News From Terre Haute, Indiana

February 14, 2013

READERS’ FORUM: Feb. 14, 2013

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Postal union living in past

Concerning the article headlined “Saturday mail news shocks local postal union”:

You must be kidding me. After all the years of declining paper mail volume and financial losses by the U.S. Postal Service, the American Postal Workers Local 618 is “shocked” by the impending suspension of Saturday regular mail delivery five months from now? What cave have they been hiding in to avoid the logical progression of a more efficient operation?

I want to assure local postal workers that I appreciate our mail delivery and the service that is provided no matter what the weather.

However, the business model has changed, whether the union likes it or not. The Postal Service simply must adapt to the changing times. The union president stated that “I don’t think this is the solution. I think it’s going to make matters worse. Congress needs to act on it.” Does she really think that meddling by Congress makes anything more efficient or better? The reality is that this business is extremely slow to adapt and cannot continue handling less mail for more money six days a week. Any other company that did not adapt to changing conditions is already out of business.

As far as I am concerned, we do not need Saturday delivery. In fact, Monday-Wednesday-Friday would be sufficient. It is time for the union to get into the 21st century, like it or not. In addition, the little used post offices in small towns need to be shut down if they are not profitable — use them or lose them.

— Joseph Lugar Jr.

Terre Haute

Good for beer, but not for oil?

The article concerning a merger of two huge breweries was very interesting (Trib-Star, business page A9, Feb.1).

It seems our Justice Department is blocking the merge because the “deal could lead to higher beer prices” because it would “substantially reduce competition in the U.S. beer market.”

Where has the Justice Department been during the last 20-30 years while all the oil companies were merging? Didn’t they think that all those mergers and buyouts might lead to “reduced competition in the marketplace? Higher gas prices”?

— Dave Early

Terre Haute