Making their appointed rounds

The postal service that almost everyone uses is under attack in Congress and by private enterprise. This is the only government entity that is expressly mentioned in the Constitution and it must be protected and maintained. I, for one, want to be assured of the sacredness of my written communications. For over 230 years this has been a promise that has been upheld. From the time of Paul Revere to the Pony Express and today to Iraq and Afghanistan, the U.S. Postal Service is still on the job.

I want to say that our postal service employees never let us down. They always meet their appointed rounds. For this level of dedication, competence and loyalty they receive a living wage with benefits, including health care and the security of being a federal worker who, if he maintains his performance standards, can be assured of the lifelong stability of a solid job and retirement.

The use of periodicals, papers plus a multitude of other items – some live (baby chicks) – seeds, even homes a long time ago, were guaranteed to arrive to their destination. And they always did. Does private enterprise guarantee delivery of your mail? Hardly. Why should they when their employees are underpaid, with no benefits, very little say in their job and security based on fluctuations of the market. Besides, it may be cold outside and better yet, the boonies are beyond their beckoning.

This is the difference between the private sector and your government (we, the taxpayer, are the government). We the taxpayer, will pay for dedication, loyalty, interest in the job, competence and engagement with the job. These are the intangibles of a good employee and the private sector does not value this part of a person. This is a major reason that the government should never be run as a business enterprise.

Eugene A. DiClemente