Working Together, for Good

I was standing in a line behind five people at the post office at 4:55 pm. A man came up behind me, muttering, “Only one clerk–think they’d plan ahead and have more just before closing.”

I bit my tongue. There were two other clerks, who had momentarily gone to the back for their customers.

USPS,Then he said, “Wouldn’t be like this if it were privatized.”

I loosened my tongue. “Only time I ever lost a package, with no explanation or apology was with FedEx,” I said.

“Hmmmph.  All I know is that when health care is taken over by the government, it will be like the post office–inefficient, uncaring . . . .”

Just then the two clerks reappeared, finished up with the two customers, called the next two forward; then the third clerk called me.

“Hey,” I said, “not bad–joined a line less than five minutes ago and already at the window.”

The man looked away. 

I sympathize with his frustration: government is often inefficient. But frankly, business is often about the same. Government is not evil, any more than business.  Senator Ted Kennedy

One of the great things about Ted Kennedy was that he believed that together we can work together, through our shared institutions, to create a better life for everyone. And he practiced that every day.

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Robin Hawley Gorsline

Robin is a poet (claiming this later in life) and Queer Theologian--reflecting a soul of hope and faith and joy and justice/shalom. He is happily married to Dr. Jonathan Lebolt (20 years and counting), the proud parent of three glorious daughters (and grateful to two wonderful sons-in- law and a new one soon!), and the very proud "Papa" to Juna (6) and Annie (3).

One thought on “Working Together, for Good”

  1. I so agree with you. But it’s even more than efficient or not efficient. There are some people in the world who never even get mail because there is no postal service in their area of the world. Or, like Jo’s nephew on a mission in South Africa, it takes weeks and weeks for him to get something. No … when it comes to healthcare everyone needs to have it. I was talking with a woman who said when her husband was in the hospital they put a homeless man in the room with him and she asked them to move her husband because the man smelled bad and talked to himself. She said people do have healthcare … free healthcare. I said, yes, some people do qualify on Medicaid, but it’s not people like the man in the room with her husband that we most need to worry about. It’s actually those who are working and make too much to be on Medicaid but not enough to afford health insurance.

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