After 25 years working for the U.S. Postal Service, Edith Hough knows the value of the mail.
Hough, who retired in 2018 from working at the post office facility on East Patrick Street in Frederick, was back in front of her old workplace Tuesday night as one of nearly a dozen people protesting proposed cuts to the postal service by President Donald Trump’s administration.
Despite concerns that the administration is slowing down mail service to hinder the delivery and return of ballots for mail-in voting, Hough sees another reason for the slowdown in service that some customers have seen.
The Frederick and Annapolis facilities are handling Baltimore’s mail because of issues with the COVID-19 pandemic, causing a ripple effect through the local service, she said.
But others who stood along East Patrick Street, waving to cars who honked in support as they drove by, saw more nefarious forces at work.
It feels like the postal service is being sabotaged, said Rachel Hall of Westminster.
She believes mail-in voting is a safe way to cast ballots.
“Everything has become a partisan issue lately,” she said.
Hall said people also need the mail to get medicine and other things they need, she said.
Pam Bell of Frederick said she’s concerned about what she’s seen happening, and about the possibility of ballots getting slowed down.
She and her husband both get medication through the mail.
And with the continuing pandemic, Bell said she’ll definitely be voting by mail in November’s election.
Small businesses need the postal service, and mail service is essential for everything from paying bills and getting medicine to the birthday card she recently sent to her daughter, said Patricia Witt, of Berkeley Springs, W.Va.
“This country will not work without a post office. We need a postal system,” she said.