WILMINGTON — Members of Congress are writing to the head of Deutsche Post World Net, owner of DHL, and even Germany's chancellor in efforts to stop a proposed DHL deal with United Parcel Service that could wipe out at least 8,000 Wilmington-area jobs.

Republican presidential candidate John McCain, the Arizona senator, said he sent a letter Tuesday, Aug. 12, to Deutsche Post chief executive Frank Appel in Bonn, Germany, asking him to visit Wilmington soon to hear the community's concerns. McCain, during a campaign visit last week to Wilmington, said he thought Appel should make a personal appearance.

"Members of the Ohio delegation have been writing and calling everyone we can think of to help save these jobs," Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, said in a response Wednesday. "Last week, Sen. McCain heard directly from Wilmington families about just how serious this matter is. I'm pleased he heard their call and joined our efforts to speak out."

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