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webmaster | 08/03/12

They probably just leave Post-it notes when they leave. On Saturday our House of Representatives (representing who?) will leave Washington for a five-week vacation. Thursday, the United States Postal Service defaulted on a Congressional mandate to pay $5.5 billion to “prefund” health benefits for future retirees. The mail service takes no taxpayer money, but is regulated by Congress, and because of them, will cut 13,000 jobs.

Oh, our Congress has considered the post office dilemma. According to the congressional record, 17 percent of the 151 laws produced by the House have been to rename post offices. Not exactly a “stamp” of approval for our representatives. But I hope they enjoy their vacation.

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A couple of you dear folks, after reading about my “bike ride down F Street” (Highway 99) in the 1950s, reminded this reminiscing scribe of the old Greyhound bus station on the west side of F Street about a quarter-block south of Fourth Street.

And reader Gene Bridges asked me not to forget his dad, Burt Bridges, and his Golden Eagle gas station across from Lucca’s. Called Burt’s Service, it became a Gulf station in the ’60s. Either way, I’m sure it was a friendly place to fill up my bike tires and get a soda...


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