I usually read Debra DeAngelo’s columns for her spunk; she is the Joan Rivers of The Davis Enterprise. But her Sunday farewell to the U.S. Postal Service, and paper communication, requires a response.
I agree with DeAngelo about Congress’ requirement that USPS “pre-fund” retirement (i.e., pensions) for its employees for unheard-of years ahead. Congress surely intended by this to hobble and embarrass the USPS, which House Republicans still want to privatize. “Congress can fix that,” as she says.
But her “everything now can be done without paper” argument doesn’t fly. How can I send you a document requiring “an original signature” electronically? I can’t. How can I submit (electronically) a document requiring an embossed (i.e., raised) seal for authenticity? I can’t. I pay bills, and most contributions, by paper check sent by USPS, which (with my own alertness) has averted the intrusion by strangers into my financial realm.
DeAngelo refers, for her authority, to a younger, computer-savvy generation. I greet them and feel quite willing to learn from them. But on these matters, they’ll need to learn the necessity of “getting it on paper.”
Dale M. Heckman