As a local corrections deputy here in West Michigan, I want to thank Congressman Bill Huizenga for recently introducing the HEROES Act.


This bipartisan bill supports first responders, members of law enforcement — including corrections officers — and health care workers fighting on the front lines against the coronavirus.


It does this by creating a four-month federal income tax holiday. Every day my brothers and sisters in law enforcement go into harm’s way, not knowing what to expect. That uncertainty is increased in the current environment.


In corrections, the virus has created new challenges and requires new protocols to protect the health and safety of officers as well as inmates.


With everything seemingly poisoned by support or disdain for the president, I am glad to see our congressman put forward a common-sense proposal that has garnered support from both Republicans and Democrats. Congress has an opportunity to lead on both the response as well as our nation’s recovery.


I am glad our representative in Washington is answering this challenged by recognizing the courage and sacrifice of medical professionals and first responders who are making a difference, whether they serve in West Michigan, Metro Detroit or New York City.


If more policymakers took this approach to legislating, I believe we would see better results at all levels of government. Congress should pass the HEROES Act and present this worthwhile legislation to President Trump as a way for the federal government to acknowledge those who protect, serve and save lives in communities across the nation while risking their own in the process.


Joe Walker


Hudsonville