Re: “Is the next step privatizing the postal service?” (blog.thenewstribune.com/letters).
While reading the comments on the letter, it became obvious to me that some people think the U.S. Postal Service is funded by taxes. The USPS is funded solely by the sale of postage and other postal products.
The demise of the USPS would have no impact on the federal budget but would have a very unpleasant impact on those wishing to send a communication. It would be particularly unpleasant if the sender or recipient lived in a rural area.
The founders of our nation realized that communication is the glue that binds a society and had the foresight to provide for the establishment of a post office. The post office they established set rates that leveled the playing field for everyone, regardless of where they live. The postage for a letter from Key West, Fla., to Nome, Alaska, is the same as from Staten Island to Brooklyn, N.Y.
The USPS was forced by the George W. Bush administration to prepay 75 years of retiree health benefits by 2016. Money that would cover operating expenses is being diverted, needlessly, to this end. If United Parcel Service or FedEx had this same onerous requirement, they would likely be filing for bankruptcy.
If S. 1853 and H.R. 3591, currently languishing in Congress, were to be passed, this requirement would be lifted, and the USPS could continue to deliver to every address in the country and to all military personnel around the world at a reasonable price and with a level of security unmatched by UPS and FedEx.