Post Office still delivers an important public service

Bloomberg photo by Jayme Gershen. A United States Postal Service post office in Maimi on Aug. 22, 2020.

When I voted in June, I did so confidently and safely, by mail. Maybe you did, too. Tens of thousands of our neighbors certainly did. Almost as many people voted by mail with absentee ballots as voted in person.

The House of Representatives recently passed H.R. 8015, which prohibits any changes to mail service that would result in delays or non-delivery during the COVID crisis. It prohibits Post Office closures or consolidations, and reinforces the ability of the USPS to serve the American people during a difficult time. It prevents opportunists from hampering the USPS for their own political gain. And it demonstrates a continuing commitment to the reliable delivery of not only ballots, but also Social Security checks, medications, tax refunds and other important daily mail.

But ... our current Congressman, Chris Jacobs, voted “NO” on this bill. He subsequently said that he voted “no” by accident (which seems either astonishingly inept, or untrue). In fact, large numbers of voters in both parties will want to vote safely by mail this year. We need a Congressional representative who will carefully and thoughtfully participate in the responsibilities of the office.

The Post Office has been a pillar of American society since before we gained our independence. It is mandated by the U.S. Constitution. Short-sighted politicians like Chris Jacobs fail to care that the Post Office, despite some faults, is still one of the most successful and important public services of our nation.

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