Yes oramar, I agree that I would not want to receive contaminated mail. But, for the sake of debate and discussion, if we were to shut down the USPS system, what do you think would happen to the economy not that that's more important than the people?
I agree that the areas of the USPS in question warranted closer and speedier examination then they got. But, as you pointed out, anthrax spores may not travel just locally. So, what do we do if this anthrax ordeal gets out of hand and there's no mail delivery for most of the country? On one of the media I heard that the USPS will receive new equipment that have the capability of killing anthrax spores. What about protection from other forms of bioterroism that may come through the mail? Are we, John and Jane Q Public, going to have to devise our own mailrooms in or about our homes where we have masks, gloves, soap, water hoses, microwaves and so on? I heard one suggestion in the media that we deliver our bills directly to the source so that way we won't receive mail in that area. I admit I don't know the answer.
I do strongly agree with you that we in the health and medical professions need information and we need it now. But, from now on, we do need to be more attentive when we are providing health and medical care. We shouldn't need for the CDC to tell us to be on the alert. As a group, we should have the knowledge and training to work alot of these situations out ourselves.
Finally, as I pointed out toward the end of my post, and as you've implied in your post, we can justify the need for increased staffing levels and more resources to protect the public. In the area of health, medical care, and safety, the question is whether our leaders have the understanding and guts to put priority in perspective and divert funding and resources where they are most needed in this country.