This week's gripe has to do with the removal and relocation of the two outside postal collection boxes at our local post office.

I have tried to contact our Postmaster without success. I will try again. But the two boxes located on their own concrete stand in back of the post office were removed. Damage was done to one box and was repaired. Now both have been removed and relocated to the sidewalk in front to the post office.

People are wondering why this action was taken since the boxes had been in back of the P.O. for many years.

Now, due to the relocation, anyone wishing to drop main must park on Central Avenue (if space is available), get out of the vehicle and walk to the boxes. This is more of a problem than simply inconvenience. Handicapped persons, and the elderly, will have a difficult time accessing the boxes. The boxes are (were) heavily used, meaning parking areas will be harder to find. Having to now park to mail anything greatly impedes traffic flow, congesting the downtown retail area on Central.

The two delivery boxes should be replaced to their original location as drive-through boxes, as designed. If damage from traffic is a problem it's easily solved by installing steel bollards.

Drive-through postal boxes are absolutely necessary for business and domestic service in Fillmore, and they avoid confusion and congestion on Central Avenue.

The U.S. Postal Service Inspector General's report says:

"Mail collection boxes are practically as American as apple pie. They also seem to be disappearing as quickly as mom’s homemade apple pie."

"It’s a tough balancing act for the Postal Service. Some collection boxes are barely used and are expensive to maintain. On the other hand, mail collection boxes are a visible representation of the Postal Service to the American public, and their disappearance has been noted. They also are reliable, secure, and convenient receptacles for mail."

But our "reliable, secure, and convenient receptacles for mail" have been taken away. And these boxes are not "expensive to maintain."

Mr. Postmaster, please replace the boxes to the rear of the post office.


I only have about 150 words left for me today, so I'll give it the bullet treatment.

The greatest political scandal in American political history is now unraveling. The Trump-Russia "collusion" allegation is proving to be a total fraud. The Democrat Party with scores of party "unindicted conspirators" is totally involved. Our top federal agencies are complicit in this extraordinary criminal anti-Trump (true) COLLUSION. Experts now assess the problem to well exceed any issues pertaining to the Nixon-Watergate scandal.

The FBI, CIA, NSA, DIA, DHS, IRS, and the rest of our 17 snooper agencies are all tainted. It's the Deep State, Clintons, Russian intelligence, with an incredible list of aiders and abetters, with the Democrat Party up to their nostrils in the stinkiest of swamps.

Shakespeare knew the sting of shame: " Reputation, reputation, reputation! Oh, I have lost my reputation! I have lost the immortal part of myself, and what remains is bestial”.

This nation's government, in large part, has lost its reputation. It will not get it back until the criminals guilty in this unprecedented scandal are in jail.

The worst part? Government will have lost the TRUST of the people before this is over. The citizens have been betrayed, and the Constitution violated as never before.

And the Dems and their crooked media continue to complain about Trump's alleged expletive?