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The Bespeckled PatriotPosted Saturday, October 15, 2011, at 9:10 PM
Ben Franklin is likely spinning in his grave over the latest pot boiler concerning the continuing existence of the United States Post Office. Franklin was the first Post Master General of our 235 year old republic. He's probably wondering what our "do nothing" congress is thinking.
I wonder too. How can anyone think that we don't need our postal system anymore? That's the kind of thinking that brought us to a broken down rail system. So called progressives, in the late 1950s and 60's, thought the railroads were outmoded transportation. There were people who felt we should tear up all the rails in the country. After all, we had diesel trucks which could carry goods all over our new highway system to all points of our nation. And airplanes could take passengers everywhere in the world quickly. No need for the railroads anymore.
Well, now we find that our highway systems are crumbling, our air is full of fumes from expensive fuels, and the automobiles and trucks that were to be the answer for everything, are costly and not efficient. Now, our government is talking about electric super speed rails to move people in a fast and clean fashion. But we will have to buy back right of way all over the states, not to mention replacing the torn up rails. Hind sight is always twenty-twenty.
Therefore, our congress needs to really think the latest US postal solution through, thoroughly. Technology and email is not the answer for all of our future. There is still room for the lowly "snail mail" and we must make congress realize that the United States Postal Service is indispensable. What the government must do quickly is rescind the 2006 George W. Bush law covering retirement benefits for postal workers seventy five years into the future. The postal service can renegotiate with its members for their future later, but let's save their jobs and the nation's mail now.
Finally, the mail is a family event. Think of how special your child felt when she or he received their first piece of mail. I was so excited when I got my first card in the mail slot at the front door our house. I thought it was a marvelous mystery. How did the letter get to our house? How did the postman know to bring it to me? It was magic and it was just so neat. I still like to receive mail and I especially like to send cards and letters. I continue to be amazed at how the mail travels and seldom seems to miss its target.
This is one department in our government that is for sure not an old fashioned idea. Just think about the mail and don't make Old Ben look over his spectacles at what our government is considering. Instead, after you've thought awhile, call your representatives in Washington DC, and tell them what you really think.
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I'm Enid. No, not the town in Oklahoma, but a transplant to Eureka Springs from Minneapolis fourteen years ago. I'm a writer, journalist and sometime artist. My real love is expressing my opinions on almost any subject, as you have seen in my many letters to the Editor of The Lovely County Citizen over the years. Now, I'm happy to say that I will be writing a blog titled In a Twist for your amusement, amazement or commiseration. Thanks for giving me a read.