Letter: Preserve the U.S. Postal Service, encourage mail-in voting

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Editor of the Reformer,

Wake up Americans! The present administration plans to privatize the postal service!! For those of you who think this nefarious plan is just a blip please examine the facts, a consideration unheard of by Trump and his corporate cronies. The administration has a reason for this move — cripple the USPS, make absentee voting difficult.

FACT: Trump said "Mail-in voting is not good for Republicans," implying this as a reason for the abolition of absentee voting — he voted absentee, claiming it as a right. Probable opponents should be deprived of the same right?

He has made multiple and repeated claims stating that voter fraud is rampant in the U.S. — this an outright lie. One example: Trump falsely claimed that millions voted illegally for Hillary Clinton, costing him the popular vote. The investigators, Trump allies, found NO evidence of fraud and the discredited commission was dissolved in 2018.

The Brennan Center for Justice found after conducting an extensive study that the rate of voter fraud in the U.S. was somewhere between 0.0004 percent and 0.0009 percent of all votes.

Voting by mail has become increasingly popular in U.S. elections and nearly one quarter of all voters cast mail ballots in 2016. Destruction of the postal service will enact an incalculable penalty against individuals who cannot get to polling places. They depend on the postal service.

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The CDC published recommendations that states should "encourage mail-in methods of voting if allowed in the jurisdiction" so people can vote while maintaining social distancing.

FACT: USPS is one of the few agencies explicitly authorized by the U.S. Constitution. Benjamin Franklin was the first postmaster general.

USPS has 503,103 career employees, and 141,021 non-career employees legally obligated to service ALL Americans regardless of geography, at uniform prices and quality, a requirement well met.

In 2006 it was mandated by Congress that 5.5 billion a year be paid by USPS to fully prefund employee retirement health benefits, a punitive burden enacted by the Bush administration. In addition it must now compete against private package delivery services such as FedEx, UPS, and Amazon. Since the 1980s many tax subsidies have been reduced or eliminated. You still get daily delivery of mail and numerous other services.

The electorate will endure incalculable expense and inconvenience and perhaps fraud, with privatization of the postal service.

Lynda Copeland

Halifax, April 12


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