Periodically, there have been letters and coverage in the Frederick News-Post regarding poor mail delivery, but there is little coverage on why this is.

One letter detailed the role of the U.S. Postal Service, Postmaster DeJoy’s, in sabotaging “his” own agency in order to stop the vote-by-mail campaign last fall (in times of a pandemic). DeJoy took out mail-sorting stations in certain hubs, including in Frederick, in order to lose or delay mailed ballots for the election, and to target progressive states in doing so. Baltimore got to process the mail formerly done at Frederick, but no extra employees to handle the influx — just as Christmas mail increased because of COVID. Postmaster DeJoy’s motive in serving Donald Trump’s ambitions coincided with the interests of rival commercial delivery services in which he has financial shares. This is not news to anyone who has been paying attention or reading. Well, how about some more news on continuing abuses from DeJoy, so ironically named?

Postmaster DeJoy plans deeper service cuts, more expensive postage and lower delivery commitments. Added to this, he has been entering the USPS into service agreements with those corporate delivery companies in which he has investments.

Any way to stop him? Only the Board of Governors of the USPS can stop him and there are vacancies on that board. The Biden administration has indicated it will appoint good people to that Board, but given the dumpster fire that Biden inherited from the previous administration, it may not be the first thing on the agenda. The present Congress also has introduced legislation to remove requirements from a previous Congress that the USPS pre-fund retirements for the next 75 years — a financial burden visited on no other existing corporation or agency and one which obviously aimed at bankrupting the USPS with a view to privatization by commercial rivals.

The whole issue is an object lesson for Americans in why it matters that Americans elect honest administrators rather than corrupt opportunists to the U.S. presidency. Correcting a system gone wrong takes longer than lighting a dumpster fire for private and cronies’ political gain. But it’s not only in the choice of a president where integrity matters — the measure requiring pre-funding USPS retirements came out of the GOP’s lock on Congress during the Bush and Obama years. And that failure is on Frederick County too. Frederick County’s Congressman Bartlett was one of the good ol’ boys who bloc-voted anything the GOP told him to during the 90s — a GOP behavior that has continued through the Trump years and culminated in the second impeachment trial we are seeing now.

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to sense

I have lived downtown for many years and have enjoyed reliable postal service until our good postman left. Since then mail is almost consistently being misdelivered. I have received mail numerous times, during the year addressed to another address and important mail I was supposed to receive they delivered to another address, on many occasions. The important mail they have lost of mine contained bank checks and the envelopes were clearly marked payment.

public-redux

Mail a letter of complaint to the post office.

eak1969123

The process of sorting Fredericks mail in Baltimore began about 10 years ago. Long before Trump or DeJoy. Really? A congressman who left office 5 elections ago is the reason for poor mail service today? How about the years when Obama was President while the democrats simultaneously had majorities in both the House and Senate. That was their opportunity to solve such problems.

Greg F

Said it before, I ship upwards of 2000 packages for years with zero issues at all until DeJoy took over. 100% delivery with only a minor occasion where something was delayed by a couple days at most. Now it’s every time something ships. It started with the GOP per-funding of pensions and now it is DeJoy’s foibles with the combined Covid and removal of sorting machines entirely in some locations that is it. DeJoy wants USPS to fail to his benefit with a competitor he has direct interest in, and GOP has had USPS as a target to undermine to get it privatized for decades so they can put in any restrictions or prices they want, without the constitution backing of the agency. What about that don’t you get?

Greg F

And the brief time they had both was dealing with the Bush Great Recession so you seem to conveniently forget the challenges of the day to blame it on the black guy again. Typical.

elmerchismo1

Look at graphic representations / timelines of on-time mail delivery over the last 10 years and it will be obvious that performance deteriorated suddenly and drastically last year after DeJoy took over. Obviously you hate Obama, but you can't pin this on him.

Greg F

TBS should do a 24hour marathon of Kevin Costner’s The Postman in memory of the past power and pride of USPS to bring a nation together. DeJoy is a trump stooge who wants to divide it.

Brookhawk

DeJoy should be demoted to a carrier.

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