The unsung heroes of December’s ice storm were the employees of the U.S. Postal Service who never missed a day, although the private package delivery services faltered that week and throughout the holiday season.
The USPS is funded through postage sales, not tax dollars. It’s one of the few government agencies explicitly authorized in the U.S. Constitution. And yet, after 231 years of steadfast and trustworthy service, Republican lawmakers led by Virginia Rep. Tom Davis III passed the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act in 2006, which requires the USPS to pre-fund its pension benefits for the next 75 years at a rate of $5.5 billion annually.
It’s a crippling requirement designed to undermine the USPS. No other government agency has to fund pensions for employees not yet born. Instead of enjoying a $1.2 billion surplus — as it should — the USPS is now $20 billion in debt.
Privatization generates great wealth for a few at the expense of the many. Under the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act, affordable postage is destined to become a historical relic. We must allow the USPS to continue to do what it does better than anyone else.
— Judith Fairly, Weatherford
One of the charges of the U.S. government is to see that mail is delivered. I assume that has changed over the years because it doesn’t seem to be anyone’s responsibility now.
We’re bulk mail users. It’s vital to our business that the mail gets where it’s supposed to be at the right time. We pay higher and higher rates, and get less and less service.
It’s no wonder to me that we’re all searching for alternative ways to have our product delivered. With the post office, we can never be sure that our mail will be delivered.
We’ve gone from the dedicated, historic Pony Express to almost no service at all.
This season has been an example of poorly managed businesses being bailed out by taxpayers.
I hope solutions are soon forthcoming before we lose our mail service altogether.
— Wanda Conlin,
Another civil war?
The United States was founded on ideologies of individual liberty and limited government.
Slavery was a bastion of hypocrisy for the new nation; a civil war would result from this oversight.
Now, forced submission to political correctness and liberal ideology has become the new bastion of hypocrisy.
As the nation moves further away from individual liberty and limited government, America once again becomes deeply divided.
Philosopher and essayist George Santayana wrote: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
Will another civil war be necessary? Sadly, human nature does not change.
— Eddie Dunlap, Decatur
Dave Barry is funny
I tried for years to appreciate the “humor” of Dave Barry. I never could find much in his stuff that was really “humorous.”
I wrote off the problem as likely the result of my not being a native-born, honest-to-goodness, Fort Worth category of Texican.
So I was underwhelmed when I saw that Dave Barry was panning the year 2013 in Tuesday’s paper.
And I was quite surprised to see how much space you gave him to accomplish that task — one full page and a significant portion of two other pages.
But curiosity got the best of me and I went back to see how he handled it.
Wow! That was some of the best-done humor I’ve found all year. I laughed until I cried.
Thanks for helping to end the year with a smile! And a tip of the hat to Jack Ohman for some quality illustrations.
— James R. Cooke, Willow Park
The Dec. 22 news story by McClatchy’s William Douglas on “the worst Congress ever” was far off base.
We all know which Congress was the most stupid and idiotic of all time. No one could believe a Congress would pass a law before reading it.
Meddling and experimenting on a grand scale, the Marxists in lockstep passed a law to change our healthcare system, and then an ideology-driven president signed it into law, which cannot be changed as long as he is in office.
What the present Congress is having to grapple with is a very destructive law that the Republicans have opposed.
They also warned us of the unintended consequences of not reading and understanding what some intellectual progressive/socialist prepared as a law.
It is a law so written that it allows any interpretation, leading to chaos and tyranny.
The Douglas article was not only biased, but it misinformed the reader and the public.
— Joy V. Springer, Saginaw
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