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Not-very-nice Obama serves only self-interest

I want to thank William Saletan for his well-written load of tripe (“Obama re-election holds secret satisfaction for GOP,” Nov. 9).

To be more specific: When will people in politics understand that how a candidate gets to office and how he conducts business once reaching there means a great deal to many Americans?

The opposition to the individual mandate to buy health insurance is not about affordable health coverage for many of us. It is about our individual freedom being infringed upon. I would not have supported the individual mandate from any party.

Those of us who oppose the individual mandate also cannot forget the one-sided, arm-twisting, political office-threatening, Christmas Eve procedural vote that brought us this wonderful legislation.

Let me ask:

Would a moderate Republican allow his vice president to declare to a mixed-race audience that the Democratic opponent was going to put them all back into chains?

I am deeply saddened that President Obama won a second term because he is not a very nice person. The office of the president of United States will not serve all under his second term; however, it will serve his special interests and subsequently and most importantly himself very well. I hope Saletan’s smug rationalization allows him to feel better.

MIKE URSCHEL Huntington

Mourdock concession shows his true stripes

Loyal Republicans who supported and voted for Richard Mourdock must have cringed when they heard the defeated candidate’s “concession” speech. This was the most scurrilous, vicious, shameless bunch of sour grapes; it surpasses the famous “You won’t have (Richard) Nixon to kick around anymore.”

I had little respect for Mourdock after hearing some of his positions and beliefs, but after this harangue, I know that U.S. citizens have dodged a bullet.

LEONARD M. GOLDSTEIN Fort Wayne

Citizen action can help save the post office

“Save Our Post Office” is a movement of concerned citizens who believe the post office can be financially stable the way it is. We believe one of the main reasons the Postal Service has financial problems is HR 6407.

The U.S. Postal Service must pay $5.5 billion a year for 10 years. This is a prepayment into retirement accounts to pay for the next 75 years. This is a burden no other business or government agency has to endure. It is our goal to see HR 6407 repealed.

We would like to see the continued delivery of mail six days a week. We want to see the post office maintain its highly structured mail processing plants. The post office wants to close about 250 plants.

The Postal Service wants to cut retail hours in smaller post offices and rural areas. The post office is required by law to provide universal mail service. How can they do this if they close post offices?

The Postal Service is one of the few government or quasi-government agencies that brings in revenue. The U.S. Postal Service is a $63 billion industry that the American citizens own.

Hold the new Congress accountable for how it handles your mail service. To learn more about our cause and how you can help, saveourpostoffice.us and on Facebook.

JERRY STIDMAN American Postal Workers Union Terre Haute

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