Fortunately the West Virginia Library Commission maintains good security for the Internet in the county libraries, but we understand anyone's discomfort in using a public computer and printer. Staff members strive to avoid looking at any personal information when requested to help with computer use or at data on printouts we retrieve from the printer.
Yet mastering computer use is easier than fathoming the inconsistency of Washington lawmakers who dither over pleas from the debt-ridden Postal Service to address a financial crisis due in part to the shift to electronic mail.
Social Security is axing it.
Treasury department official Walt Henderson turned to Dear Abby to get the word out, writing that effective March 1, postal delivery will halt for about 5.4 million beneficiaries now receiving checks in the mail. That includes more than 63,000 in West Virginia, Jared Hunt subsequently reported in the Daily Mail.
Social Security, Supplemental Security Income, veterans and other recipients have been able to request benefits by paper checks rather than direct deposit into bank accounts, but that option is evaporating. They all will have to convert to direct deposit or use the Treasuries Direct Express Debit MasterCard, Henderson wrote.
No choice. "It's the law," he said.
The Postal Service says it is hemorrhaging a staggering $25 million daily with the shift to electronic services and its massive payments for future retiree benefits.
To date, disagreements between lawmakers from rural and urban districts, senators and representatives, along with the fiscal policy battles, have doomed all efforts to enact changes proposed by the Postal Service.
Members from the Mountain State balked at even cutting Saturday mail (all those catalogs and ads we don't want) or, heaven forbid, closing very low-volume post offices.
It boggles the mind.
Give me a good book to read.
Contact writer Evadna Bartlett at eva...@dailymail.com.