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Stop complaining and thank workers

Thursday, December 30, 2004

Now that most of the snow has melted and our lives are returning to something approaching normal, it's time to give thanks to those who toiled long hours to maintain our roadways and deliver our goods and services.

I've heard ample complaints in the past week about roads left untouched by street workers, mail and newspapers undelivered, parking lots in shambles, etc. And much of that criticism was inappropriate.

You can believe what you want, but I know for fact that city workers in Sikeston put in long and hard hours when most of us were asleep, working on cleaning our streets and removing snow and ice. Same goes for state highways.

I know of newspaper delivery personnel who took their day off to deliver papers that were impossible to deliver a day earlier. And mailmen fought tough conditions to assure that mail was delivered, albeit late on some occasions.

I know many workers who arrived at work as early as 3 a.m. to make conditions better for shoppers. And the list goes on.

The point I guess is that it's far easier to complain than to understand the obstacles others face. Why moan that your section of street isn't cleaned of snow when all of the major thoroughfares were in fact cleaned long before you got out of bed in the morning. Consider that someone was up from midnight until dawn working in miserable conditions to make your life somewhat easier.

I've heard complaints about trash not being removed. Well I've driven some of those alleys and it's no wonder that no one could travel those narrow paths in decent conditions much less the conditions we faced this week.

In short, quit complaining and start appreciating the efforts that others made to make your life easier. I, for one, am thankful for those individuals who worked while I slept. And you should be too.

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