We keep hearing from residents — including seniors — and small businesses about delays with mail deliveries from the U.S. Postal Service. We keep hearing about very serious delays with the mail.

These are not just inconveniences and annoyances. These are not just late Christmas cards and birthday presents.

We keep hearing from residents on Shore who are waiting and waiting for medication to arrive. They are having problems with credit cards, utilities and insurance carriers because their bills are late because of mail deliveries.

The delays are weeks-long for some. This is completely unacceptable.

Small businesses — here on the Eastern Shore and in other communities across the country — are facing delays with accounts receivables. They are not receiving checks and invoices key to their business, and their own outgoing expenditures are facing delays. Local nonprofits are facing the same problems with the U.S. Postal Service.

Small businesses and their employees are already on edge because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Long delays with mail deliveries are the last thing small businesses need right now. The same goes for nonprofits who have seen their donations and fundraising severely challenged during the coronavirus pandemic.

Lengthy mail delays are the last thing seniors and others who depend on the Post Office in our local communities need. The social isolations they are facing are stressful enough for many.

Fixing the U.S. Postal Service should be a top priority for the incoming Congress and President-elect Joe Biden.

The U.S. Mail is an essential government service. It is essential to many small businesses and many of our residents here on the Shore.

The USPS has faced challenges for years and across multiple administrations. Its problems have been magnified this year and in the waning days of the Trump administration.

We need to fix the post office now. We need government and politicians to actually fix a problem to the benefit of their constituents. How can UPS, FedEx and Amazon keep up their deliveries and the USPS be struggling so badly? There is blame to go around — including with the Trump administration.

What we need is for the incoming Biden administration to solve this problem with a focus on improving mail deliveries in small towns and rural communities.

That might not get the TV ratings with myopic cable news hosts or drive partisan fundraising efforts.

But these delays are really hurting our neighbors and local businesses. President-elect Joe Biden talks about empathy and understanding the economic, social and health plights of everyday Americans.

Fixing the post office is a chance for Biden and the Democrats in Congress to prove they have some real world understanding.

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