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Letters to the editor, July 21


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Hypocrites and the 'Rule of Law'

I find it amazing how Hernando Today's guest columnists can ask the "Black Community" to accept the Zimmerman/Martin verdict, which has been given by six American women. They say it's the "Rule of Law."

Our president was elected by millions of American voters and these columnists have yet to accept him. Aren't elections the "Rule of Law"? What a bunch of hypocrites.

Julius Ricks

Spring Hill

Inaccuracies about the Postal Service

As a letter carrier for 33 years I must take issue with the inaccuracies conveyed in Norman Pallot's recent letter to the editor. First of all, the U.S. Postal Service receives zero tax dollars to operate, nor does the shortfall contribute to the national debt.

Most Americans are unaware that in 2006 legislation was passed requiring the Postal Service to pre-fund its future retiree health benefit plan 75 years in the future and to do it in 10 years. What this means is that the Postal Service is paying those benefits for people who will be working for them decades from now but who haven't even been born yet! No other business - public or private - has had this kind of burden placed on it.

Secondly, Mr. Pallot states that UPS and FedEx are more efficient than the Postal Service. He is probably unaware of the "last mile" program. Every day, UPS and FedEx trucks drop pallets of parcels on Postal Service docks all across the country for letter carriers to deliver to addresses that are not cost effective for those two companies to service.

The Postal Service also does not add a fuel surcharge or charge extra for Saturday delivery, as those companies do. The Postal Service does not discriminate against customers based on their address; it serves all people across the country and is therefore quite efficient in its delivery system.

What would happen to UPS' and FedEx's profitability if they had to service all areas across the country?

Another act of Congress is just what we need. There are two bills currently waiting for co-signers in order to be heard in both the House and Senate. Sen. Sanders (I-VT) and Rep. DeFazio (D-OR) introduced S.316 and H.R.630, respectively, that deal with postal reform, including fixing the pre-funding of the health benefits, returning the surplus and making the Postal Service profitable again.

I urge all readers to call their congress persons like Mr. Pallot suggests, but to tell them to fix the pre-funding problem that has caused 80 percent of the Postal Service's fiscal crisis.

Jerry Lonergan

Spring Hill

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