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This time of year is especially an important one when many of us rely on the great and consistent services of our U.S. Postal Service. This government creation has been consistently undermined by congresses of both parties and weakened especially by Republican administrations.
My wife and I are, like many Americans, so very lucky we have the men and women of the post office to rely upon to help deliver our mail of various types. Sure, there is FedEx, UPS and Amazon for deliveries, and many of these folks also do an excellent job. The staff of the USPS gets the job done no matter what our current postmaster general does to help weaken their government resources!
To show our appreciation of the post office folks who tend to be by far the most common mail carriers to come to our mailbox, we have the following laminated sign on the back of our box pull down flap that hopefully is read at least once by every person delivering mail. The sign indicates: "The Coron family and tens of millions of others GREATLY appreciate our USPS personnel. Thank you and also other staff for all you do."
As a nation we must fully support our USPS mail service before there is yet another attempt to try to privatize it by our national legislators.
Jonathan Coron, Gainesville
It is always a pleasure to observe the generous spirit of the holiday season and the many good deeds that occur. This year, think of the hard-working folks who pick up our garbage every week. Giving them a holiday tip would bring a lot of unexpected happiness to them and their families.
When you are thinking of the size of the tip, ask yourself if you have ever overflowed the blue bin that holds plastic and metal cans and containers. Did you flatten your cardboard boxes for the orange bin?
If you can’t tip directly, for information on reaching the crews that pick up your garbage, call GFL Environmental at 352-377-0800.
John Corr, Gainesville
Praise for DeSantis
I just read the column “DeSantis’ order could trigger constitutional crisis” and thought it was great. I am glad that Ron DeSantis is our governor and my family supports him 100%. I feel that he is managing this state with its legal citizens' interests fully in mind.
His handling of the COVID-19 situation has us on the positive side of the virus. He allows the people to make their own decisions, which is the way it should be. We do not live in a socialist/communist state where we must follow what directions the government gives or suffer consequences.
Florida has recovered well from the COVID situation under his governance as have several other Republican-governed states.
I feel once again with his immigration executive order Gov. DeSantis is protecting the legal citizens of this state. The funds of this state should be used for and by the citizens of this state.
Illegal entrants should never have been allowed to enter this country, let alone be dispersed throughout it. The Biden administration has taken it upon itself to disperse them without requiring COVID testing or notice to the states that they were being sent there. The vetting process has not been used as it was intended.
Margaret S. Robinson, Trenton
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This article originally appeared on The Gainesville Sun: Letters to the editor for Dec. 21, 2021