We must protect the USPS
The current attacks on the U.S. Postal Service are a disgrace to our country and to me personally. I am 82 years old and depend, like many others, on the Postal Service for receiving and paying my monthly bills in a timely fashion, and delivery of my prescription drugs and many other items I purchase online.
I have voted by mail for several years and plan to continue, particularly during the pandemic because of the threat to my health. The slowdown in delivery is a threat to these functions. The operational challenges the Postal Service faces have been created by Postmaster General DeJoy and are blatantly political to interfere with voting and to set the Postal Service up for privatization.
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I also do not understand how someone with multimillion-dollar investments in a USPS competitor was confirmed to his position without divestment of his investment with this major conflict of interest. Failure of the USPS would result in a major financial gain for DeJoy. In addition, I believe he should be investigated for the destruction of any mail-sorting machines, which are government property.
Congress created the financial problems USPS faces today with the unreasonable requirement to fully fund their retirement system which no private enterprise in this country is required to do. In addition, the constitution does not provide for the president or his administration the right to destroy the USPS or the capability to fulfill its mission. It is incumbent on Congress to protect the Postal Service.
Edgar Kersey, Cape Canaveral
USPS flap is ‘tactic to elect Joe Biden’
The current claim is Trump is hamstringing the U.S. Postal Service to fix the election.
Think about this. If you get five pieces of mail per day (excluding Sundays), that is 1,560 pieces per year. Does anyone really believe one more piece of mail will break the system? The claim is utterly silly.
The USPS has been losing billions every year. Some claim it is not tax money so who cares. They claim the USPS is funded only by stamps and postage. Really? Lose billions and stay in business. That is also utterly silly. Of course, the government bails out the USPS. Some claim any reduction in services will threaten health and safety. Really? I get all my prescriptions by mail. New prescriptions arrive generally a week early,
So the USPS could reduce delivery to three days a week and not threaten my health and safety. But such a reduction might make the Postal Service self-sufficient. How can that be a bad idea? I understand postal workers fighting to keep their jobs and overtime. I would do so as well. But politicians and the media, they know better.
This is just a tactic to elect Joe Biden. It is shameful. Can’t Biden win on the issues? Do not trust politicians. Just use your brain and think it through.
George Nebeling, Indian Harbour Beach
No to 4 more years of this
I have a quick reply to the Aug. 19 letter from Garey Hartman.
1. Republicans opened up trade and tourism to China, sending American companies to China. Remember when Walmart had huge signs on the walls stating that everything was made in the USA?
2. Reagan busted up the labor unions, making U.S. wages non-competitive with foreign cheap labor and child labor.
3. Obama and Biden had a plan and a department for dealing with pandemics, which Trump abandoned and dismissed.
Four more years of Trump would be a disaster.
Beverly Morgan, Viera
Wind storm was newsworthy, too
Last week a derecho — a rare, intense wind storm — caused massive destruction to several Midwest states, with winds in excess of 100 mph and covering an almost-800-mile area.
For several days almost 1 million people had no power. I have family in Iowa and they were directly affected. However, except for The Weather Channel, this event received almost no media coverage.
Believe it or not, there are other events going on in this world that have nothing to do with the coronavirus.
Barry Goodman, Viera
Drug deaths: That’s someone’s child
In today’s drug crisis, deaths happen every single day and it’s really easy to scroll through your Facebook feed and see all of these mass-overdose situations and memorials and think “At least it’s not my kid.” But what you have to realize is that the person who died was someone’s child. You can only sit back and think it’ll never happen to you or your family for so long until it does.
If there’s one thing I’m completely certain of, it’s that no family ever really recovers from losing a child to addiction. No family ever fully recovers from losing a child, in general —not just from a drug overdose. It’s an unnatural sequence in that children are supposed to bury their parents, not the other way around. When parents have to bury their children it’s as if a piece of them is lost forever. A gaping void of emptiness is left behind that is never again filled.
The sad part of the whole drug epidemic is that more families than ever before have had to endure that type of eternal heartache and loss.
Jason Good, Clearwater
This article originally appeared on Florida Today: Letters and feedback: Aug. 20, 2020