Opinion: Letter carrier says thank you after long career
I am retiring from carrying mail today. I would like to thank you for all the kindness, generosity, good faith, and premier baked goods you have bestowed upon me through out my career as a letter carrier.
Many an evening, after a long winter’s day, while stopping at the neighborhood corner store for groceries my heart has been warmed by the kind words of appreciation from fellow shoppers. It has been an honor and privilege to work here.
The postal service as we know it is continually under attack in this Congress. The first three quarters of this fiscal year 2014 the U.S. Postal Service has turned more than a billion-dollar profit. Sen. Bernie Sanders has drafted life-saving legislation to put the USPS on firm footing. Sen. Pat Leahy and Congressman Peter Welch have been strong advocates for the USPS as the battle wages on.
I encourage Middlebury residents to stand tall with our congressional delegation and Americans from every walk of life to preserve six-day and door-to-door delivery of mail and expanded useful services from the USPS, from packing as well as shipping, banking for underserved Americans, computer-age copying and shipping, and hunting licenses.
Send a message to Postmaster General Donahoe his job is to preserve the USPS for the American public, not help Congress dismantle it.
Jill Charbonneau, Middlebury
President of the Vermont State Association of Letter Carriers
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