Trump is right to try and fix Postal Service
Should anyone be surprised the U.S. Postal Service can’t guarantee on-time delivery of mail ballots?
Like Amtrak, this government entity has been dysfunctional for as long as anyone can remember. In 2019 they lost $8.8 billion, the 13th consecutive year it lost money. During this 13-year period they’ve lost $161 billion and counting. My late father was a retired letter carrier but he often spoke of how his postal service “could waste money like no one’s business.”
President Trump is right in putting an “outsider” businessman in charge and to block fraudulent mail-in ballots to try and fix this long ongoing money drain. As Sen. Chuck Schumer and his Democrats wail and whine about his selection, Trump once again attempts to drain the swamp, while being blocked by these same Democrats and the mainstream media at every turn.
Rhode Island’s four congressional elected officials have been in office for over a combined 70 years. When was the last time they raised the issue about this inefficient organization and attempted to pass legislation to fix it? The answer is — never. Like all Democrats, they continue to spend taxpayers money endlessly while holding no one accountable!
Tom D’Abrosca, Rotonda West, Fla.
The writer is a former resident of West Greenwich.
Catholics have no special claim to ticket
This is in response to Bishop Thomas Tobin’s recent Twitter statement. Biden-Harris; first time in a while that the Democratic ticket hasn’t had a Jew, Protestant, Muslim, Buddhist, Congregationalist, etc. on it. Sad that you think only a Catholic has the moral high ground to be elected president.
Ellen Bensusan, Bristol
Something has to give when schools reopen
While I wouldn’t dispute Dr. Fauci’s epidemiological expertise and I think Governor Raimondo has done a good job navigating the uncertainty of COVID-19, neither seems clear about what opening schools in person means.
They seem to focus on providing childcare and social services centers, rather than academics. If this is done slowly and safely, academics coming last, students may learn resilience, coping skills and cooperation. They may not do well on standardized tests, but they could learn the academics they cover.
If we rush the safety checks, hope that sitting in a room separate from others counts as socialization, and insist that academics take priority, we may end up with angry, sick people, closed schools, and students who won’t do well on standardized tests.
If schools open, make one of these the priority and do the best you can with the other. It’s too late now to do both properly.
Jane Arnold, Pawtucket
How about an election week?
If the U.S. Postal Service can’t guarantee on-time delivery of mail ballots then why can’t it just start earlier? Why does voting have to be limited to one day? Can’t we have “election week”?
Need to think outside of the mail box?
Phil Paquette, North Kingstown