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opinion Brainerd, 56401
Brainerd MN 506 James St. / PO Box 974 56401

Regarding the editorial on May 10th, it would serve Mr. Hansen well to learn the true facts before writing such a scathing article about the United States Postal Service and the Postmaster General, Patrick Donahue. It is true that the USPS is having some financial difficulties, but not because of the reasons put forth by Mr. Hansen. All criticism should be directed at the one man who is single-handedly trying to put the USPS out of business.

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In 2006, Darrell Issa, a Republican Congressman from California, attached an amendment to an unrelated bill that mandates the USPS to set aside $5.5 billion per year for ten years to prefund future retiree benefits. Since the USPS Inspector General says the fund already contains over $326 billion, it is obvious that Issa is on a one-man mission to wreck the USPS. The reality is that without the mandate, the USPS has operated in the black for the past six years.

The motive behind the mandate is not clear, but many insiders have speculated that Issa wants to break the American Postal Workers Union. The real outrageous act here is that the rules of our legislative branch permit one member to create such a burden that affects the majority of all Americans.

Mr. Hansen could have obtained this information in just a few minutes, if he had been so inclined. To learn more, Google “Darrell Issa vs. USPS”. The United States Postal Service and its workers do an excellent job in delivering the mail, and they don’t deserve this treatment.

Sara Dunlap

Brainerd

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