Several months ago, I read and disagreed adamantly with Robert J. Samuelson’s column on the U.S. Postal Service. I interpreted Samuelson’s views to be calling for the privatization of our mail system.
Our postal system is probably the best in the world, and compared to almost every other nation I know of, the least costly. I remember sending a package to Italy and then reading someplace where its delivery was not guaranteed; if the postal sacks are too heavy, mail is thrown away! I once sent a book to someone in Spain, and it took more than two months to be delivered.
I have nothing but praise for our mail service, but cannot help but wonder if closing the Tacoma mail processing center (TNT, 2-24), as well as many others nationwide, will not ultimately lead to less timely mail delivery.
I have heard it stated that the main reason the USPS is in the red is because Congress is making it fund the retirees’ medical plans for 75 years into the future. No other government agency nor any private business would require this. Could it just be that it is on someone’s agenda to wreck postal service so that justifying its privatization will be accepted by the public?