Day 260: Gary Minter

In a recent issue of Street Sense, I came across an open letter to the U.S. Post Office from a man named Gary Minter. He’s struggled with housing and doesn’t have a permanent address. Even using shelters and other agencies to receive mail for him causes challenges. Gary decided to write the post office and ask for their help to fix problems that anyone dealing with homelessness faces.

He has a “general delivery” address in Las Vegas where he is living right now – he used to be here in Washington, DC. I hope my letter gets to him.


Dear Gary,

I read your open letter in Street Sense about the unique challenges that you and other men and women experiencing homelessness face. In essence you are being discriminated against because you don’t have a permanent address.

I’m sure a solution to these issues exists, but will take time. Thank you for speaking out and trying to improve the system. Your letter has inspired me to cut your letter out of the paper and mail it to Megan Brennan, the Postmaster General.

I hope that Las Vegas is treating you well.

Good luck to you,
Reed Sandridge

P.S. Here are a few dollars – hopefully it helps.


5 responses to “Day 260: Gary Minter

  1. Dear Mr. Sandridge (Reed),
    Thanks so much for your donation in response to my open letter to the US Postal Service, and for your kind letter. I hope your letter to the US Postmaster General will help change the policy of the USPS to give equal treatment to homeless people, who must receive their mail at a shelter or drop-in center like Miriam’s Kitchen or Friendship Place or Bread for the City. For some reason, most of these charities will not forward our mail, even first-class mail which may contain money or important legal documents.

    Gary J. Minter

  2. By the way, I’ve got quite a few more good ideas for letters to various government agencies and non-profits!


  3. “Only the Little People pay taxes.” —the late Leona Helmsley, wealthy New York City hotel heiress, when she was accused of tax evasion. Mrs. Helmsley was at least an honest woman, as the following examples from our federal tax code, written by our US Congress, show:
    To: The Joint Committee on Taxation
    The House Ways and Means Committee
    The Secretary of the US Treasury
    From: People for Fair Taxes
    Re: EITC, UT, SS and Railroad retirement benefits, and 3-year limit on claiming overpayments and withholding taxes
    Date: September 27, 2015
    Dear Sirs/Madames,
    Please consider revising the following sections of the US federal tax code:
    Section 32. Earned Income. The Earned Income Tax Credit is so low as to not be worth the paperwork claiming EITC for many taxpayers, especially those who are “self-employed” or “independent contractors” who must pay the full Social Security payroll tax. For working taxpayers with no qualifying children, the credit percentage is only 7.65%, almost 6 times (600%) less than for working taxpayers with 2 or more qualifying children. This is unfair. The EITC is not a welfare program, and there should NOT be an extra subsidy for those who have children. Please raise the amount of EITC so single working taxpayers will not pay more in social security payroll taxes than they receive in EITC, and equalize the rates for all taxpayers.
    Section 85. Unemployment Compensation. It is wrong to “kick a man when he is down.” When someone is out of work, it is not right to add another tax burden by taxing unemployment compensation, which is derived from taxes paid by employers. A tax on a tax is wrong.
    Section 86. Social Security and RR benefits. Again, it is wrong to tax benefits derived from a tax, in this case, including half of Social Security and Railroad Retirement benefits as gross income for tax purposes. These retirement benefits were earned from taxes paid by working taxpayers, and should NOT be taxed.
    Section 6511. Limitations on Credit or Refund. Why does Congress feel it can confiscate money deposited by working taxpayers in good faith with the Internal Revenue Service, simply because the taxpayer did not “claim” their tax credit or refund within 3 years? Withholding taxes are voluntarily deposited with the IRS to pay past, present or future taxes, not as a gift to Uncle Sam. If any other financial institution treated deposits the same way, it would be considered thievery.
    Thank you for your attention to these matters.
    People for Fair Taxes
    c/o Gary J. Minter
    General Delivery
    Las Vegas, Nevada 89165

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