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Show appreciation for our public servants

Dear Editor:

“Pitkin County Commissioner Michael Owsley challenged the county Wednesday to come up with initiatives to assist U.S. military veterans locally,” reported The Aspen Times on Thursday. This is a timely challenge given the rising number of returning or currently serving military personnel who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.

The number of folks in first-responder professions (such as police officers, firefighters, paramedics and emergency medical technicians, nurses, doctors, even social workers and school teachers) who struggle with PTSD also is climbing. In addition to long hours, difficult working circumstances, slashed budgets, suppressed wages and questionable job security, these folks report a real sense of calling to work that would leave most of us in a quivering heap.



We talked about this recently at a church council meeting. In hopes of truly sharing our appreciation, we will offer a special worship service at 9:30 a.m. on May 27 at the Basalt Community United Methodist Church, 0167 Holland Hills Road, in compassionate Basalt. “For Those Who Serve – Locally, Globally, Nationally” will include recognition of selfless service and a community potluck brunch following worship. Everyone – and especially those who have offered themselves in this type of lifework – is invited.

Mr. Owsley, thank you for your challenge. Expressing appreciation is only the beginning of what we as a community could be doing for those who lay down their lives every day for their neighbors. Let’s work together to create many concrete expressions of gratitude and support in the weeks and months to come.



Rev. Marie Gasau

Basalt and Thomasville Community United Methodist Churches


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