Letters to the Editor

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Tag: USPS

Sep.
26th

USPS: Relief needed from Congress’ mandate

Re: “Postal Service wants to increase price of stamps to 49 cent” (TNT, 9-26).

No one seems to want to explain why the U.S. Postal Service is described as having financial difficulties which can only be “somewhat cured” by a postal rate increase.

The Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006 mandated that the USPS pre-fund the health-care benefits of future retirees, a 75-year liability, over just a 10-year period. No other government agency or corporation has ever been required to do anything like this.

The government bean counters determined that the USPS was required to pay $5.5 billion

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Sep.
26th

USPS: Do we really need to change stamp design?

Re: “Postal Service wants to increase price of stamps to 49 cent” (TNT, 9-26).

Each increase in postal rates has had me wondering how much it costs to change the design on stamps. Not that I don’t appreciate the pretty pictures of bonsai trees, etc., but we used to make do with an unchanging picture of one of the early presidents. The mail went through just fine, and rates stayed the same for years.

Here is another cost-saving idea: Rather than close tiny post offices in small towns, why not have postal counters in stores (one per town)? It

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April
15th

USPS: Republicans forced department into ‘debt’

Re: “Saturday mail stays – and so do the money problems” (Off the wire, 4-15).

The Los Angeles Times editorial was just an out-and-out lie regarding the financial situation of the U.S. Postal Service.

The fact is the post office department makes money every year just doing what it does: selling stamps and delivering the mail.

It is in “debt” because Republicans in 2006 in a lame-duck session of Congress required the USPS to pay for the next 75 years of retirement costs for postal employees who have not even been born yet!

The First Amendment was written to

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March
29th

USPS: Bulk postage rates are unacceptably low

I asked the Tacoma School District how much it the cost to mail its oversized Winter 2013 Spotlight brochure. The answer: It mailed 96,241 brochures for a cost 7 cents per piece.

I took this same brochure to the Pine Street Post Office and found it would cost me $1.12 to mail one brochure.

I understand bulk mail is handled in a more efficient method than my mail, but the difference in cost per item is unacceptable. At a rate of only 7 cents for bulk mail it appears there haven’t been many increases over the years.

The U.S. Postal

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Feb.
22nd

USPS: Bulk mail cost is too low

I have received a reply for my records request from the Tacoma School District regarding the cost of the 2013 Spotlight newsletter. I was shocked to find out the bulk rate for mailing 96,241 oversized, eight-page brochures was only 7 cents each.

If a private citizen were to mail something of that size and weight, the cost would be substantially more. It’s time for the U.S. Postal Service to re-evaluate bulk mailing fees to help balance its budget

Feb.
11th

USPS: Mail discounts provide vital service

Re: “Don’t give discounts for ‘junk’ mail” (letter, 2-10).

I am not nor never have been employed by the U.S. Postal Service, nor am able to utilize the “second-class mailing.” The letter writer’s perspective on the USPS allowing discounts for mass mailings (second class) caused me to ponder his concerns.

First of all, “second-class mailings” (or what the writer terms “second-class mailings”) are actually not second-class but are “advertising mail” and are often “round filed.” If the postal service chose to discontinue this class of mail, revenue would be severely reduced as businesses and nonprofits would not be able

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Feb.
11th

USPS: Postal workers aren’t to blame

Re: “Unions’ demands unrealistic” (letter, 2-8).

Richard Berman’s letter is another attempt to set the blame for the financial problems of the U.S. Postal Service on postal workers and their union. The statement that “unions are not interested in ensuring that their own members actually receive their retirement and health benefits” is absurd. The Center for Union Facts, which Berman represents, is an anti-union organization that will not disclose the persons or companies that donate the funds for its operation.

In 2006, Congress passed the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act, which forced the USPS to prepay health care and

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Feb.
7th

USPS: Unions’ demands unrealistic

Re: “Postal Service wants to cut Saturday mail delivery” (TNT, 2-7).

Eliminating Saturday mail delivery is a smart and necessary decision by the Postal Service — yet labor unions still oppose it. The postal unions’ officials say that this move will ruin USPS, and blame Congress for insisting that the Postal Service prioritize payments into the general employee pension fund.

This is a perverse argument. These unions — which are supposed to support employees — are not interested in ensuring that their own members actually receive their retirement benefits. Instead, the union officials behind this ploy want to

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