Letter: Postal service

June 25, 2014 

The plan to help fund highway construction by degrading postal services would not achieve the desired transportation goals and would damage the economy.

Our highways and bridges need to be kept in good working order, but shutting down a day of delivery of mail is not the answer to this problem. Many consumers and small businesses rely on the six-day delivery of mail.

Ending Saturday delivery would eliminate 80,000 postal jobs that include many veterans, which would affect local, state and national tax bases in a negative way. This would also reduce consumer spending in our communities.

The Postal Service is an agency based in the Constitution and does not receive a dime of taxpayer money. Privatizing it would not provide service to all Americans, especially rural Idaho.

Instead of degrading USPS services, Congress should be strengthening it by eliminating the mandated pre-funding of future retirees' health benefits. Congress should also release the overpayments in the retirement systems back to the Postal Service.

As long as the Postal Service can provide convenient service and value to the American people, it will continue to thrive into the future.

JOHN PAIGE, president, Idaho States Association of Letter Carriers, Pocatello

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