My job often requires a 50-hour work...

My job often requires a 50-hour work week. I sometimes complain to intimates, but that's just the nature of the work. I never get thanks for extra duty. This brings me to local television newscasts, in which reporters of all sorts are thanked effusively by the anchor people for their work, which often amounts to only 30 seconds of air time. Are the anchors trying to teach us good manners, or is all this praise just an attempt at grandstanding for an honest day's work?

Ray Butler, Downey

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