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Don Chapman
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April 13, 2011 - MidWeek
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The mail goes on

Regarding Dan Boylan’s column last week, in the event of a shutdown of the federal government, the U.S. Postal Service will continue normal operations. As a self-funded independent agency of the Executive Branch, the Postal Service does not shut down if a government closure occurs. The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses, and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

Consequently, a federal shutdown would not have any impact at all on the delivery or processing of mail and would not affect the operations of any Post Office - certainly a silver lining in the potential dark cloud that would be created by a shutdown.

Duke Gonzales, APR Corporate
Communications Specialist, U.S.P.S.


A poor war record

Regarding recent MidWeek columns on Barack Obama and Hilary Clinton’s Libyan adventure by Jerry Coffee, Roger Simon and Pat Buchanan - each well worth reading - here’s a thought:

When was the last time the United States actually won a war? World War II? With Korea, Vietnam and Iraq, we’re 0-for-60 years, and not exactly looking like victors in Afghanistan.

The USA may indeed have the world’s greatest military, as we’re often told, but it has been very poorly and unwisely used by our leaders. All the strength in the world doesn’t matter when stupidly brought to bear. Stupid would be waging three Middle Eastern wars-of-choice at one time.

Surely they’re trembling in China.

D.A. Ryan
Downtown

Don’t kill Gadhafi

Roger Simon writes that the U.S. should assassinate Moammar Gadhafi. Unless he directly attacks the U.S., it would not be our business to do so. Let their own people assassinate him if they wish.

Julian Leo
Honolulu


Rail reality

Let’s say it like it is: Rail is for jobs, nothing else.

On a recent visit, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said, “This (rail) project is too important at this point for the jobs that will be provided.” He called the project a “jobs program” - never mind transportation.

It’s the special interest groups, the developers and the unions that want to stick it to the people with an ugly elevated steel monstrosity like in Brooklyn or Chicago. And we cannot afford it and have to borrow the money, with a fair certainty that we can never pay it back. Even if the Feds pay something, they also have to borrow it - from China.

Pat Lohr
Honolulu

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