Postal reform measure can make a difference

I take issue with Kevin Kosar’s Feb. 16 opinion piece “Will Trump sign postal reform legislation?” The author’s contention that a new postal reform bill from the House is “incrementalist and status-quo preserving” fails to see the far greater picture of what’s facing our nation’s postal system and what needs to be done to preserve this still-valued American treasure.

Kosar overlooks the fact that House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Jason ChaffetzJason ChaffetzDem demands documents from TSA after scathing security report Chaffetz replacement sworn in as House member Democrats expand House map after election victories MORE’s (R-Utah) bill is supported by labor, business and postal management and restores some of the commonsense approaches to running the second-largest government employer in America. Even if this is the first of many necessary steps to set our postal system on a sustainable long-term trajectory, it’s a vital stepping stone.

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More importantly, given the broad bipartisan support for HR 756, this is legislation that can make a difference and can move now. Trying to appeal to conservative sentiments destroys any chance of support in the Senate and actually puts the taxpayers at much greater risk.

Contrary to Kosar’s overriding theme, there are many compelling reasons to move and sign this bill. It protects taxpayers from having to guarantee the full obligations of the U.S. government by keeping this 100 percent user-paid system viable so mailers continue to mail. Unlike taxes, no one has to mail.

Innovation in the post will come from enlightened postal leadership in partnership with business and other interests seeking to innovate and improve. Look at past such collaborations like the Forever Stamp, and now the new Informed Delivery service, which enables you to get an early morning email indicating what postal mail you can expect to receive later that day. And do not forget the role of the mailers who are so invested in the system today. Not only do they provide a source of innovation as to how to meet customer needs of tomorrow, but they also provide very rigorous checks and balances on unfettered government activity today.

I hope the president will soon sign commonsense legislation broadly supported and rigorously vetted. After all, everyone still needs their mail and packages delivered. What’s needed is integrating hard copy and digital for a seamless experience that adds value to American lives. Ironically, that is exactly what the USPS is making impressive strides to achieve right now.

From Hamilton Davison, president and executive director, American Catalog Mailers Association, Washington, D.C.


Critics wrong to imply Trump harbors anti-Semitism

It is disturbing that many in the media appeared surprised when President Trump condemned the recent spate of threats against Jewish Community Centers. The facts surrounding President Trump’s acceptance of the Jewish people are clear. He happily accepted his daughter’s conversion to Judaism and marriage to a Jew, appointed his Jewish son-in-law to be a senior advisor, loves his three Jewish grandchildren, employs and relies on many Jews and has been a steadfast supporter of Israel. 

One can argue whether President Trump should have handled certain situations regarding Jews differently (such as the question at the recent press conference), but it is too great of a logical leap to conclude that President Trump acted out of anti-Semitism. 

It is certainly permissible to engage in the academic exercise of whether one should have responded differently to a question. It is wrong, however, for individuals to ascribe anti-Semitism to someone who harbors no animus to Jews but merely phrased a response or sent a tweet that they do not like.             

From Michael B. Abramson, Adviser, National Diversity Coalition for Trump, Atlanta, Ga.