Your View: Plan now for letter carriers/USPS food drive

Apr. 08, 2014 @ 08:03 PM

Who would think that here in America, one of the richest countries in the world, we would have a problem with our people going hungry? But it is a problem. A big problem. At last count, one in six of our fellow citizens is going hungry daily, and here in North Carolina more than one in four children struggle with hunger.
Twenty-two years ago, the National Association of Letter Carriers and the U.S. Postal Service began a nationwide program to address the problem of hunger. Every year since then, rural and city carriers have been delivering your mail and picking up food on the second Saturday in May. This year it will be on May 10.
Letter carriers chose this particular Saturday of each year for a reason. Food banks and pantries usually receive the majority of their food donations over the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. By the time spring rolls around, or well before, many of our community food banks resemble Old Mother Hubbard’s cupboard.
The response from our customers over the years has been phenomenal. Last year, the nation’s letter carriers collected over 74 million pounds of food, feeding an estimated 30 million people. In the High Point-Archdale-Thomasville area, we collected over 75,000 pounds of food. Our goal this year is 100,000. That’s a goal that should be easily obtainable. Just imagine the amount of food we could collect for our local food banks and pantries if each member of a family donated just one can or package of non-perishable food on May 10.
Participating in the Letter Carriers’ food drive is simple. All you have to do is leave a non-perishable food donation in a bag either in or by your mailbox on May 10 and your letter carrier will pick it up.
RICHARD THAYER
Thomasville

Bush squandered balanced budget he inherited
Dick Angel (Your View, March 21 “Obama’s deficit spending has been massive”) disagrees with my statement that President Obama’s deficit spending has never been as high as that of President Bush. No surprise there. Angel never agrees with me.
He argues that Bush’s “average deficit” is less than that of Obama. That “average” number proves nothing.
Bush inherited a balanced budget and a flow of incoming surplus revenue, thanks to President Clinton. It was only after Republican actions shattered our balanced budget and choked off revenue that Bush’s deficits skyrocketed. (If Bush had left Clinton’s financial initiatives in place, we could still have a balanced budget today!) The relevant numbers for Bush’s deficits are from his later years, after the Bush Financial Debacle set in.
Remember too, Bush never put the costs of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars on the books.
He just sorta pretended those costs didn’t exist. (To be fair, those costs are included in our deficit spending numbers.) Also, remember Dick Cheney’s infamous statement that “Ronald Reagan proved deficits don’t matter”.
In contrast, Obama took office when the Bush Financial Debacle was at its worst. He had to play the hand he was dealt. It took huge deficit spending just to keep the government functioning.
However, even Obama’s first year deficit of $1.3 trillion is less than the $1.4 trillion deficit in Bush’s last year. By 2013, Obama had cut that to under $700 billion. Even Angel admits that.
It’s a long rocky road back to fiscal sanity, but we will get there, unless Republicans regain control and go back to their Reaganesque  “deficits don’t matter” philosophy!
Thanks to Angel for prompting me to re-visit this subject.
CARL ROUTH
High Point

Webb gets my vote for Congress
Leadership is demonstrated by a lifetime of service to one’s family, community and country. This is one of many reasons I support Don Webb for Congress in the Sixth District.
Don and Susie Webb have been married 40 years.  They raised five children and have four grandchildren.  Don and Susie’s faith and beliefs have been a solid foundation for raising their children and for being good stewards of God’s blessings.
Webb has been active in the Republican Party for numerous years and served in different leadership roles during his tenure.  He currently serves on the High Point Regional Hospital Foundation Board, is a member of the High Point University Board of Visitors, and the Piedmont Triad Airport Authority Board.
Webb graduated from Annapolis Naval Academy and served his country as an officer in the United States Navy for five years during a time of war.  He understands America must have a show of military strength to keep our country safe.
I remember the 1990s; we heard character didn’t matter in elected officials. Actually, it’s the most important thing.  Webb’s history of service to family, community and country is evidence of his character.  That’s why I’m supporting Don Webb for Congress.
FRAN RAFANOVIC
High Point

 


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The High Point City Council has approved hiring a consultant to examine the impact of a proposal to “diet” part of N. Main Street as a way to help spur commercial and residential development. What’s your view? In 30 words or less (no name, address required), email your thoughts to letterbox@hpe.com or go to hpe.com under Opinion and post a comment.  Here is one response:
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