Talented tradesmen help keep our country up and running
Dear Abby: America's tradesmen – plumbers, electricians, auto mechanics, roofers, masons and more – get very little respect. In fact, the only time these skilled professionals get our attention is when we have an emergency.
This lack of regard is leading our nation down an unfortunate pathway, as fewer and fewer young people pursue jobs in these professions. If we don't change our attitude about the worth of tradesmen, who will build our homes and schools, repair our cars, keep our water flowing and our power turned on?
On Sept. 21, we have a chance to thank a tradesman. The date has been earmarked as National Tradesmen Day. Everyone can participate: Drop a box of doughnuts at the job site near your home. Call your plumber and say, "Thank you for your help over the years." Invite a skilled tradesman to speak at your child's school. The ways to honor them are limitless. Abby, would you help to get the word out? – Jeff D. in Greenville, S.C.
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