…but it’s not the only story you need to know about. Nor is the bailout/rescue plan/Capitol Hill debacle. Keep reading for a few tidbits that may have gotten lost in the shuffle.
Anthrax antibiotics brought to your door by the US Postal Service. Woah.
When I read the headline, I immediately flashed back to the two postal workers who were killed in 2001 after inhaling the spores on anthrax-laced letters. Forget snow, rain, and gloom of night, how about terror attacks not keeping letter carriers from their jobs. When you think about it – putting aside the uncomfortable irony for a moment – it makes great sense. These folks visit every home in this country every day. As a senior counselor to health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt points out, they can provide “a front-end quick strike”.
But do America’s letter carriers really want this gig?
Over the past two years, tests in Seattle, Philadelphia and Boston paired postal workers with police officers on their routes. In eight hours, 50 letter carriers got their test packets to some 53,000 homes. Next stop: Minneapolis.
To make the double duty more attractive for postal employees, the government would supply each volunteer’s family with enough doxycycline for themselves and their families in advance, so they can be ready the moment an outbreak happens.
Let’s just hope that no matter how successful these tests are, and no matter how brave the USPS may be, we never need to use this system.
Don’t like your dirty barracks? Had enough of the lousy pay you get as a soldier? Your lament could make a great – and likely comical – rap, but it’s probably best to keep it to yourself, rather than sharing with the millions of YouTube viewers. That is, unless you don’t mind being reassigned to Siberia. Don’t forget the long johns! (Government-issued, of course)
…And proof that neighbors go a long, long way.
A Colorado farmer has been donating his crops – all of them – to local food banks and food pantries for more than a decade. That’s a fantastic tale in itself, but it’s only the beginning. Early this year, he was diagnosed with cancer. The timing of his treatments meant he couldn’t plant this year’s crop of vegetable, let alone harvest them. Of course, that was before 250 neighbors showed up. The crops they planted will supply more than 35 food banks, but the vegetables may be beside the point this year.
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