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Written by Rosa Colucci on .

Being of Scottish ancestry I decided last spring to order a kilt to wear in celebration of my heritage. Part of the package included an argyle jacket. However, upon receiving the jacket I decided that I didn't like it and returned it to the merchant in Edinburgh, Scotland, via the U.S. Postal Service.

Eight weeks later the jacket still had not been received in Edinburgh. After numerous telephone calls to the vendor and the postal service, it was determined that the package had been held in British Customs for payment of a value-added-tax and that after 21 days it was to be returned to me. Two-and-a-half months later, I still had not received my package so I filed a claim with the U.S. Postal Service for the cost of the jacket since I had sent it insured. A week after I filed my claim, the jacket arrived.

End of story? Not quite. Last week I received a check from the postal service for the value of my jacket!

What, you may ask, is the point of this letter? The point is this: If the federal government can't keep track of a simple package and issues me a check that I shouldn't have received, how many more opportunities for mismanagement and fraud will there be once the government gets its hands on health care? I have some swampland in Florida for anyone who really believes that the government getting more involved with health care will actually end up reducing the deficit as is currently being touted in Washington!

P.S. I voided the check and returned it to the postal service!

WILLIAM B. GORDON
Hampton

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