Letter: Postal Service

February 4, 2014 

The people of America deserve the best possible service from the U.S. Postal Service at the lowest possible rate. I believe that we should deliver the mail to you in the safest, most efficient way possible six days a week. We realize our customers like the convenience of having the mail delivered and picked up at their respective homes and businesses. The rate payers pay for this service, not the taxpayers.

Privatizing the USPS would take away the service that all Americans, city and rural, now enjoy.

Many veterans are employed by the USPS.

The mandated $5.5 billion pre-funding of future retiree health benefits continues by Congress, which the USPS simply cannot make. This fund is already overfunded by $50 billion. Using overfunded retirement systems in the USPS can temporarily solve the financial challenges it has without having to reduce delivery days, closing processing plants and inconvenience to the customers. No tax bailout is necessary.

Congress has to act in positive way to lift the financial burdens of the USPS so it can continue quality service. No tax bailout is needed.

The USPS can help itself, if Congress would just let it.

JOHN PAIGE, Idaho State Association of Letter Carriers, Pocatello

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