Postal Service held to unreasonable standards

Over the past 246 years, there has been no greater bargain than the U.S. Postal Service, which for a few coins, could guarantee delivery of a letter to any address in the continental United States within a few days.

It was something that most of us took for granted — and something many find antiquated in these days of e-mail, online bill-paying and overnight delivery services.

And yet, there are still so many — particularly those living in rural America who don’t have the broadband or the means — dependent on the U.S. Postal Service to stay alive.

Their bills that ensure shelter, heat and safety arrive and are paid through the mail. Their medical prescriptions are delivered with the daily mail. And so are their government checks.

The Postal Service is absolutely essential. It’s as necessary today as it was when it was founded by Benjamin Franklin in 1775.
And still, there are attempts to quash it, to do away with it by saying it no longer runs efficiently enough to be relevant in modern-day America.
Sadly, it is held to an unreasonable standard. It is expected to operate with clockwork efficiency while not losing money and be financially self-sufficient. But Congress sets rules that it must operate under, and some of those increase expenses. One of those rules schedules prepayment of retiree health benefits on a 50-year schedule.

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I worked for 25 years for the United States Postal Service! It is in the name, it is a Service. If need be subsidize it! Too many people rely on the United States Postal Service. We need a new Postmaster General!

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