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Our View: For those who do the day-to-day work: Thanks

For the cop who works the night shift ... the janitor at Northern ... the conductors on the trains that run on the Hi-Line ... the clerks in the convenience stores ... the wait staff at area restaurants ... the technicians who keep our cable television running properly ... the reporters who do their jobs and take the flak .... the nurses who care for the sick … the farmers who provide us food ... the sales clerks who work part time ... the traveling salespeople who never seem to get home on time ... the government bureaucrats who do their jobs and tire of the undeserved bad rap they get … the teachers who educate our youngsters … .

To all these people and many more who work hard at the everyday jobs and keep the Hi-Line running as it should, we thank you all.

This weekend, we will celebrate Labor Day. Other holidays mark an historic event or honor a particular person. This is the day the rest of us are honored. Not the investment bankers or the CEOs, but the folks who keep the trains running on time, the people who make our society work.

There have been some rough times for the middle class in the past few years. First of all, there are fewer of us in the middle class. More people are sinking into poverty. And those remaining in the middle class have a tougher time paying the bills. We are working longer and harder. We are getting less recognition.

But the importance of what we do is greater than ever. We are the greatest country in the history of the Earth, but all the high-tech wonders, all the high-falutin military equipment, all the economic expertise is useless unless we have people who can plow the snow, janitors who can clean the CEO's office or air traffic control officers who can ensure that planes land safely.

On Labor Day, let's stop for one moment and pat ourselves on the back. The history books won't mention the blue collar workers who make our society run, but we know in our hearts that the greatest nation in the world would stop in its tracks if those who labor for a living were to stop for just five minutes.

Let's pay special tribute to those who will be laboring on Labor Day — those who will be feeding our elderly, standing at watch to fight fires and protecting children from abuse.

We don't all know each other, but we have built a great society.

Thanks to all of those who work unnoticed, but get great satisfaction — even if not great pay.

Thanks to one and all.


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