Health-care obligation destroying post office
Since the Postal Reform Act in 1970, the U.S. Postal Service receives no tax dollars.
Ron Bloom, who analyzed General Motors to help them avoid bankruptcy, was hired to analyze the Postal Service. His findings state if they continue on the same path, they will go under in 10 years! This is mainly due to: loss in first-class mail and the $5.5 billion retiree health-care pre-funding law passed in 2006, which requires 75 years' funding be prepaid over 10 years. No other federal agency or private company has this burden.
If the Postal Service goes to five-day delivery, they will lose the exclusive right to use your mailbox and all mail security will be gone. At this time, 90 percent of America's medicine is delivered by mail, six days a week. A large number of businesses depend on six-day delivery to conduct their business.
If privatized, who will want to deliver to our rural areas where there is less profit? Rep. Darrell Issa's short-term bill or Rep. Paul Ryan's plan will destroy the world's best postal service!
Please contact your representatives and senators in Washington and ask them to support long-term bills - HR 1351, HR 1262, HR 3591 and S 1853.
Helpful businessman suffering unjustly
I met with someone I consider a friend recently, a friend because he has always been there for the family in times of need, but I hadn't seen him in over 10 years, as I had moved away shortly after my husband passed away, where he once again was there for us.
I was aware of the fact that this person was put through some very trying times because the state of West Virginia and the county of Kanawha came down on him very hard for something he did trying once again to help someone in need. He did make a mistake, but did not steal or cheat anyone, as he was said to have done.
The gentleman I am referring to is Billy Surratt, the owner of Elk Funeral Home on Pennsylvania Avenue in Charleston. His business has suffered because of the negative publicity, but he is still open for services for anyone that has the need and the comfort of a very caring and helpful man. He takes his business seriously. As I said before, he is there to help any and all families when they need the comfort and understanding they most need.