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Letters to the Editor, Aug. 19

Keep postal service public

A special task force recently turned over recommendations for the future of the U.S. Postal Service. While we wait for the White House to process and release it, we should consider just how unique this American institution is.

Founded before our Constitution was written, the Postal Service currently delivers over 40 percent of all the mail delivered in the entire world. USPS is required by law to deliver to every existing address in the country, while charging a uniform rate that cannot exceed the actual costs of delivery. In other words, break-even. Imagine doing that while keeping up with the latest technology. And while it receives no money from taxes, Congress requires it to pre-fund health care coverage for its retirees far into the future, something no other agency or company is required to do.

Before saying that selling the U.S. Postal Service to a private company would be a good idea, take out your pen and list below all the companies you know that have existed for 243 years and will again, tomorrow, deliver nearly 500 million pieces of advertising, messages and merchandise. Something that big and efficient should continue to belong to all of us.

Richard Strahm

Medford

Thanks for the series

I want to thank the Mail Tribune for its recent series on humanizing the current administration’s policy on immigration and the tragic impacts of the separation of families.

As a granddaughter of immigrants I have some personal knowledge of the heartache of leaving your home and searching for safety and a better life. My mother heart aches for their suffering. My knowledge of the impact of trauma on brain development and emotional resiliency makes me hope that somehow we can make reparations for the damage we have caused. Being forcefully abandoned by those you love, compounded with no truthful explanation or counseling defies logic and compassion.

We in the Rogue Valley have the privilege of appreciating the benefits of a diverse society. We need hard-working people and strong, caring individuals and families of all nationalities to feel welcome here. Strong families make strong communities.

Voting is one way we can make a statement of support or change for policies and the direction we are headed. I will vote to protect children and for the principles of a strong democratic society that places value on people — all people.

Nancy Cavanaugh

Central Point

Comrades at the gates

Within the past week, some “useful idiots” around the country have donned T-shirts which state “I’d rather be a Russian than a Democrat.” First of all, what’s the difference between a Russian and a Republican? From what I’m seeing, not much.

I’ve witnessed American political naiveté in the past, but anyone who would favor communists (no such thing as “former” in my book) over their own countrymen deserves what they get for bearing such a message. Between Korea and Vietnam alone, approximately 95,000 U.S. troops sacrificed their lives fighting communism. These T-shirts are an insult to those good people.

One thing I actually do find hilarious is that Republicans love guns so much. There are no gun rights in Russia. (Perhaps our “comrades” just want to enjoy their guns while they still can?) Along with the other rights they take for granted, I’m sure our “lackey in chief” has been given a termination plan, by way of Vladimir Putin.

I’m beginning to change my mind regarding the 1950s McCarthy investigations and the concurrent House Un-American Activities Committee. Flaws aside, maybe they had the right idea all along. This time, start at the top.

Andrew Kubik

Ashland

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