we live very near the state of being unemployed or irreparably ill. There is a history in this town of calling active citizens "complainers."

It happened again in response to the State of the City per this quote: "People complain, but then they don't come to things like this." It is not helpful to democracy or the democratic process to call active citizens complainers.

Please find a more congenial and less derogatory term. Please encourage a change in thinking.

I am grateful to the city folks who get paid to show up. I am even more grateful to the city folks who do not get paid -- the active citizens.

Janice Heidlberger,