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