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Sunday's Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: It's rare for reporters to mention a key reason the Postal Service is struggling to stay afloat. No mention in the Associated Press article on Feb. 10 (“Financial loss for post office jumps”), and your recent article gave only scant mention of the edict “requiring the postal service to pre-fund employee pensions” (“Postal shift will slow delivery,” Feb. 26).

In 2006, the Bush administration, with likely intent to undermine this agency and its strong union in favor of those who want to privatize it, instigated the requirement that the Postal Service must fund future pensions for 75 years down the road. That means potential employees not even born yet.

This burden, not placed on any other government agency, may single-handedly prevent its sustainability. Some experts believe that even with the shift toward email, and away from first class postage, our postal service would be profitable. Why is this fact overlooked?


Santa Rosa

Long time coming

EDITOR: There was an excellent letter from Dr. Shana Berger Van Cleave (“Kids deserve better,” Wednesday) regarding fluoridation for the benefit of the children of Santa Rosa. As a pediatric dentist, she knows so well how this benefits the population — preventing disease and saving millions of dollars in dental fees.

I tried to initiate fluoride in Santa Rosa in 1974 as a member of the Redwood Empire Dental Society and was met with the same opposition, which seems more political than scientific. Really, 38 years later the science is very understandable and well documented. Just like vitamins or supplements, small controlled doses of this naturally occurring mineral are beneficial to growing children.

I commend the Board of Supervisors for going forward with this initiative and joining the rest of the nation in providing fluoride in our water supply.

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