Letters to the Editor

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MAIL: Don’t give discounts for ‘junk’ mail

The U.S. Postal Service has faced multiple deficits for years, accelerating more so after the electronic revolution. Rates have consistently gone up and usage down.

However, a large segment of the users doesn’t pay its fair share. It costs just as much to deliver “junk” mail as it does first-class mail. However, “junk” mail senders pay a markedly discounted rate. These companies/people/etc. who send “second-class mail” should pay the same rate as the private citizen – the first-class mail rate.

The cost to the USPS to deliver 50,000 “junk” mail postings is the same as the cost for 50,000 regular

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USPS: Postal Service is vital

It is surprising to me that The News Tribune would write an editorial on a subject that it obviously has not researched very well.

The editorial plays the old familiar blame game of the postal unions and their “uncommonly generous employee benefits.”

Never a mention of the Congress mandated requirement to pre-fund retiree health care for the next 75 years, and do it in 10 years, at a cost to the Postal Service of $5 billion a year. No other federal agency is required to do this. The inspector general’s office has stated that the overpayment into this fund

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USPS: Eliminate job-killing legislation

Re: “Postal workers rally” (TNT, 4-18).

The cutline refers to health care costs that “workers allegedly overpaid.” That just fried my sense of justice.

There is no “alleged”; the true facts are not reported by any mainstream press. In 2006, Congress passed the Postal Accountability Enhancement Act mandating the U.S. Postal Service to pre-fund its retirement/health benefits for 75 years into the future. And this must be accomplished in 10 years!

This costs the USPS $5.5 billion annually, and it already has $326 billion deposited into the U.S. Treasury.

This is a manufactured problem created by the Bush Congress to

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USPS: Onerous requirement must be lifted

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

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USPS: Is the next step privatizing the postal service?

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

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USPS: Only one realistic answer to Postal Service dilemma

As a former U.S. Postal Service manager with 40 years of experience, I think I have a good idea about how the Postal Office works. After watching several hours of congressional oversight committee questioning of the Postal Board of Governors and various other meetings, it is very clear what needs to be done to solve the dilemma.

• Keep the Postal Service a semi-quasi government agency, but give it an opportunity to compete in a free market without restrictions. Privatizing the Postal Service will only result in higher prices and less coverage. A private business would not send shipments from

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PRIVATIZATION: Government for the people

The Constitution’s preamble clearly states that one of the nation’s goals is to “promote the general welfare.”

The U.S. Postal Service, for example, pays for itself. What more could you ask? It even delivers to rural areas for the other companies because it’s cost-effective. Prices would go up with privatization because private owners would require profits.

Members of Congress have wonderful single-payer health care. As patients, I wonder if they think it is dangerously socialist. I doubt it. Medicare is less generous but is also run by the government, and should not be privatized.

There must be good people in

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MILITARY: Where’s the compassion?

My boyfriend is deployed to Afghanistan, and I finally got some extra cash scraped together to send him a care package. Traffic was exceptionally bad on every road in Pierce County trying to get to the post office in Parkland, but I did manage to make it there with more than five minutes to spare.

Unfortunately, the post office had decided to close early. The outside doors were not yet locked so I wandered in but was turned away by a woman saying that they were closing for the day. I explained that the package was going to Afghanistan and

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