Don’t be afraid to take a stand

Dear Editor,
Patty Sears of Bloomington, IL writes,

…Dennis Chatham (who’s probably a very nice man) is a classic
example of what’s wrong with our society. Dennis doesn’t want to
follow the rules, so he’ll expend time and energy, organize a
meeting and contact his congressman, and oh yes ‘go over their
heads’ to get things his way. Good for you, De
nnis.

Dear Editor,

Patty Sears of Bloomington, IL writes, “…Dennis Chatham (who’s probably a very nice man) is a classic example of what’s wrong with our society. Dennis doesn’t want to follow the rules, so he’ll expend time and energy, organize a meeting and contact his congressman, and oh yes ‘go over their heads’ to get things his way. Good for you, Dennis.”

I agree with Mrs. Sears. Good for Dennis Chatham. Someone has finally stood up to call a governmental agency on their failure to follow their own rules and laws. The fact that more of us do not do the same is what saddens me. Mrs. Sears is actually a better example of what is wrong with our society. Mrs. Sears sees the fault as one of the individual. She gives the government a pass, ignoring the fact that Postmaster Penny Yates has directed her staff to ignore USPS regulation.

We allow our governments far too long a leash. We as a society allow our governments to lie, cheat, steal, rationalize, justify, occupy, and mislead the very citizenry they represent with no consequence because we, as a society, are afraid to take a stand. We blame the people who blow in a whistle, at often time great peril to themselves, to expose a problem with government. Rules and procedures are just that. Rules are written to direct conduct and actions. They should be taken in their literal sense. If a rule needs flexibility, it should have that written into it.

Governments and governmental agents are merely a collection of individuals, each with an agenda directed by mandate and regulation to perform a specific duty. These duties have always been the service and protection of the citizenry. It is the agendas of the individuals of government that cloud the service and protection purpose of government.

Mrs. Sears, I do not look forward to paying a dollar to post a single letter. Mr. Chatham’s convenience is not and should not be a concern of yours or mine. What should be of grave concern to you, me, and every other citizen is holding our government completely accountable to their own laws, rules, and procedures that we, as citizens, are held in great measure.

David slew Goliath. All of Gilroy’s people combined make less than a grain of sand on one of David’s five smooth brookstones compared to the United States Post Office as Goliath. If we all rise and speak against a postmaster’s policies, I am confident the situation would change nearly overnight. It is the lack of public outcry that enables public servants, elected and non-elected, to place their own agenda over that of public’s best interest.

Mrs. Sears, I am speaking up and out as many more of us need to do. I have an extended hand, won’t you take it?

Ben Anderson, Gilroy

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