CORAL SPRINGS, FL - Paul Revere and his midnight ride. Alan Arkin shouting, “The Russians are coming! The Russians are coming!” Or the rooster. Take your pick.

Something or someone has to wake up America.

There are three post offices in the Coral Springs area. Has your neighborhood mailbox disappeared or was the thief in the night Postmaster General caught and stopped playing David Copperfield and making them disappear before he got to yours?

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Legendary Speaker of the House “Tip” O’Neil said, “All politics is local.” It is amazing how many exploding national issues are critically local. The assault on the Postal Service is surely one.

While Elvis Presley immortalized the postal command, “Return to Sender” the issue here is “Send to Sender.” My mail is arriving several days later than usual and several hours later in the day than usual. We haven’t even hit the busy season. The season of the cards: Thanksgiving, Chanukah, Kwanza, and Christmas.

Oh yes, and the election. The mail-in ballot, which the President and his wife have requested, will not be the usual tidal wave. This year it will be a pandemic-driven tsunami. “What to do?” “What to do” as my favorite bear, Winnie the Pooh, would wonder. Well, Coral Springs, keep reading.

Here my fellow Americans are a “tick” list of how to preserve your most fundamental right as a citizen or legal resident of this barely still great nation.

*Check where your polling place is right this minute, so you know what to go.

*Go early, bring food and water, wear light, comfortable shoes and clothing, wear a hat, bring a small folding chair, and an bring an umbrella.

*Be prepared to wait until hell freezes over until you’ve cast your ballot.

*If you have requested a mail-in ballot then:

    - The very day you get it fill it out, check it two or three times, sign it.

    - Mail it that very day if possible. DO NOT WAIT FOR THE MAILING DEADLINE. Do not use the government’s stamp. If you do, it goes third-class mail.

    - Give value to this sacred piece of democracy and put a first-class stamp on it. Right now, make sure you have a few first-class stamps and save them for the ballot. I’ll put more than one on mine “just in case.”

    - Better yet, if you can drive, take it either to the post office or even better to the election’s office.

    - If you can’t do that, maybe a friend or family member can do it for you.

    - And VOTE!

I was privileged to watch an election in Guatemala during the years when people were snatched off the streets and never seen again. I saw indigenous people who had walked five, 10, 15 miles sometimes a day or two, out of the mountains, facing the government snipers, to vote.

If they can do that in Guatemala, you certainly can manage to vote in a correct and timely manner in Coral Springs.

After all, only your way of life as an American depends on it.

 

Read William A. Gralnick’s previous column for TAPinto Coral Springs:

Coral Springs: He’s Your Sheriff, Too.

Who Will Make Best Decisions About Your Kids In Coral Springs Schools This Year? You.

The Future For John Lewis’ Past As It Impacts Coral Springs

 

A resident of South Florida for more than 30 years, Bill Gralnick has written more than 900 op-eds and columns for newspapers around the country, including columns for the Brooklyn Eagle.

His latest book, found on Amazon.com, Kindle or paperback, is the coming-of-age memoir, “The War of the Itchy Balls and Other Tales from Brooklyn.”

His writings can be found on his website: williamgralnickauthor.com

 

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