I'm responding to the recent letter concerning Ohio Rep. John Kasich and the fact that his father was a letter carrier with the United States Postal Service for 29 years. First of all, the headline, "Kasich lived off the government," is a very misleading slur. They are not "living off the government," they are providing an essential public service.
Another point was the writer's contention that our pension is generous enough to allow us to spend our entire salary without saving toward retirement and that we'll have excellent health care forever.
The National Association of Letter Carriers is proud to have consistently maintained our wage and benefit packages against nearly constant assault from the current Congress and former Presidents Bush and Reagan. In fact, it is due to labor unions like us that the fight continues to maintain a middle class in this country. However, we contribute to our pension and health insurance and, while we consider these benefits adequate, they are by no means extravagant.
ROBERT J. McLENNAN President, Branch 3
National Association of Letter Carriers