Post office should inform all about public meeting
When discussing the quality of service that the U.S. Postal Service has been entrusted to provide, the word "universal" takes center stage. Reliable, expeditious delivery has been a weighty responsibility that has been taken seriously for many years. Whether a millionaire or just an average worker struggling to get by, each received his mail in the same manner, processed by clerks and mail handlers and delivered by letter carriers. The word universal was synonymous with the word equal.
However, when it came to notifying postal customers of an important public meeting, universality went out the window when the service decided to notify only media outlets, a few politicians and approximately 400 customers. The 6 p.m. meeting on Jan. 4 at JFK High School in Cheektowaga is supposed to be for all postal customers to be able to express their views regarding the proposed movement of mail processing from the Buffalo Processing and Distribution Center to Rochester. By their own admission, postal officials admit that such a move will result in a delay in next-day delivery in our area. One-day delivery will go to two-day and three-day delivery.
The lucky 400 who received a letter announcing the meeting were those who provide the Postal Service with at least $15,000 worth of revenue per year. All others received none and are relegated to being fortunate enough to catch a possible notice in the media.
How public will the meeting be when the vast majority of postal customers did not receive notice in the mail? Despite the deck being stacked against them, maybe the public will show up. It is an opportunity for the public to send the Postal Service a "universal" message.
President, American Postal Workers Union, Buffalo Local
Consumers will pay for pharmacy merger
Dr. Steven Miller, chief medical officer of Express Scripts, would like consumers and insurers to believe that a "merger" of Medco and Express Scripts would be a great savings to them, New York State and Medicare Part D. Since when does less competition and larger market share save consumers money?
Medco is the largest pharmacy benefit manager, followed by Express Script's third-largest position, based on annual revenue. This "merger" would create an immense monopoly in the PBM industry, giving it control of almost 70 percent of all insurance prescription processing in the country.
Miller also failed to mention in his Dec. 27 letter that Express Scripts is putting up nearly $30 billion to acquire Medco. These are publicly traded, for-profit corporations. They are not philanthropic agencies. This acquisition is not out of benevolence. Where will the return in investment come from? The backs of the health care providers and consumers "managed" by them, willing or not.
Martin Pietruszewski, R.Ph.
Police dog deserved memorial he received
I read the newspaper every day and listen to the 6 o'clock news. Now tell me who the animals are? Rocky, like the majority of dogs, gave unconditional love and true companionship. As a K-9 dog, he gave all of us his service, and he deserved the memorial he received. A part of our heart goes with every loving pet we lose.
Marie I. Dingeldey
Don't waste $15 million returning cars to Main
With all the studies being conducted recently on the effects of brain injuries to sport athletes, I propose another segment of our society be included in these studies -- politicians. One can only conclude that there has to be some cognitive abnormality in the brains of the governing who are earmarking a $15 million gift by returning traffic to the 500 block of Main Street in downtown Buffalo.
Here is a solution so simple that maybe even the pols will understand it, and in the process have better than $14 million to actually invest in productive grants on and off Main Street. Designate the current Route 5 section of Pearl Street as Main Street by moving the street signs over one block, the above-ground section of the rail system then becomes Pearl Street. That's it -- instant traffic on Main Street again. The remaining funds can then be spent on real game-changing projects, seed money for apartment lofts, restaurants, small businesses along the 500 block of the new "Pearl Street" and other parts of the city.
Spending $15 million to undo existing transportation infrastructure will fatten the wallets of the politically connected, but will only postpone the resurgence of downtown Buffalo for decades to come.
Movie ticket prices getting out of hand
My sister-in-law gave us some movie tickets. We went to see the show "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo." I didn't notice the little asterisks put next to some shows. We went up to the clerk in the booth to get the tickets to the movie and handed her our gift tickets. She said it would cost us $1.50 more for each ticket because the movie had a little asterisk next to it. We both were shocked at this new method of milking moviegoers.
It's bad enough the tickets are $10 apiece and the popcorn and soda pop cost an arm and a leg. Why don't the Occupy Wall Street people picket outside the movie theaters and Hollywood movie stars' million-dollar homes? They're doing the very same thing banks tried to do by adding new charges. I thought to myself: What would be their next profit-making scam? I looked up and saw that the new 3-D movie tickets cost $13.50 each. Wow, and they call me crazy.
Many lack empathy for less fortunate
I am writing in response to the Dec. 29 self-congratulatory letter explaining the erosion of America. Rather than focusing on how fortunate he was to be a child born into a two-parent, loving family, the writer chooses instead to focus on the minimal amount of his taxes that go to help the poor and less fortunate than he. The only thing missing is an expression of his "Christian" values.
Schroeder's actions only fuel distrust
I have to agree with The News editorial regarding Mark Schroeder. Why can't he reward the hacks who helped him get elected with a dinner or a gift card? Instead he puts them in jobs that they aren't qualified for and furthers the public's distrust of politicians with this favoritism.