While "neither snow nor rain no heat nor gloom of night" can stop the U.S. Postal Service from doing its job, an internet outage prevented customers at the Kew Gardens Hills Post Office on Main Street between 76th and 75th avenues, from buying stamps and money orders, ordering special delivery of items or conducting other vital transactions from August 29 to September 1.
No backup system existed, so customers were referred to Post Offices in Fresh
Meadows and Pomonok. While this may seem like a small inconvenience to some, it underscores many large problems that the USPS is experiencing.
I hear complaints from neighbors about slow mail delivery or items dropped off at the wrong address. If things are bad now, what will happen when mail-in voting starts this fall?
The USPS has been under siege by the GOP since 2006, when Congress passed the Postal Accountability & Enhancement Act, requiring the Postal Service to fund retiree health benefits 75 years in advance. No other government agency has this mandate.
Republicans want to cripple the USPS and then privatize it. Current Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, who has financial stakes in firms competing with the USPS, accelerated this process by shutting down sorting machines and removing mail boxes.
The Postal Service has bound our nation together since it was created in 1775. Its operations must not be hindered.
Kew Gardens Hills