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Find a way to offer relief to essential postal system

’Tis the season – to send Christmas cards, and thereby brighten the day of friends and family and neighbors. This is a tradition that I enjoy, by way of the U.S. Postal Service. I put up with the cost of stamps in order to make a personal connection with people all over the country.

But with the cost of first-class stamps now nearing 50 cents, I’m wondering how much longer I’ll continue sending cards. I prefer the hand-written message over the electronic blast, any day.

Our postal system is an essential daily tool that connects everyone, regardless of access to electronic media. A strong and healthy postal system is a pillar that supports our democracy. Congress should offer budget relief for the post office, to ensure that everyone may send personal greetings and messages easily, whatever the occasion.

Gladys Gifford

Amherst