Traverse City Record-Eagle

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April 28, 2012

Letters to the Editor: 04/28/2012

Less government

In direct response to your April 24 editorial headlined "Get grip on deregulation kick,"I'd like to counter in support of Gov. Snyder's effort to reduce regulation in our state.

I agree, a few professions certainly need regulations for the safety of the people. However, we are regulated to death right now. Ask any small-business owner, regardless of what they sell, and they'll tell you that way too much of their time and money goes toward keeping Lansing and Washington happy. And therein lies the problem.

We have become far too comfortable with letting government run our lives. Your comment that "we depend on government to stand between us and the scoundrels" directly goes to my point. We all need to take that responsibility upon ourselves. How did we survive before all these regulations?

I think before I let an acupuncturist poke me with hundreds of needles, I'd ask two simple questions — are you licensed? and show me your credentials. I'd ask friends and relatives for a referral. I do that now with phone solicitations.

And finally, if asking a few "common sense" questions will help with less regulation, less spending and less government in my life, I'm all for it.

Sharon L. Neumann

Traverse City

More effective than email

As of mid-May, 3,700 local post offices will close as well as one-half of the Postal Service's processing centers, and 100,000 workers will lose their jobs, all because of the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006 (during Bush's presidency). This bill obligates our Postal Service to pre-fund 75 years of future health care benefits to retirees; that includes employees not yet born.

No other government organization or corporation is subjected to this. Our postal service would not be broke were it not for $5.5 billion a year to fulfill this mandate. Indeed, in four years the service produced a $700 million operational profit. Since 1971 the postal service has not taken a dime from tax money.

Until now, letter carriers reach all homes and work places by riding snowmobiles to reach iced-in villages, flying bush planes into outback areas, running mail boats to remote islands and using mules to get to those living at the bottom of the Grand Canyon.

Our postal service was authorized in our Constitution, Article 1, Section 8. It has suffered reduced use due to emails and tweets. But, Internet doesn't reach 35 percent of Americans.

Write your congressperson; it's more effective than email.

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