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U.S. mail slowdown aims at undermining our democracy – cleveland.com

Regarding the Oct. 10 Editorial Board Roundtable, “Is slowing deliveries a wise solution to Postal Service woes?”: The history of the United States Postal Service begins in 1775 with Benjamin Franklin as the first postmaster, conceived as a way to connect Americans with each other and to communicate with family and colleagues in England.
Today, it delivers medication to seniors and other users as the least expensive alternative allowed by insurance companies. Additionally, it delivers periodical mail to the reading audience, and voter ballots to counting centers.
Slowing down the mail has multiple severe effects: Medications are less likely to reach users in a timely manner; readers may become disenchanted with tardy newspapers and news magazines; and voters are in increasing danger of being disenfranchised.
The Postal “Service” is just that, a service. It was never meant to be a profit center. And encumbering it with fully funded pension and medical insurance systems ensures that eventually it will go down in flames. Is there anyone disingenuous enough to believe this is not a plan by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to further undermine democracy?
This is the 21st century. Surely there are solutions other than reverting to pre-Revolutionary War standards.
Carole Vigliotti,
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