Letters to the Editor: April 17, 2013

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Postal problems


Is the postal crisis real or man-made? The post office would have made over $400,000 in 2012 but for a death-stroke bill passed in December 2006 mandating that within 10 years the post office had to pony up 75 years in advance all the health-care benefits of all the postal retirees. This burden costs the post office over $5 billion a year.

That kind of burden would kill any department, especially when it is regulated by a postal regulatory commission.

The post office had, before 2006, been paying the former expense on a year-to-year expense payment. Now the rules were changed by “the postal accountability and enhancement act 2006.”

A politician that I contacted about the severity of this law didn’t mention that law but tried to give the impression that the problem was that the post office had a mismanagement problem. So if there was severe mismanagement problems, why did the outgoing postmaster general receive a $5.5 million bonus in December 2010?

Local newspapers had better wake up before the post office keeps on closing sorting stations and offices. The papers will become history papers.

Keith Adams



RIP, Alex


Just a few words about my friend and co-worker at the hospital for about 20 years, Alex Chambers. He was a good man and worker. Her worked in maintenance where I worked in housekeeping. We all worked together for the hospital. There were days when I didn’t have money to buy my dinner, so Alex would buy me dinner. Thank you, Alex. Hey! Alex put your tools away and rest in peace. There wasn’t a day you didn’t see Alex working on something – pipes, machines, changing light bulbs. Goodbye Alex and “RIP.” Thanks for the rides home.

Tom Douglas


Student wants help


Hello! My name is Rebekah L. and I am a fifth-grade student at Harlan Intermediate School in Harlan, Iowa. My class is studying geography and the history of the United States. I was so lucky to draw your state – Kentucky. If you could, send me any pictures, a book and any other information about your state. My teacher, Mrs. Newlin, would like a car license plate for a school project, if possible. I really appreciate your time. Thank you.

Rebekah L.

Mrs. Newlin’s S.S. Class

1401 19th Street,

Harlan, Iowa 51537