As a former federal employee, I know that many, if not most, government workers work hard [“Budget ax creeps closer to reality for federal workers,” news story, Dec. 25]. Still, I had a schadenfreude moment when the story lamented: “Federal workers have become jaded after a two-year pay freeze and congressional fights over spending that keep agencies lurching from one stopgap budget to another.”

These are budget conditions that the private sector in much of the nation would kill for.

Patrick Kearns, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Calif.