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June 06, 2003

Praise the troops then cut our vets?



To the editor:

On behalf of veterans I am tired of talking about how we should respect our men in Iraq while at the same time they cut vets' benefits.

And if the American people believe this war was for anything other than oil they had better wake up.

We are supposed to be bringing democracy to the Middle East. But if someone says something bad about George W. you are unpatriotic.

I am a 13-year veteran and I think George W. is one of the worst presidents in history.

They wanted to impeach Bill Clinton for lying about illicit sex. Let's talk about our heads of government who said we have proof of weapons of destruction. Show us the proof.

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Some lawmakers asked for an extra $365 million for Medicare for the elderly. G.W. Bush said they did not have the funds.

But at the same time, we give billions of dollars to Turkey and Jordan, etc., just to be our friends.

My point is when you talk about being unpatriotic, is it really someone who does not like war or one of our politicians and business people making millions off of war?

Roger Harris

Falling Waters, W.Va.




Service lacking in local post office



To the editor:

I am writing to address an issue that has deeply concerned me and I believe that it is worth making the public aware of.

First of all, may I say that I am very proud to be an American. I love my country and when our president declared that we were going to war in Iraq I wanted to support that decision and the troops we sent.

My husband is a local pastor and we had recently made a trip to Germany, at which time I was able to meet and make friends with many of our military families serving in Europe.

I contacted my friend and through her direction we were able to get the names and addresses of 130 men who were on the front lines defending our freedom and the freedom of the Iraqi people.

We asked our church members to help us fill boxes for the service members, which they did with willing hearts. Our members filled a total of 56 boxes. Two other churches, not in our area, agreed to help with the remainder.

With one phone call, Super Shoes provided all the needed boxes, and were a big help. As the boxes were returned, it was thrilling to see how folks had sacrificed and been so willing to be a blessing to our troops.

We wrapped the boxes, pre-addressed all the required postage forms and called the post office (as I was told to do before arriving with so many packages) I had previously been advised that they could not handle that amount at Hagerstown's Northern Avenue branch, and that we would have to take them to the main post office.

When I called, the employee I talked to seemed irritated that I had so many packages, and informed me that I would have to take at least 20 to the branch. So I followed the directions given me, and when I arrived at Northern Avenue they did not want to service me either. We loaded the boxes back into the van and proceeded to the downtown office.

Upon arrival at the main post office in Hagerstown, I was greeted by a not-so-friendly employee who informed me that he only had to process 10 packages per day, and since I had 56 packages that I should spread it out over several days. I was very surprised, that this fact had never been mentioned in all the conversations with both branches, I guess I had a hard time believing that any red-blooded American would not want to do everything they could to help our troops maintain their morale in wartime.

At this point, I was quite frustrated and a very helpful and considerate postal worker by the name of Alan Martin offered to handle our packages. All of our packages. He did all he could to accommodate us and was kind and friendly also. He certainly was a help and we were able to mail all our packages to the troops.

I have always thought that our post office was a business to service us. I was appalled at the fact that some workers had such lazy attitudes and seemed more worried about themselves and the work that they would encounter (by the way I believe that they are quite well paid for the services). We spent more than $350 that day to mail our packages and we're willing to do that for our service personnel who've done so much for us.

What is America coming to? May God help our United States Postal Service to remember that they are supposed to be a service to us, not for us to accommodate them. I certainly would not complain as much each time they increased the postage rates if I felt the folks being paid to serve there were willing to do their jobs.

Bonnie Moore

Hagerstown

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