Letter: Support the postal service

Published: 4/25/2020 12:01:17 AM
Modified: 4/25/2020 12:01:05 AM

We are retired letter carriers and we are writing to warn of a bleak future for the U.S. Postal Service.

COVID-19 has halted most first-class and marketing mail depriving the Postal Service of much needed revenue. The federal government must act quickly to pass relief legislation or the USPS will run out of money.

Our great letter carriers, a quarter of whom are veterans, have never stood taller than during this horrible pandemic. They are delivering our nation’s mail seven days a week despite grievous risks to their health and safety. True public servants.

Small businesses depend on the USPS to deliver their revenue-generating packages. The health care industry depends on the USPS to deliver 4 million prescriptions each day, along with medical supplies and tests. Absentee voting will not be possible without the USPS.

The USPS truly ties our great country together, connecting 160 million homes and businesses from every corner of our nation. It is the community hub for much of small-town America.

Though American leaders worked together to add a $13 billion direct grant for Postal Service relief in the recent CARES Act, it was removed because President Trump would not sign the act if there was any money for the Postal Service included and it was too important and timely an act to delay.

Please contact your senators and representative and ask them to support any current or future bills providing relief to the U.S. Postal Service.

LEW HENRY

Gilmanton

JIM FUCELLA, TERRY GESEL and BILL BRICKLEY

Manchester




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