A leaked US Supreme Court decision, not yet final, that would overturn Roe v. Wade’s 1973 ruling recognizing women’s right to abortion will continue to dominate the nation’s attention for months, if not years.
Hours after the ruling was leaked, certainty was already cemented in the eyes of millions of American men and women that the ruling could have a seismic impact on this year’s midterm elections and the 2024 presidential ballot. – as well as politics in general perhaps for generations.
But as forces on both sides of this issue remain mobilized, it is imperative that Americans also remain “plugged in” other important issues and developments that may affect their lives to varying degrees. We will focus on one of these issues in this editorial – the intentional slowdown of the US Postal Service.
The two issues are not directly related but are nonetheless related in that in the end both will have had a lot of anger and many protests directed their way.
On the mail front, the U.S. Postal Service announced on April 18 that it would slow delivery times for nearly a third of all first-class packages as part of its effort to cut costs and reduce reliance to air transport.
According to the Postal Service, the move will add up to a day or two for some packages traveling long distances – not good news for long-critical Postal customers “Postal mail.”
Postmaster General Louis DeJoy says the longer delivery times are part of a plan to cut more than $160 billion in projected losses over the next decade.
But chances are his savings will fall short of what he plans by using more trains and trucks to transport packages instead of relying on an air network he says is more costly and hampered. by reliability issues.
the “jury” – i.e. postal customers – will not need a year to return a “verdict” on the correctness of DeJoy’s judgment. If customers turn to United Parcel Service or Federal Express — or any other service — to get their packages to their destinations faster, that will be the package carriers’ financial gain and the USPS’s lost revenue.
No one knows how long this situation might last for USPS, but it should be an important point of reflection.
As many companies and services can already attest, once customers “wander,” it is sometimes difficult to bring them back.
The media chronicles the ongoing protests outside the Supreme Court building and in cities across the country. During this time, there will likely be fewer, if any, actual postal protests, but customers will still deliver their messages — with less reliance on the post office.
Eventually, on both fronts, clear and unequivocal messages will be available for all to see.