POTTSVILLE — For the second consecutive week, protesters demonstrated Thursday in support of the U.S. Postal Service in front of the office of U.S. Rep. Dan Meuser.
About 10 people turned out to say Americans need to protect the Postal Service from what they allege are President Donald Trump’s efforts to destroy it.
“I do think they need more money,” Anne Kurtek of Pottsville said while holding a banner for the United Labor Council of Schuylkill County. “They like to work with skeleton crews to save money.”
The Postal Service became a hot-button issue when Trump appointed businessman and political supporter Louis DeJoy as postmaster general, replacing Pottsville native Megan J. Brennan. DeJoy is a businessman, certified public accountant and Republican donor.
Trump opponents have alleged cost-cutting measures that DeJoy implemented, including destruction of some sorting machines and removal of some mailboxes, are designed to interfere with mail-in voting and help the president’s re-election chances.
Meuser, R-9, Dallas, a Luzerne County Republican whose district includes all of Schuylkill County, has said the Postal Service has all the money it needs. He said it has not touched money made available in one of the bills designed to improve the economy in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
He also maintains that the delivery of mail-in ballots should not be impeded, noting that the Postal Service handles far more additional mail during the Christmas season than it is projected to get from voting.
Kris Norton of Pine Grove said Trump is trying to undermine an agency whose existence is sanctioned by the Constitution. She blames the president for the situation, including appointing a man she said is unqualified to lead the Postal Service.
“I can’t stand Trump. He’s nothing but a con man and a cheat,” she said. “Basically, DeJoy is just another one of Trump’s swamp people.”
Colleen Kucirka of Andreas said the country needs the Postal Service.
“The United States Postal Service is essential,” Kucirka said. “Contrary to what people think, many people still use the Postal Service.”
For example, she said, many people receive prescriptions by mail, and senior citizens depend on the mail for many things.
She said she took a trip to her own post office Wednesday, and saw its importance for herself.
“There were eight of us in line to go in,” Kucirka said.
Adam Glenn of Pottsville said the key issue involving the Postal Service involves mail-in voting. He held a sign reading “Don’t mess with my mail” as he said the Postal Service must be able to deliver the votes.
“We need to keep our post office open,” he said. “I want my vote to count.”