A West Virginia woman reminds me that not everything can be calculated or measured on a balance sheet . . .

Posted on October 18, 2011


As a writer who has penned 3 books and fast approaching 2,000 articles and white papers since beginning my “new career” in earnest just a little more than 4 years ago, one ultimately hopes that their writing will resonate with at least one person out there in the vastness that is the virtual realms of the Internet.

Do not get me wrong, I am not talking about agreement or consensus here but recognition in the form of inspiring someone, anyone to themselves take pen in hand (or keyboard as the case may be), to share their thoughts and ideas on a particular topic.  In truth, and over and above money and professional accolades, this I believe is the greatest reward for any word-smith.

That being said when the desired reader echo in the form of either a letter to the editor, or a comment to a blog post delivers a memorable resonance that adds to the richness of a story by offering a different and highly personal perspective it, in and of itself, becomes a story to be shared.

The following from Sharen Chambers regarding my September 5th, 2011 post titled “With postmaster general Patrick R. Donahoe’s somewhat desperate plea to congress to bail out the listing and outdated agency, what impact does the USPS’ precarious financial situation have on supplier relations?” is one such comment.

Grammy Winner Bill Withers was born in Slab Fork, WV

Last night our community had a meeting concerning the closing of Slab Fork Post Office in WV. According to WV archives Slab Fork is a district. There are no businesses at this time. There is much history that goes with this town. This was the largest coal mining plant in the early 1900′s. We are striving to preserve history in this area. I do not understand why we the people have to pay for a deficit incurred by the postal service. In my opinion & that of others in attendance, the meeting was just a formality. I think William Akers had his mind made up before the meeting ever started. It is my opinion that the federal law must provide us a maxium degree of effective & regular postal service because we are a small community and our post office is not self sustaining. Our community has a lot of people who receive medications in the mail, It is not safe to have these medications delivered to a box along highway 54. Southern WV is known for high use of prescription drugs. It would be like declaring open season. When our great great grandparents arrived here distribution of every thing was very hard. Living condition were hard. My gg grandfather carried mail on horseback in the early 1900′s in this same area. It is stated that there are to be 3,700 postal closings. WV is slated to close 150. Simple arithmetic tells you that we are loosing 2/3 rds more than the other 49 states. Why not close post offices in those areas where they are not needed. We live in rural areas & depend on postal service.

Sincerely yours,

Sharen Chambers


There is not much anyone can say or add to Sharen’s powerfully simple, enduring observation other than to offer thanks. In fact that is all that I could really do in that she reminded me that there is a human side to the postal service question that is interwoven into the American experience and day-to-day life that cannot be calculated on a balance sheet.