Salem man praises Vilsack for his service to the public

To the editor:

There is sound reason to have faith in our government where there are steady hands at the helm.

Tom Vilsack has proven such a hand. Through two terms as Iowa Governor and another eight years as United States Secretary of Agriculture, Tom has never lost sight of his duty to country as a public servant.

Washington seems to do funny things to people. Not Vilsack. We never see his falling prey to the sensationalist headline-grabbing news cycle. Glitzy sound bites, a rush to the microphone and Twitter feeds are not his style.

When Vilsack appears on a news program it may not be glamorous but it is honest, factual and substantive.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is a vast, multi-faceted agency more complex than most can imagine. As an administrator, Secretary Vilsack has mastered the subject matter and remained focused on what is important to real people and the nation.

While he likely won?t talk much about it as humility guides his actions, Tom Vilsack has clearly had the ear of the President of the United States. Some see this as power. Vilsack sees it as duty.

Tom Vilsack is a model of public service in whom we can all be proud. Well done, Tom.


Dave Helman