COVID Card #130

September 12, 2020 | 0 comments

Today’s card is about post office muralist, Ethel Magafan. Yes, that’s right, MAGA FAN. I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that she would not have been a MAGA fan. The post office mural project — heck, the entire New Deal — would have been very unpopular with MAGA fans — which is damned hilarious when you consider how many are likely to have relatives who benefited from the New Deal.

Anyway… I chose Ms. Magafan because she painted a mural called Prairie Fire (Madill, Oklahoma). Considering that, as I write this, the sky here in Portland, Oregon is yellow from wildfire smoke, and hundreds of people along the west coast have lost their homes to wildfires, it seemed appropriate. I’m struggling to find an inoffensive adjective for people who are encouraging and spreading rumors that left-wing activists have started the fires and will loot homes once their residents evacuate. People will lose their homes and lives over these lies. The president does nothing to quell the rumors. Democracy is burning. Americans are suffering.

I digress.

Ethel painted three other post office murals: The Cotton Pickers (Wynne, Arkansas), The Horse Corral (Denver, Colorado), and Threshing (Auburn, Nebraska).

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The United States Postal Service has been hit hard by the pandemic. Controlling elements of the Federal Government (the president and Republican Senate) do not want to provide aid to the service. So, it’s up to us. It may seem insignificant, but if we all sent just a few letters a week, we could help ensure that our daily, free mail delivery service continues. For the past (see the card number above) days, I have drawn a card each day and mailed it to someone the next day (none are sent on Sundays; two are sent on Mondays). Please consider mailing cards and letters while we still can for 55 cents (first class letter postage). If the USPS fails, you could find it costs $8 or more to send a letter. And that’s just one of the ways we will all lose if the USPS shuts down.

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