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Letters on public servants, Crisman Ruby Awards, insurance problems

April 19, 2016 at 4 a.m.


Thanks, workers

Across the country and here in East Texas, federal, state, county and local government employees serve us every day. Throughout the year, but especially during Public Service Recognition Week from May 1 to 7, we should gratefully acknowledge them.

I want to publicly acknowledge the good work done by 324,807 active and retired federal and postal workers that call Texas home.

At a time when much of the talk about federal employees is biased or uniformed, let's use this week to talk about what federal employees really do. They work alongside our military at home and abroad to defend our country. They conduct cutting edge research to improve health and prevent disease. They regulate food and drug products to keep us safe. And when natural disasters strike, they are there to provide relief and help us rebuild.

Despite popular belief, 85 percent of federal employees work outside Washington, D.C. Across this country, federal employees help seniors get their Social Security benefits, guide airplanes safely through our skies and care for our veterans and wounded warriors.

Please join me in recognizing their important work.

Marshall L. Richards, Hallsville (Richards is vice president of the Region VI National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association)

Thanks to Crisman

On behalf of my sister, Waynell Crisman Kuhlman, and myself I want to thank everyone who was involved with the Ruby Award dinner for Crisman School. It was absolutely the nicest evening and fund raiser! A lot of time and energy went into the evening, which made it so special.

Thank you to Crisman School for selecting us to be honored that evening, along with our lifelong friends, Kathi and Mike Holbert (news story, Jan. 16). We had a wonderful crowd of friends and supporters. Many I had not seen in so long. It was like a mini-reunion.

Thank you to the Crisman School board of directors, Ruby Award Committee and the staff of the school. You all truly did an amazing job with everything and in seeing that the school continues to serve the needs of our young people that have learning disabilities. Waynell and I are so very humbled by being honored at this year's Ruby Award dinner.

Brenda C. Liverman, Longview

Insurance scam

I have had the same insurance company over 25 years. I have always paid my payments yearly and never filed a claim. I had a new roof put on my home 20 years ago. Last month a major storm and flood hit East Texas. We were all affected in my area.

I filed a claim. They came right out. The claims adjuster said I needed a new roof. We will get you a new roof. "You will get a check in the mail," she said.

I waited one week, two weeks, two-and-a-half weeks. I get a check in the mail for $2,000, not $8,600 like I was told. Then they say all kinds of things to verify they are right.

How can scams be like this? If I had known, I would have filed for federal assistance. Now, I know why my neighborhood and others still have blue tarps on their homes for over a month after the storm. Insurance would not cover or help, so why continue to pay to have to fight them when you need them?

Suzy Kruse Latham, Greggton

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