Anguish, distress, woe, heartbreak, visceral pain. That’s what I felt when I read our town was considering dropping health insurance coverage for spouses and children of town employees.
These are our town employees. They are our family. They make sure our roads are safe, our water is clean, and our electricity is restored during bitter storms. They protect our families, put out fires, and rescue us. And they do it all, rarely hearing a word of praise or gratitude, because it is too easy to take for granted the numerous services they collectively provide. But one tangible way to show gratitude is by offering health insurance to employees and their families. And our town has happily always provided that.