COVID Card #58

July 2, 2020 | 0 comments

On October 21, 2001, Thomas L. Morris, Jr. died from inhalation anthrax. On October 22, 2001, Joseph P. Curseen, Jr. died from inhalation anthrax. Both men were employed at Brentwood Post Office in Washington, DC and both men were exposed to anthrax that had been sent in the mail. Over the next few weeks, there would be more anthrax discoveries in mail and more deaths. The tragedy led to many new security measures through the postal system and the adoption of the Biohazard Detection System.

A flag at the Brentwood facility was discolored when the building was decontaminated. The building was renamed Curseen-Morris Mail-Processing and Distribution Center.

Though it should not be of importance, I will mention here that both men were Black. While the USPS isn’t exactly a “they died in the line of duty” type of employer, the two men died as a result of terrorism (and they were sons, brothers, probably husbands and fathers, humans, and Americans). They should not be forgotten.

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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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