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I voted with the expectation that Obama's term was 4 years

To The Daily Sun,

Some of the oddest reasoning found in the letters section comes from self-appointed experts on the Constitution dwelling in the right-wing camp. The latest round seen in the last couple of weeks had several claims that I found entertaining. There are the usual harebrained ones about Obama attacking the Constitution, but since the death of Justice Scalia, the rhetoric has reached new depths of half-baked reasoning and to be honest, utter vacuity.

One writer in particular, echoing the petulant cacophonies of the Tea Bag echo chamber, seems to think the voters in the 2016 election should have a say in who gets to fill a vacant seat in the U.S. Supreme Court in 2017. When I voted for Obama in 2012, I voted with the expectation that the next president's legal responsibilities were for four years, not three. That is the law.

Try to grasp this, campers: The voters did have their say in 2012 and that duly elected president's duties and responsibilities, according the United States Constitution, are expected to be carried out for the entire term of office. It is in the job description. "He shall."

James Veverka

Tilton

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Post Office can't seem to make a simple decision for weeks

To The Daily Sun,

I have to chuckle when some citizens want the government to take over and run more programs, for the betterment of us citizens.

The reason it's a crazy idea is that the federal government can't run a single program efficiently now.

My elderly neighbors have had a post office box at the Plymouth Post Office for 40 years. Now that they are 100 and 95 years of age, they wanted to have the mail delivered to their home, to save them the daily hassle of a difficult travel to the post office. It is an established rural delivery route, the mailman drives past their house each and every delivery day.
Four of five weeks ago they had their maintenance helper install a mail box at their residence, and they filed the paperwork to cancel the P.O. box, and have their mail home delivered.
Now, four weeks later, the 100-year-old resident had died, and the 95-year-old lady still is waiting for the federal bureaucracy to "approve" the change.
Weeks and weeks have gone by, just to make a simple decision for the personnel in the Plymouth Post Office to put their mail in the deliveryman's route, instead of their post office box.

And I thought it was crazy enough, when I learned that for five-plus years now, the mail deposited into the "local mail" slot in the Post Office, still has to travel down to Manchester to be "sorted," then returned to the Plymouth Post Office, just to be hand-placed into the P.O. box slot ... that is less than 10 feet away from the original mail slot where the envelope was initially deposited. Instead of "same day" local delivery, it now took one or two days. "Snail mail" indeed.

Citizens, we need to reign in government expansion and privatize many, many functions, because the standard operating procedures of federal government is too inefficient. Wake up America.

Gene Ronikier
Plymouth

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