Louisville postal workers to deliver medicine in emergencies [Opinion: The Arena]

USPS volunteers will deliver medication, in case of bioterrorism attack

After arriving in Louisville the medications, guarded by Jefferson County Sheriff’s police and Corrections Department personnel, would be distributed to postal sites. From these sites, postal letter carrier volunteers would deliver the medications door-to-door throughout the Louisville metro area. Each postal carrier would be guarded by a Louisville metro police officer along the delivery route.

Uspslogo.png“I’d like to thank the city and rural letter carriers who volunteered to be part of this program,” said acting Louisville Postmaster Wendy English. “We signed up 322 volunteers, which far exceeded our expectations.”

“This is yet another way for our men and women in blue to prove what an asset they are to our nation,” said Allen Harris Jr., the president of Branch 14 of the National Association of Letter Carriers.

“When the Cities Readiness Initiative was first announced in 2004, the Postmaster General made the decision to allow our letter carriers to participate on a voluntary basis,” said Pat Mendonca, Senior Director for the Postmaster General. “What a great opportunity for our letter carriers in Louisville as well as the city itself to show the nation that it is prepared for this type of emergency.”

mailman.gifBy the way (if you’re interested), the phrase, "Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night stays these courageous couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds" was said about 2500 years ago by the Greek historian, Herodotus. He said this adage during the war between the Greeks and Persians about 500 B.C. in reference to the Persian mounted postal couriers whom he observed and held in high esteem.

Today many people believe this saying to be the U.S. Postal Service (U.S.P.S.) motto, but, in fact, is not their official slogan. According to the U.S.P.S. they have no slogan at all. The reason it has become identified with the U.S.P.S. is because back in 1896-97 when the New York City General Post Office was being designed, Mitchell Kendal, an employee for the architectural firm, McKim, Mead and White, came up with the idea of engraving Herodotus' saying all around the outside of the building. From that time on the saying has been associated with U.S. postal carriers.

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At various times I have been a student, a soldier, a college Political Science teacher, a political campaign treasurer, and legal adviser to Louisville's Police Department and Board of Aldermen. I now practice law and share my political opinions with anyone who will listen.
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