To the Editor:
“Neither snow norrain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completionof their appointed rounds.” But the actions of Louis DeJoy, Trump’s “donor-appointee,” does!
Our United States Postal Service (USPS) is such a venerable part of our nation’s success it was included in our Constitution. Today, it’s the world’s largest postal service and the only service legally obligated to meet the needs of all Americans.
The USPS mission is service. However, politicians have used it for their own agendas. The 1970s Postal Reorganization Act required the Post Office to be a self-sufficient “corporation-like” agency. It remained an essential service, but was not operated like a self-directing company.
The 2006 Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act required the USPS to set aside 75 years of health and retirement benefits funding for current employees and retirees, amassing billions in the U.S. budget that can’t be used for USPS operations. No other agency must do this. This legislation is devastating to the USPS’s budget.
For decades, Republicans have proposed privatizing this cherished institution. Trump’s plan to change the USPS into a “private postal operator” continues this effort.
DeJoy’s disturbing use of the postal services for Trump’s agenda makes him an accomplice to Trump’s desperate voter suppression. He hamstrung postal workers by prohibiting overtime, dismantling high-speed mail processors, and removing local postal boxes.
He deprived seniors, veterans, and others of critical prescriptions, paychecks, and correspondence. Single-handedly, he stymied mail delivery, eroded public confidence and threatened our democratic elections.
We need to support our postal workers by re-electing Representatives Lauren Underwood, Sean Casten, and Bill Foster, who worked to pass meaningful legislation like the Protect Our Post Office Act to support Postal Workers. These evidence-based problem-solvers are needed in Washington to protect Postal Workers!
Dr. Bruce A. Lane