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HELPING SANTA COULD HYPE THE V.I.

Dear Source,
It's my understanding that the U.S. Postal Service in Alaska will not respond to letters sent to Santa Claus at the "North Pole" this holiday season because of the anthrax scare. Normally, volunteers accept these letters, open them and reply, and their replies are sent out with a postmark from the North Pole.
Should the Grinch get away with this? I toss out this idea to anyone to take up on:
Suppose we in the Virgin Islands could contact postal authorities in Alaska to see if we can get that mail forwarded to the V.I. — and then safely reply to the children using their return addresses, without opening the letters. We could send a simple card showing Santa lying on the beach, saying "I'm on vacation in the U.S. Virgin Islands this year and working on my list, but I will answer my mail next year. Merry Christmas to all!"
That way, the kids will get an answer to their letters — and what do you bet we will generate a little interest in the V.I.

Jason Budsan
St. Thomas

Editor's note: We welcome and encourage readers to keep the dialogue going by responding to Source commentary. Letters should be e-mailed with name and place of residence to source@viaccess.net.

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Dear Source,
It's my understanding that the U.S. Postal Service in Alaska will not respond to letters sent to Santa Claus at the "North Pole" this holiday season because of the anthrax scare. Normally, volunteers accept these letters, open them and reply, and their replies are sent out with a postmark from the North Pole.
Should the Grinch get away with this? I toss out this idea to anyone to take up on:
Suppose we in the Virgin Islands could contact postal authorities in Alaska to see if we can get that mail forwarded to the V.I. -- and then safely reply to the children using their return addresses, without opening the letters. We could send a simple card showing Santa lying on the beach, saying "I'm on vacation in the U.S. Virgin Islands this year and working on my list, but I will answer my mail next year. Merry Christmas to all!"
That way, the kids will get an answer to their letters -- and what do you bet we will generate a little interest in the V.I.

Jason Budsan
St. Thomas

Editor's note: We welcome and encourage readers to keep the dialogue going by responding to Source commentary. Letters should be e-mailed with name and place of residence to source@viaccess.net.