I wrote a card of appreciation to my mail carrier the other day. I didn’t know what else to do — we are all pretty helpless in light of the chaos we find ourselves in. I could natter on all day about the United States Postal Service and what it means to all of us, but you already know all that.
Let’s talk about our new postmaster general. His name is Louis DeJoy, and he is a right wing Republican donor, having contributed millions to the Trump campaigns. DeJoy has investments in postal service competitors and contractors in amounts between 30 and 75 million. DeJoy started with the postal service in July, and since then, there have been several changes in procedures that include removal and scrapping of sorting machines and collection boxes. Like most of the players in this administration, DeJoy says he is not responsible for any of these changes except a new truck schedule, and he doesn’t know who is responsible. He also promised to suspend removal of equipment. There is evidence across the country that sorting machines are still being unplugged and pulled out.
To protect the United States Postal Service, we each need to convince at least one other person to vote in November and ask them to convince one other person to vote, who also asks one other person to vote, etc., etc. We need to contact people in other states to make sure they make the commitment to vote and get their friends and relatives to vote. We have to vote as if our lives depend on it, because they do, especially if you receive medications through the postal service.
Sharon Roben Findling