I’m not ranting tonight, but just have a couple of little things that crossed my radar …
The cost of a letter
I remember when it cost a nickel, 5 cents, to mail a letter. And then it was a dime. Through the years, the cost of mailing a letter or a package has increased, which is to be expected as the cost of delivering the mail has increased. However, the announcement yesterday that the cost of mailing a letter will soon become 58 cents, more than half a dollar, rattled me a bit. Gone are the days when I can afford to buy and mail 50 Christmas cards to send to friends ‘n family. Thankfully, there is email. However, we still like to send physical cards to friends and loved ones at birthdays and holidays, and not all of us can sneeze at 58 cents to mail a damn card. Worse yet, on average it costs $30 or more to mail a package from the U.S. to the UK … that will, no doubt, also increase to the point of costing an entire day’s pay just to mail a package.
I might not mind the cost increases so much if there were some signs that efficiency is being restored to the United States Postal Service (USPS), but instead, the current head of the USPS, Louis DeJoy, has ‘promised’ to slow down the mail, to cut efficiency … in exchange for charging us more! DeJoy took over the job as Postmaster General in May 2020, appointed by the former guy and given the mandate to slow the mail in order to discourage and interfere with postal voting in the 2020 election. Despite DeJoy’s best efforts, a large number of us did manage to post our postal votes either by dropping them in ballot boxes or mailing them early enough that even DeJoy couldn’t delay them past the deadline. DeJoy should have been fired long ago, but the USPS Board of Governors seems to be pleased with his denigration of what was once a highly efficient operation serving the people of this nation well.
It would seem that DeJoy, just as is the case with Republicans in Congress, is still taking his marching orders from the irrelevant former guy. Yesterday, the Senate finally managed to confirm President Biden’s three nominees to the Board of Governors. They are Anton Hajjar, former general counsel of the American Postal Workers Union, Ron Stroman, a former deputy postmaster general, and Amber McReynolds, who leads the nonprofit National Vote at Home Institute. It is my fondest hope that the addition of these three to the USPS Board of Governors will result in the firing … or at the very least hamstringing … of Mr. DeJoy. We the People deserve better.
An update …
Last month I wrote about Nicole Poole Franklin, the white woman who intentionally ran down two children, one Black and one Hispanic, with her car because she didn’t like the colour of their skin. That happened in December 2019, and Ms. Franklin was only charged last month.
On Friday, Franklin was sentenced to two 25-year sentences, one for each child she attempted to kill, to be served concurrently. She also faces two federal hate crime charges for hitting the children because of their race and national origin. She is expected to be sentenced on August 19th for those charges and faces up to life in prison and up to a $250,000 fine for each offense. I have no empathy for this woman and frankly hope she never walks out of prison.
This Seth Meyers clip brought me a few chuckles … perhaps it will do the same for you.