Li: ritual, propriety, etiquette. Hsiao: love within the family (parents for children and children for parents. Yi: righteousness--the noblest way to act in a situation. Xin: honesty and trustworthiness. Jen: benevolence, humaneness towards others. Chung: loyalty to the state and authority. --Confucius (Kong Fuzi)

All articles appear in reverse chronological order [newest first].

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I believe the past is relevant, sometimes more than others of course. In most cases we are seeing history being repeated, so it is most relevant.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

The Postal Creed…

reposted from August 2002
The Postal Creed… panel_3 is just as relevant today as ever. Additions to the Creed could include:
“nor Uni-Bomber,
nor Anthrax,
nor Terrorism,”
From the last Stagecoach robbery in 1916 to today, Postal Workers continue to find themselves in perilous situations, from hostile environments to armed robberies, from letter bombs to Anthrax. Yet Postal Workers continue to perform their duties diligently, with a reliability that is rivaled only by this country’s armed services. 
The Postal Service is one of this country’s oldest and most successful Government Institutions.
When the Continental Congress named Benjamin Franklin the first Postmaster General in 1775, the United States was a weak confederation of colonies scattered along the eastern seaboard. The Postal system that the Congress created helped bind the new nation together, support the growth of commerce, and ensure a free flow of ideas and information.
As mail delivery evolved from foot to horseback, stagecoach, steamboat, railroad, automobile, and airplane, with intermediate and overlapping use of balloons, helicopters, and pneumatic tubes, mail contracts ensured the income necessary to build the great highways, rail lines, and airways that eventually spanned the continent. The Postal Service has helped develop and subsidize every new mode of transportation in the United States. Today, the Postal Service fuels the nation's economy and delivers hundreds of millions of messages and billions of dollars in financial transactions each day to eight million businesses and 250 million Americans.
For the last 33 years of its 230-year existence of the Postal Service has operated without receiving one dollar from the taxpayer. All operations and services have been paid from revenues generated by the operation of the Postal Service itself.
The United States Postal Service is an invaluable thread in the fabric of this country’s heritage.
Every day Jewelry, Bonds, family pictures, birthday cards, court papers, legal notices, as well as checks and new Credit Cards, and little Sallie’s first letter to grandma pass through the hands of Postal Workers. A dedicated and committed workforce, made up of Career Employees who understand the importance of their day-to-day duties and the historical significance of the Postal Service, safeguards these items.
The Postal Service employs the second largest workforce in the country and maintains an infrastructure that reaches into every community in the country, with the least expensive postage and the largest service commitment in the world. For the same price, six days a week, you can mail a one-ounce letter across the street or anywhere in the country. 
Copyright © 2002 Glenn D. Littrell

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