For more than a quarter century, we have published The Holy Encounter in printed form. While technology has advanced and expanded into digital options, we have found that many of our readers (including ourselves!) still value a printed copy. This is true for many seniors, for those in areas with unreliable internet access, and also for readers in correctional facilities.
Recently, you may have noticed a delay in the delivery of your issues of The Holy Encounter by the postal service. Our readers reported to us that our July/August issue, in some cases, took more than a month to arrive.
Conversations with our local postal authorities, as well as reporting by NPR and other reputable news agencies, has explained how the current Postmaster General, appointed by President Trump in 2017, has actively been pursuing service-reduction measures. Under the new Postmaster, the service has embarked upon what’s been called a long-overdue “operational pivot.” It means that among other things, late-arriving mail will now be left behind by carriers and delivered the next day. Overtime will be eliminated.
The Administration has frequently criticized the Postal Service, charging that it gives favorable deals to online retailers. Actually, a government study found that e-commerce package deliveries are profitable for the Postal Service — although not sufficient to offset the decline in other types of mail.
If you value postal mail, we encourage you to contact your local, state, and federal representatives to voice your support for the service.
The U.S. Postal Service continues to furnish an essential service for the American public. As the nation’s largest delivery service for prescription medications, it provides life-saving aid to many Americans. It is also one of the few government agencies specifically mentioned in the Constitution.
Even closer to home, our Center is primarily supported through contributions made by mail. Without donations that come to us through the mail, we would have a hard time sustaining our services.
If you value postal mail, we encourage you to contact your local, state, and federal representatives to voice your support for the service. They will only make changes if they think their voters care. It is our hope that we can, together, work to restore service levels to this vital institution and continue to deliver The Holy Encounter to you in a timely fashion.