Save the USPS

To the Editor:

In 2006, The Postal Accountability Act was introduced and voted for and passed by the Republican U.S. House, then (stupidly passed by the Dem. Senate), then signed by “W.”

The bill required the USPS over a 10 year period to bank a fund to prepay pensions 75 years into the future. This bill put the USPS into a no profit position, which caused a deficit of $62.5 billion. However $58.5 billion of that money were funds put into the retirement fund. This was too high of a cost for such a short period of time. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, due to no fault of their own, the USPS is further in debt. Other factors include, FeDEx, UPS, Amazon, and DHL. Are they taxed properly? The USPS is not government funded and forbidden to raise rates to stay competitive and $800,000,000 was also taken from the coffers to pay for the Iraq and Afgan conflicts.

Politicians have taken a profitable civil service with dedicated employees 400,000-plua, who many have been infected with COVID-19 and put it into debt. Now the man occupying the White House is attacking it, and putting a know nothing sycophant donor Louis DeJoy in charge of the USPS. Now orders are to cut out overtime, and if the regular delivery person is off, no one is assigned to deliver the mail to our citizens. The mail has to wait until he/she returns from their day off, or eventually a temp is assigned to replace the regular.

If we have voting by mail, can we say voter suppression? The latest Heroes Act included $25 billion to help the USPS stay solvent. Trump said no! Trumps targets are USPS, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, SNAP, ACA and anyone that disagrees with him. This info was accessed thru Politifact.com. Nothing fake about this.

Time to call your representatives and senators and challenge them about the truth!

— Joe West

Covington