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In support of the U.S. mail

To the editor:

A computer hacker has “spilled the beans” as to what the government can and has been doing with our computers and/or phone information. This brings to mind the old days, when rural phone lines would ring into a large number of homes and people would answer if it rang their code. However, these phones did turn out to be a community line, and callers needed to be careful what they said. Most people feel that health records, political persuasions and/or attitudes toward faith are not topics that the government should be viewing, or in some way using in the pretense of “providing for the general good of the public.” Just think that if the government can hack into our computers and check on our phone calls, then what about our bank or investment records? A good side to all of this is that we are getting an opportunity to learn about the surveillance capabilities of our “free society.” Could it be that we need to turn back to the good old days by using “snail mail,” with a sealed envelope and a U.S. postage stamp?

It is common knowledge that our U.S. postal service in financially “deep in the red,” and has never been a money-making operation. The USPS tends to give former military people a head-of-the-line position when hiring. This alone would excuse some of the overspending their budget. We need to support those men and women that have chosen to serve their country. All we need to do is start to practice our penmanship and go back to the pencil and paper method of communication. This form of sealed mail would foil any political party from using our information to their advantage - since the envelopes cannot be opened and our feelings about various topics can be kept secret. We should be willing to pay a little extra for a U.S. postage stamp so that we can be assured of our privacy. The USPS, or “snail mail,” would be my suggestion for assuring our freedom of speech and information in what is currently called a “free society.”

Tom Haller

Ames

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