Letters and Opinions, Wit and Wisdom
Beyond Borders Scores a Success in the Oregonian
by Dean Barnett
Reparation for descendants of slaves merits mention in the 2020 campaigns. A federal compensation program, immediately controversial and unacceptable in scope and expense, is often suggested. Group reparation through educational and entrepreneurial opportunity in a national program of education/training employing local resources provides more enduring effects. Individual eligibility and continuation contingent upon evidence of progress would be administered in conjunction with regional leaders of the affected group. Reparation should be modeled after past GI Bills with individual allowance for expenses and subsistence incurred in appropriate career training. Such GI opportunities trained my neighbor, post Korea, in barbering and led to my professional degree, post Viet Nam. We and many others enjoyed productive careers and repaid our training expenses many times over through more comfortable income tax brackets. Our government should invest in the long game everyone wins!
Here are some actions from various sources you can take to deal with the USPS crisis:
1) Worried about your ballot being counted and whether the USPS will be unable to deliver a “mail-in” ballot in a timely fashion? Here is what you can do:
Request a mail-in ballot (of course in Oregon, this is automatic)
Do not mail back it.
Google your supervisor of elections to see where you can drop off your mail-in ballot. It is usually not the polling place. All states allow this.
Here is what you're accomplishing by doing this:
You're not relying on the USPS to get your ballot in on time, so no matter what, your ballot gets in on time.
You don't have to worry about standing in long lines and risking infection. You're just stopping by to drop it off.
You still voted! Hooray!
Also, when you drop it off find out how to track it online to make sure it is verified. California, Oregon, Washington Colorado have systems that can track your ballot just like tracking a package from Amazon.
(From G. Tharler via a friend)
2) From some date (one week, two weeks before the election) we mail nothing! Not a bill payment, magazine subscription request, birthday card, Amazon…Nothing! Just our ballots. Let us let the USPS focus on the most important two weeks of our lives and their livelihood.
(From J. Buffo)
3) To realize a Biden/Harris America we must save the post office with:
immediate prime time investigations into post office sabotage
events at post offices showing America what is happening
impeachment proceedings for the postmaster general
(From Indivisible Oregon)
4) The following six men make up the USPS Board of Governors.
Louis DeJoy serves at their pleasure. Send an email to each asking them to hold DeJoy accountable for the destruction of the USPS at this crucial moment in the history.
(From M.A. Wish via a friend)
Here you will find some wording you can use for calls, letters, postcards, email to the USPS Board.
5) Saturday, August 22 is "#SaveThePostOffice Saturday!" At 11 a.m. (local time), we will show up at local post offices across the country to save the post office from Trump and declare that Postmaster General Louis DeJoy must resign. Click the link and sign up to participate!!
Compiled by Roberta Ruimy
BIG SEND personalized messages, collected by Guy Nelson
More than fifty letter writers in our Indivisible 97201 group in Portland, OR and their friends scattered around the country – including AZ, WA, WI, and MN - participated in the BIG SEND. One of the participants is a US citizen living in Canada.
We are part of more than 145,000 US citizens who have adopted voters and committed to send them handwritten letters this year encouraging them to vote. Our group has completed more than 15,000 letters. Nationally the amount is more than 15 MILLION letters.
Today, Saturday, October 17th is when we put them in the mail. Some of the writers, as they were addressing each letter, said the name of the recipient out loud. They felt they were connecting with the people they were writing to.
Below is a sample of the messages that went in the individual letters. The messages are inspiring and hopefully will cause a surge in voter participation this year.
I vote in every election because my vote is my voice and I want it to be heard. If all our voices are heard, we can elect leaders who will work for all of us.
I vote in every election because Tom Guzman and I made a pact in U.S. History class in the 11th grade (in 1960) to always vote. A few years later, Tommy died in Vietnam.
Please join me in voting on November 3rd, ‘Cuz Tommy can't.
I vote in every election because I want my voice to be heard on every issue. I want my children to know that their votes matter to our democracy, and that we all can make a difference. Vote, and you can, too!
I vote because I want my voice to be heard and counted. I vote because I want to be an example to my kids and grandkids so that they will become voters in every election, too.
I vote in every election because I want my voice to be heard and counted. I want to be an example to my kids and grandkids so that they will be voters in every election too. I tell them that voting is a way to make your opinion known.
I vote because I want my voice to be heard and a democracy only works if we each speak up. I vote because we deserve leaders who see us, hear us and are willing to act to meet the needs of all of us.
I used to count votes at a polling site. More than once, I saw an election won or lost by just one or two votes. Really! I now realize how much even one vote can make a difference. Your vote truly is your voice and your power!
I believe its important to speak up. Your vote is your voice!
Voting is a great equalizer. Everyone, no matter who they are, gets one vote, just like you and me.
I believe that every person deserves to have a say in our country's future. Many soldiers have lost their lives fighting for our rights and freedoms. The best way to honor them and protect our democracy is to vote!
...because I care and I worry. I remember that my grandmother couldn't vote until very late in life, so I write in her memory. We need to vote and elect the best candidates possible.
Voting is the best way to keep our democracy of the people, by the people and for the people.
Everyone's vote is important.
Voting makes a difference!
I vote in every election because my grandfather was an immigrant who told us grandkids that the day he received his naturalization papers was second to the day he married his wife as the best day of his life. He voted in every election as a privilege and a duty, I agree with his love of the US and vote in every election.
My vote is my voice and I want to help elect people who can be positive role models for future American generations. My vote goes to candidates that ACT maturely, TREAT human beings with respect and dignity, and PUT the interest of the American people far above their own.
Voting is an important act for us to take to preserve our democracy. I vote for candidates that recognize that they are servants of the people and put the people first.
When I became a US citizen, I made a promise to myself - I would NEVER miss voting in an election. I’ve kept my promise for 50 years. Your vote is your voice, too. Thank you!
I vote because I believe it is my privilege and my responsibility. Also, I want to help make critical choices about the kind of country my children will inherit. My parents did that for me.
My vote is my voice and I want it to be heard, especially now! By working together, we can elect leaders who will work for all of us, not just a wealthy few.
My vote is a way for me to have a say in shaping the future of our country. We are all in this together. Our vote is our voice!
I vote because it is a right and privilege that I will not take for granted.
My dear aunt turned 21 the day before the 1920 election. It was the first election in which she and women in the US could participate. I vote in every election in her honor.