I generally try to steer clear of politically tinged items of interest, but I also think it’s important to stand up for what you believe in. So here I make my plea for the post service . . .
People don’t write anymore. There’s emails and texts and social media. Handwritten love notes and thank you cards and I’m thinking of you missives seem to be going the way of the dinosaur. As we eliminate the beauty of the written word, strike the need for cursive handwriting knowledge, I’m faced with the question . . . what next?
Right now the United States Postal Service is facing uber budget cuts and just barely keeping their head above water. People aren’t buying stamps and sending letters like they used to. And with places like fedex and ups, why stand in line as much as you used to? The USPS is currently trying to stay in the light of a growing shadow and whispers of bankruptcy. But do you know why? They aren’t going under because of their own accord, they aren’t going under because they are mismanaged or poorly organized with their funds. In fact, it’s just the opposite. The post office at one time was so lucratively appealing that the government allocated its profit to fund other outside interests. So instead of leaving it where it belonged and funneling it back into the system that created it, they borrowed against it and crossed their fingers. And now it’s catching up . . .
The post office has been in service since Benjamin Franklin was first appointed Postmaster General in 1775. That’s over 225 years. A service that brought people news good and bad, kept people connected, delivered through rain, sleet and snow . . . Something so integral that a founding country member was a part of it, and it’s slipping away . . . My postman is my friend’s father. The postmen I know, whether they are driving the truck, on a back road in a makeshift vehicle or walking the beat, all work their butts off.
And in case you’re curious, here are other facts about the United States Postal Service you may know of known.
So my plea is this . . . rather than send an email or a “heartfelt” text, pen a little note. Buy a 99cent card at the store. Write a little heart you line. Compile a lovely message. Put a stamp on it. And send it USPS. If you’re feeling extra great, do several!
Don’t let such an amazing service disappear . . .