Comments on the week

The post office is considering cutting service to five days a week. Apparently the days under consideration are Saturday and Tuesday. Let’s consider this for a moment. How many holidays fall on Monday? This currently gives the majority of postal workers Sunday and Monday off. If we give them a day off on Tuesday, that makes several three day holidays. And then, remember that while they deliver mail and fill postal boxes on Saturday, they are not open on Saturday, at least in our area.

Will contracts be renegotiated to decrease salaries? What will closing
on Saturday and/or Tuesday do to help slow down the economy, especially
on the long holiday weekends?
   
The more the post office
cuts service to the public, the more the public will find alternative
solutions. Today’s trends are for instant gratification, i.e. pay bills
by email, send everything from legal documents to photographs by fax or
email. The postal department is certainly necessary, but it looks as
though they lack in long term planning, i.e., continually raising rates
has simply sent people scurrying to alternative methods.
   
The
other interesting news of the week comes from Los Angeles. Newcomers
won’t understand the significance of the news that broke last week
regarding Wes Cooley. But those in Oregon, especially those who lived
in southern Oregon in the mid 1990s will remember him and his antics.
   
He
and Sue Kupillas, former Eagle Point resident, were running for
Congress. We ran some of the first, perhaps very first stories,
questioning him as a legal candidate for the position. He lied in his
voters’ pamphlet, he did not live where he said he lived, nor was he
the veteran he claimed to be, among other things. However, his slick
method of operating led him to Congress where he served just two
years. 
   
Over the last years he and a couple of others,
were accused of getting people to purchase unregistered stock in a
company he called bidbay.com Inc. He told his victims eBay was going to
purchase the company. Cooley and partners are reported to have operated
the site from 1999 until 2004. Cooley, according to his attorney, has
no memory of the last 15 years of his life. To which we can only say,
isn’t that convenient and so appropriate for his method of operating.
   
The saying, "what goes around comes around" may finally be catching up with 76-year-old Cooley. We hope so.
NL
 

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