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May. 19, 2013 @ 11:10 PM

Post Office should be operated like a private business

In response to the letter regarding the U.S. Postal Service, I believe that what is occurring with the USPS is the same thing that is occurring throughout America: Companies and governments have promised benefits that they cannot pay for or no longer want to pay for. The U.S. Constitution "authorizes" the establishment of post offices and post roads; that is all. The government is not required to operate, fund or oversee the USPS. Congress only interferes with the agency's operations instead of letting them run their business, which they do without government funding.

When you have a quasi-governmental agency, there is going to be conflict since free markets and government operations have different philosophies. With the competition able to shift and change as needed, the USPS is not able to compete. Perhaps really freeing them from congressional interference would not be such a bad thing. Not like the 1970 Act that sort of gave the USPS freedom, but real freedom to operate.

Nearly 80 percent of the agency expenses are workforce related. If they want to reduce low volume offices or switch them to general delivery outposts, reduce staffing, hire part-time workers, or other actions that any other private entity could do, then they should. The U.S. government is nearly bankrupt itself. Who are they to tell the Postal Service how to operate?

BethAnn Earl

Huntington

Legislature keeps needed allergy meds available

Recently, I came outside to find a thin film of pollen covering my freshly washed car. Must be that allergy season is upon us again. Fortunately, what looked like a potentially agonizing spring is at least going to be manageable. That's because the West Virginia Legislature acted to keep over-the-counter medicine containing pseudoephedrine available without a prescription.

Although most estimates suggest that this year's allergy season is going to be brutal, consumers can take comfort in knowing that popular, safe and effective cold and allergy medicine containing pseudoephedrine will remain available and affordable. For those of us who rely on this medicine to stay functional during the worst of allergy season, this policy spells relief.

So thank you to the W.Va. Legislature for recognizing the desires of everyday West Virginians.

Richard McComas

Huntington

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