Go Ahead and Jump: Frogs, USPS and You

It’s not true; it’s a lie. A frog will jump out when the water gets hot. There is this fable that if you put a frog in tepid water and then gradually increase the temperature, the frog will be, well boiled alive because the frog won’t notice the change. No. That is a myth. When the water gets hot, the frog will jump out the water. The frog can sense changes in the environment; can process information that signals impending danger. On the other hand, can people do that?

I am anxiously waiting for my driver’s license and registration. I’m black and about driving with a temporary license (a piece of paper) and expired tags is the opening scene of a horror movie that keeps playing out across the US. I sent in my paperwork for registration renewal in June. I went to the DMV, stood in a socially distant line before my license expired in mid-July. Early in the pandemic, I went into mask making mode, I stopped counting after I’d made 125 and they were sent via the United States Postal Service. The“ recent changes to the UPSP are beyond alarming. I’ve known for a few years the postal service was struggling. I noticed the few add on items like cards and specialty mailing boxes and bubble wrappers were being sold which I assumed were attempts to increase revenue. I noted they increased self-service options and cut hours.  I’m guilty of not considering they would shut down.  We’re now the mythological frog in hot water; is it too late to jump out of the pot?

The post office is a government agency. For those applauding the changes saying run it like a business, stop it. The Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) in 2008 funded 700 billion to purchase failing bank assets. We’re in the midst of a pandemic which makes mail delivery vital; the USPS is considered and essential service. The US deficit is $26,505,315,299,968 (close to 30 trillion). The Postal Reorganization Act of 1970 states:

The United States Postal Service shall be operated as a basic and fundamental service provided to the people by the Government of the United States, authorized by the Constitution, created by Act of Congress, and supported by the people. The Postal Service shall have as its basic function the obligation to provide postal services to bind the Nation together through the personal, educational, literary, and business correspondence of the people. It shall provide prompt, reliable, and efficient services to patrons in all areas and shall render postal services to all communities. The costs of establishing and maintaining the Postal Service shall not be apportioned to impair the overall value of such service to the people.

We depend on the USPS. Seniors get their medications via mail, social security checks, those tax forms and statements we need to file our income taxes, notification of voter registration and those invaluable Bed, Bath and Beyond coupons. Don’t forget, holiday cards, wedding invitations and magazines. Overtime has been forbidden, which makes no sense during a pandemic when demand has increased. The Postal Service also is poised to remove 671 mail-sorting machines, roughly 10 percent of its inventory.   Some of this mail sorting equipment has already been removed. Why? These are huge machines that process 36,000 pieces of mail per hour!

As I finished this week’s post – news came that the USPS will stop the removal of mailboxes. Will the mailboxes removed be put back? Will the mail sorting machines be returned? Will overtime be allowed? The immediate danger is for the upcoming, but these changes will have a huge impact on rural areas. There is no shortage of news about what’s going on. This week, ask yourself, does the USPS matter to you? If it does, go to USPS.com and buy some stamps. Mashable has a list of other actions you can take. I am jumping out of his pot of water AND looking for a way to turn off the heat; so, queue my Van Halen theme song and go ahead and jump.

 


  1. The first postmaster general was established in 1775.
  2. The Postal Service Act was signed into law by President George Washington on February 20, 1792. This legislation that established the United States Post Office Department as a permanent part of the Federal government of the United States
  3. Mail Sorter

One comment

  1. the trouble with the postal service is it’s a needed service for the country and has been since its creation. It was never meant to make money, and was even understood it would lose money because of the amount of mail and people needed to send it off and store it or whatever. The system was never meant to make money. So yeah, I get frustrated when people talk about running it like a business. How many thousands of small town post offices would close across the country? They exist because places FedEx, DHL, and other shipping services wouldn’t have a storefront in places where you might have a couple dozen people in a town. That would lose THEM money, and they run like a business, so they’d stay far away. On the other hand, the local post office is there when they need it, so it works for them.
    There was a good youtube vid that talked about this. Sometimes I can find it and maybe I’m too tired, but I can’t tonight or I’d just send you the link instead of summarizing it.

    What I’m finding kinda funny (that tiny silver lining) about what’s been going on is Mr. Businessman in the top of the government, who was elected so he’d run things like a business, is realizing he can’t do what he usually does and just declare bankruptcy and walk away… and it’s ticking him off. But boy, look at him try. Sad, sad, sad.

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