Time to phase out Postal Service

This week, the United States Postal Service announced it plans to stop Saturday delivery Aug. 5. I say it's about time.

In my 40 adult years, I have received good service from all my letter carriers. The USPS overall, does a great job. It is however, a new era. More than 10 years ago, the Internet took over and will continue as the world's foremost mail carrier.

I said 10 years ago, stop Saturday delivery, and for five years now I have suggested, over the next 10-year period, we phase out the entire USPS system. Just as the Pony Express lost out to the USPS, the USPS has lost out to the Net. There are more than 20,000 land parcels and buildings "owned" by the USPS, worth untold billions. Someday, that money just might come in handy.

Farewell old friend, your time has come.

Dan Misko, Felton

Trust Wall Street?

Beth Ehrens-Kley writes that Americans do not need government protection against financial fraud and abuse.

As a peon in the financial industry for the last 30 years, it is obvious to me and every sentient being that the exalted leaders of the financial industry embody boundless greed and a complete lack of ethics. HSBC's money laundering of drug cartel money represents the most recent example of criminal behavior on a grand scale exposed by government investigators. They are after our nickels and dimes, too, in secretive and insidious ways.

Without government regulation, this white collar mafia crashes markets and economies and picks your pockets at the speed of light.

Paul Drescher, Santa Cruz

Uplifting stories vs. North Korea

What wonderful uplifting local stories we have seen on your front pages lately.

We guess it's a good idea to "bury" North Korea's comment about sending rockets to carry nuclear "...warheads aimed at striking the United States" on page 9.

Barbara Oldden, Santa Cruz

Don't discriminate

In reply to Dwight Smith's letter that said once more mentally ill people should never own guns, I'd like to remind him that the Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in public accommodations. Why should our gun ownership laws be exempt from it? Also, the gunman that killed the children at Sandy Hook Elementary School didn't own the weapon. Why would these gun control laws make any difference?

Bill Graham, Salinas