The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


June 17, 2014

Readers' Forum 6-17 | Postal Service is not a lending tree

JOHNSTOWN — The House leadership’s plan to take money from the U.S. Postal Service budget and give it to the Highway Trust Fund is a shell game that relies on illusory savings and accounting gimmicks. Here are some of the reasons its a terrible idea:

-- The Postal Service does not rely on Congress to fund its operations. It should not be treated like a congressional piggy bank.

-- The House leadership wants to raid the Postal Service because there is not enough money in the Highway Trust Fund to pay for all the projects they want to fund. It’s an election year, so instead of making hard choices about highway spending, some are choosing accounting tricks.

-- There is not a penny here for the government, as it is based on a possible government bailout of the Postal Service in the future.

-- It would undercut the Postal Service’s recovery and now-profitable operation.

-- It’s a tax on business because business accounts for a significant proportion of the Postal Service’s revenue. Businesses pay the Postal Service to deliver the mail, not pave highways.

-- Ending Saturday delivery would eliminate 80,000 jobs. It would impact local, state and national tax bases and reduce consumer spending. Such a cut in service reduces volume, and often the cut costs more than the savings.

-- It is an easy way out that would sacrifice a strong Postal Service.

Joseph G. Antal

president, Pennsylvania State Association of Letter Carriers

Redefining rights to suit mankind

I recently read a Readers’ Forum letter in which someone claimed that homosexual marriage is constitutional because we cannot deny one person what another has a right to (“Gay marriage supported by Constitution,” June 2).

I agree that we cannot deny another’s rights. However, as a Christian nation, we have always understood that marriage was between a man and woman only. What we are doing is redefining what marriage is, just as we’ve concluded that abortion is not murder.

Matthew 19:4-5 states: “And he answered and said to them, have you not read that in the beginning he made them male and female, and said, “For this cause a man shall leave father and mother and cleave to his wife and shall be one flesh?”

If we continue to do what we want and not what God wants, I’m sure that we, and particularly our children and grandchildren, will not recognize this Christian nation in years to come.

In Romans 1:25-27 we read: “Who changed the truth of God into a lie. For this reason, God gave them up to vile affections, for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature. And likewise also the man, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another, men with men working that which is unnatural.”

If our rights are not given to us from God but from man, man can and will take those rights from us.

Joe Stawarz


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