Letter to the Editor

SK residents send message to USPS

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Dear Editor:

On Tuesday, Oct 21 at 9:30 a.m., 30 residents of this congenial Table Rock Lake community demonstrated in front of their United States Post Office. Their plight for the past year and a half has been the new Postmaster Tina Stauch.

Upon arriving in Shell Knob, the Postmaster ordered the "Wall of Honor" removed, retired the P.O.W./M.I.A. flag, knowingly withheld mail order medications for five days, has driven several high volume mail businesses to move their mailings to other towns (one means $42,000 lost annual revenue), refused to deliver to a disabled RR boxholder, has intimidated patrons, employees and carriers with her foul mouth, incompetence, evasiveness, deceitfulness and hatefulness. The normally congenial and friendly folks in Shell Knob wish her no ill, they just want her transferred.

KSPR ABC-TV Springfield covered the demonstration in a "Special Delivery" segment at 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. At 10 p.m., KSPR contacted Richard Watkins as their Postal Service spokesman. He disagreed with the claim that the Postmaster ordered the removal of the "Wall of Honor," saying, "That this Postal Service, or in the case the Shell Knob Postal Service . . . or the postmaster herself, wouldn't slight veterans in any way . . . when many of their co-workers, thousands of them are actively serving. (The claim) is just ridiculous." Of course, he didn't mention the 1,200 signatures on petitions that confirm that it happened -- estimated to be over 20 percent of the population of Shell Knob. During the KSPR filming, VFW Post Commander Dave Atkinson pointed out to KSPR the empty flag clips that secured the P.O.W./M.I.A. flag. Since she came, the P.O.W./M.I.A. flag has never flown again in Shell Knob.

One can determine that this is another "USPS slight" against those that serve . . . and the many parents and VFW members who live in Shell Knob. The United States Postal Service and Richard Watkins continue to berate the veterans, those that serve and rights of the people of Shell Knob with their government smoke screens, non truths and idle talk. Obviously, USPS has no idea what the Postmaster has done to Shell Knob.

The determined residents of Shell Knob will see the P.O.W./M.I.A. flag (that's been missing in action in Shell Knob) fly again. Let's hope the Postmaster won't be in Shell Knob to see it.


Mary Abel

Shell Knob, Missouri