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Don't rashly trash our public servants

A favorite "West Wing" TV show quote from Ainsley Hayes begins, "Say they're smug and superior. Say their approach to public policy makes you want to tear your hair out. Say they like high taxes and spending your money.

"Say they want to take your guns and open your borders, but don't call them worthless.

"At least don't do it in front of me. The people that I have met have been extraordinarily qualified. Their intent is good. Their commitment is true, they are righteous, and they are patriots."

The last day of the Legislature was Saturday.

I had the privilege of visiting this year, and I want to share this observation. It would be difficult to find a nicer, more dedicated group of people anywhere in the state.

I was in and out of the office of Sen. Mitch Carmichael, R-Jackson, that day, but I suspect what I observed crosses the aisle and spans the Rotunda - people quietly going about their business, doing their best to serve their constituents and look after the state.

You may not always agree with the results, but don't trash the distinguished public servants. Elected officials, staff and reporters all had a very important job to do, and they did it to the best of their ability.

Robert Phipps



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