The post office: a public function worth preserving We...

June 09, 2000

The post office: a public function worth preserving

We at the U.S. Postal Service realize this new electronic threat is serious ("Can the postal service survive a digital age?" editorial, May 22).

We are also aware that congressional help is needed because we are hamstrung by mandates that make it difficult to compete with new e-commerce messengers.

Americans everywhere should be committed to the survival of a public postal service that delivers mail everywhere in this country, not just to selected cities.

But there are those who are intent on paralyzing, restricting and deregulating the Postal Service. In this manner they hope they can either destroy it or relegate it to a slow and painful demise.

All you have to do is follow the ads and political maneuvering of United Parcel Service and Federal Express to find out who the post office's enemies are.

We're talking about well-endowed and cohesive private businesses that want to put the U.S. Postal Service out of business.

As The Sun's editorial astutely pointed out, no one else delivers the mail, in whatever form, to every American household and business (130 million of them) six days a week. This is a universal public function worth preserving.

But if our enemies have their way, they can later merge and become a new company known as FED-UPS, because that is what we will all be if they are successful in destroying the U.S. Postal Service.

Gary R. Bames


The writer is a mail carrier in Baltimore City.

`Sick building' hurts Balto. Co. employees

I appreciated David Nitkin's article about the Investment Building ("Suspicion of `sick' building lingers," May 28).

I am one of those county social services employees with no union representation. I am banding together with my union-represented colleagues to speak out.

I listen to the stories of those who are getting very sick. The lack of response from our administrators makes me angry.

My colleagues and I are dedicated public servants. County Executive C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger is quoted in the article stating that "happy, healthy employees are our No. 1 priority."

But right now, many of us are not happy, some of us are not healthy and we don't feel like a No. 1 priority.

Decisive action that thoroughly evaluates the building and recommends corrective measures would go a long way toward making us a true priority.

Janice Zimmerman

Perry Hall

City schools must protect funds, integrity more closely

Indefensible does not go far enough in describing the behavior of Baltimore City school officials in the light of current events ("City schools lack financial controls," May 31).

Schools chief Robert S. Booker was hired specifically to address these very issues; errors of this magnitude on his watch are utterly unexplainable.

Lack of evaluation of the contract by the schools' chief financial officer, Roger Reese, suggests that he is complicit in this apparent fiscal malfeasance.

School board member Colene Y. Daniel and Mr. Booker are clearly in the dark.

So are possibly thousands of Baltimore city students, who are getting lessons in a lack of integrity from the very adults hired to safeguard it for them.

David Quinn


Regarding the city schools' finance scandal, where would we be without a newspaper to ferret out corruption?

We will now pay for an outside auditor and I read about corrections for the future. We taxpayers want to know about recovering the money which has been "misapplied" and replacing dishonest officials.

Lloyd Haag


Only shills for Bill Clinton back Tripp's prosecution . . .

Only the most rabid supporters of President Clinton could believe that "the state's imperative [in prosecuting Linda Tripp] was not political, pro-Clinton or anti-impeachment," as The Sun stated in the editorial "Farewell to Linda Tripp (May 25).

However, since The Sun's editors have been acting as Clinton shills for the past seven and a half years, it is easy to see how they could write such nonsense.

Emil Elinsky


. . . or could anyone but Clinton-haters respect Tripp?

This longtime reader will be pleased when The Sun no longer places news about Linda Tripp on the front page -- or even better, on any page ("Tripp wiretap charges dropped," May 25).

Only confirmed Clinton-haters could possibly consider Ms. Tripp a heroine.

She did a wretched, horrible thing, exploiting an air-headed girl for personal gain, trying to destroy a president -- and breaking an important law in the process.

Carleton W. Brown


Gov. Bush is right to back death penalty

Having read the article on Texas Gov. George W. Bush by John Rivera, I say three cheers for Mr. Bush's stand on the death penalty ("Opposing church, presidential candidate also favors death penalty," May 27).

If any religious group opposes the death penalty, let it pay for prisoners' upkeep for the years they are incarcerated.

Paul Kowalski


Channel One offers kids news and a positive message

The Sun's column "Digital divide won't close" (Opinion

Commentary, May 19) did an injustice to Channel One.

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