The government’s unsung heroes
The excellent obituary for Harold Denton should be read as a reminder of the dedication and competence that characterize hundreds, probably thousands, of federal government employees [“Nuclear regulator helped calm fears at Three Mile Island,” Metro, Feb. 22]. Mr. Denton was very special in his combination of quiet yet deep competence and dedication to his responsibilities in serving the public, along with possessing a disarmingly downto-earth demeanor.
Federal employees who carry out the regulatory directions of Congress to the very best of their abilities are always under fire for regulatory overreach, particularly under the present administration. Mr. Denton had been subject to that type of criticism. But he was recognized as a hero when he superbly controlled the potential disaster at the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant in 1979.
Let us not forget that there are many unsung heroes in the agencies of our federal government.
Kenneth C. Rogers, Gaithersburg The writer was a commissioner at the U.S. Nuclear
Regulatory Commission from 1987 to 1997.