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Letters to the Editor

August 27, 2009

Public can help fill the food pipeline



To the editor:

The ability to fill the pipeline of nutritious food to a community in need is a daunting task. There is a vast network required in order to ensure members of our community do not go hungry. One organization committed to this task is Food Resources Inc. Food Resources operates a 12,000-square-foot warehouse and distributes food throughout the community to nonprofit groups, food pantries, and through our Pantry on Wheels and Brown Bag programs.

We would like to invite the community to join us on Sept. 12, 2009, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. for "Striking Out Hunger," an awareness event at the Food Resources Warehouse at 220 McRand Court in Hagerstown. A donation of $10 per person and a can of food will entitle you to hamburgers, hot dogs, beans and other wonderful dishes prepared and served up by the staff, board and volunteers who graciously give of their time to this wonderful organization. The impact of a $10 donation is far reaching. It allows Food Resources to purchase 100 pounds of food. We will be conducting raffles and provide tours of the facility.

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Our mission is to not waste any food so we are asking that you RSVP to strikingouthunger@myactv.net and let us know how many will be attending. We hope you will take the time to join us and help Food Resources Strike Out Hunger in our community.

 

Dan Greenwald
Hagerstown
Secretary for Food Resources Inc.

Postal Service is the glue that binds country



To the editor:

I am very distressed at the talk of closing many post office branches, removing many mail deposit boxes off the street, and cutting back on the days and hours of operation of the United States Postal Service.

The United States Postal Service is the glue that binds this country together and it is the very last place that we want to cut back. Congress made a very large mistake a few years back when they decided to make the Postal Service a quasi-private business. Like most things that Congress has done to change what the founders of our country envisioned, it was a major blunder. The Postal Service has no reason to make a profit. The Postal Service is a basic service for all of the people of the United States, it was intended to serve the people, to bind us together and to facilitate communication and commerce.

I do not believe that the founders of our nation ever thought that the Postal Service would make money. In fact, I am quite sure that they knew that it would be a money loser. Just as I am quite sure that they never believed that the war department, or the state department, or the Department of Interior, or any other component of the government was going to make money! Remember that the postal department was important enough to our founders to have it as a Cabinet department in the executive branch. Our founders believed that the Postal Service was just as important to our welfare as all of the other departments of government; and they were correct.

Government services such as all government agencies provide were intended to be paid for and or subsidized by taxes; they were never intended to be money-making enterprises. Our founders rightly realized that for-profit businesses were the domain of private enterprise.

Who believes that if we allow the Postal Service to decline that anyone else will come to your home and or business every day with just one single letter if necessary? They will not unless they charge a fortune to do so, and if we allow the Postal Service to deteriorate there will be very large problems as a result. This country was better served when the Postal Service was a virtual monopoly than we are now. We cannot and must not allow the infrastructure of the Postal Service that now serves even the tiniest of villages to disappear. Once it is gone, it will never be replaced and there is nothing that will fill the void of the many services the Postal Service provides for us all in even the most remote and undesirable areas of our rural countryside and urban slums.

I call upon Congress to give up the folly of trying to make a business of government. Congress should restore the Postal Service to the status of a Cabinet department so that they can resume the role that was originally envisioned for them to perform and continue to provide us all with the world-class service that we expect and deserve from them.

 

Rodney Pearson Sr.
Keedysville

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