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Updated: November 14, 2013 6:22AM



Postal Service worth saving

The U.S. Postal Service continues delivery mail during the Republican government shutdown. USPS finances are generated by postage sales only and receives zero tax dollars. The Oxford Strategic Consulting Firm ranks the USPS as the most efficient in the industrialized world. However, the USPS is facing its own shutdown as Republican legislatures are steering mail service toward privatization.

This is being achieved by Congress’ 2006 mandate for the USPS to shell out $5.5 billion a year to pre-fund retiree health care fund to year 2081. The mandate does not have anything to do with improving mail service but everything to do with bankrupting it. The postal rate increase set for 2014 is the result of the onerous $5.5 billion mandate.

Leave it to Tea Party shills for corporate money influence. They don’t care about government, public service or the USPS.

The 2014 midterm elections are imminent.

Jose DeJesus

Highland

Obstructing democracy

Democracy in its simplest form is rule by the majority and that is exactly what the Affordable Care Act is. The ACA is a result of the will of the majority of the American people, passed into law as the result of democratic procedure as established in the Constitution.

What the Republican Party is attempting to do, using the shutdown, is to bypass democratic procedure to force the will of a minority onto the majority by use of threats. By doing so, the Republican Party is refusing to recognize the legitimacy of the established democratic process and they are displaying outright contempt of the very core principles of democracy.

The ACA is not under attack and neither is the President. We are under attack.

Michael J. McGregor

Chesterton



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