The editorial board of the Star Democrat has taken the United States Postal Service to task for its poor service. Their bemoaning the current status of the USPS (Sunday, Feb. 7) touches a nerve in the body politic. Up until April of 2020, the USPS enjoyed a 90% approval rating from the public (1), that’s even better than kittens (actually, …..never mind).
While certainly the coronavirus pandemic has contributed to delayed mail service both in direct effects and a large increase in mailed packages particularly in the just past holiday season, the editors do not even mention one major contribution to the problem, the ascension of Louis DeJoy as postmaster general. This loyal Republican, was selected by the 9-member board of directors of the USPS in June of 2020. Following marching orders from Mr. Trump and his secretary of the Treasury, Steven Mnuchin, Mr. DeJoy proceeded to enact “reforms” that led to a dramatic decrease in service. (1,2) There is much speculation as to why this appointment of a wealthy supporter was needed at this time.
On that note, contrary to what the editors write: “There were problems with mail deliveries last year, then the USPS seemed to not have problems getting millions of mail-in ballots delivered for the November election.” Actually, “USPS processed 150,000 ballots after Election Day, jeopardizing thousands of votes.” (3) I think most Americans supported mail-in ballots. But that’s for another day.
So, please don’t blame the workers at the USPS. Mr. DeJoy is still in his position planning to wreck further havoc on mail delivery. (1) He is a political appointee and can be removed, its just messy. But then, we’re used to messy politics.
BRIAN J. CORDEN