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Letters to the Editor 12/17

December 27, 2001

Letters to the Editor 12/17



Great concert



To the editor:

Thursday evening was a "first" for Fahrney-Keedy Retirement Community to have the opportunity to welcome the Williamsport Community Band. What a marvelous Christmas concert it was. I am taking this way to extend the thanks they are due from village, apartment, assisted living and nursing residents.

For all of us, it was all of the carols we have enjoyed for many years. As I sat listening, I could go back in memory when we used to tramp through a foot of snow or more, singing our hearts out with just one trumpet, or maybe a clarinet, or an oboe or two.

This time, we sat comfortably listening to the skills of one who played excellent trumpet, watching a superb drummer and his partners add their excellence to the program, viewing the French horns that added so much for me, and hearing the oboe in some of those beautiful carols.

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The director was warmly friendly, and the emcee was helpful with his description of the pieces they played. They even played John Philip Sousa's Farewell March with Christmas jingle bells, and I have some very fond memories of his music marches.

Their salute to America on the eve of Dec. 7, now more than 60 years in the past, was a beautiful tribute as the band played the Armed Forces Marches. Fahrney-Keedy has residents who served back then in all the services except the Marines at the moment, and our emcee saluted them.

Residents whom I transported in wheel chairs to the program voiced their enjoyment as I returned them to rooms, and all whom I passed in that process said that they hope they will return in the future. As a Brethren Volunteer Service worker here in our home, I called all of our villagers just to remind them to come and enjoy a Christmas evening with us.

I was proud of the 24, counting myself as I counted them, that added to the total 80 we managed to get into our combined dining room/multi-purpose room along with the approximatly 45 members of the band.

Thanks to all of you.

Olive Peters
Boonsboro




Tie postal raises to profitability



To the editor:

On Nov. 8, Postmaster General Potter requested $5 billion in taxpayer funds from Congress to offset USPS deficits. Our government had allocated $175 million following Sept. 11. Since Americans are funding this, they should have input into accountability.

Last year, $200 million in bonuses were paid to USPS managers/supervisors nationally. This year $124.5 million will be paid out. The USPS claims this is needed, alleging managers do not receive pay raises, locality pay or cost-of-living allowances. Managers can receive annual pay raises based on performance. They can enjoy other benefits if managerial associations negotiate them. Managers had cost-of-living allowances before, but lost that in negotiations. USPS craft employees (mailhandlers, carriers, clerks, etc.) don't receive locality pay or annual bonuses.

The USPS claims the criteria for bonuses is "not a measure of whether or not the Postal Service is profitable in a particular year. Rather, it measures our net operating income after deducting the cost of all the assets that generated income." (USPS News @ Home, Vol. 1, No. 4) How can any firm justify paying out bonuses while it loses money, all double-talk aside? (Washington Post, 12/5/01, Page A4).

Congressman Walter Jones (N.C.) is sponsoring House Resolution 144, which outlines a sense in Congress that such payments should not be made to USPS management staff in any year the USPS is not profitable. If you support this idea, contact your elected officials in Congress. Americans should get what they pay for from government.

Forrest R. Fauber
Martinsburg, W.Va.

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