Find a way to offer relief to essential postal system

’Tis the season – to send Christmas cards, and thereby brighten the day of friends and family and neighbors. This is a tradition that I enjoy, by way of the U.S. Postal Service. I put up with the cost of stamps in order to make a personal connection with people all over the country.

But with the cost of first-class stamps now nearing 50 cents, I’m wondering how much longer I’ll continue sending cards. I prefer the hand-written message over the electronic blast, any day.

Our postal system is an essential daily tool that connects everyone, regardless of access to electronic media. A strong and healthy postal system is a pillar that supports our democracy. Congress should offer budget relief for the post office, to ensure that everyone may send personal greetings and messages easily, whatever the occasion.

Gladys Gifford