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Opinion Letters Local post office a lifeline for many

An article in the Asheville-Citizen Times states that the reason the Post Office is in financial trouble is due to a Congressional law, that requires the P.O. to pre-fund health insurance for its employees. They are expected to fund 75 years of costs in a 10-year period. This seem like an impossible task, insuring only that these expenses will cut dramatically into any profits the P.O. could possibly make.

I am curious as to why this was done and under what rationalle it was promulgated?

Certainly the P.O. or the P.O. Union can encourage some senator or representative to counter this unfair law. We cannot have the P.O. cut back on small offices around the country that serve so many senior citizens who no longer drive or are otherwise isolated from family, friends and businesses. Many older folks do not have computers to handle bill-paying and shopping and rely completely on the postal service.

This action might require longer rural routes, actually increasing costs. And consider the awful inconvenience of changing so many postal addresses!

Many legal papers are required by law to be served through the mail system, a tried and true service for many years.

Please reconsider any closings of small post offices, which will also put additional persons out of work in these poor economic times. I’m sure there are other ramifications that will come to light once the proposed actions are thoroughly studied.

Kay Coriell — Franklin, N.C.


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