Monday, June 13, 2005

Putting a stamp on patriotism

Lynne Smyles' fourth-grade class at Princeton Elementary in St. Clair Shores, Florida wants the federal government to cover the postage for letters and packages sent to United States military personnel serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The class already has sent a couple of care packages to military personnel in Iraq and has collected $750 to send more supplies. Smyles said the students don't want to spend some of the money for shipping.

"The least our government can do is cover the postage," said Smyles, who has taught at Princeton for 37 years. "It's not just 24 kids spouting off. We're reaching out."

One person who is taking the issue seriously is U.S. Rep. Vito Fossella, R-N.Y. Three months ago, Fossella introduced House Bill 923, which calls for free postage for family members sending parcels or letters to members of the armed forces in Iraq or Afghanistan or to those troops hospitalized at an armed forces hospital. The bill -- referred to as the Mailing Support to Troops Act of 2005 -- remains in the Committee on Government Reform.

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posted by Don Schilling at 6:56 AM