Letters to the Editor

Paige letter: U.S. Post Office

The U.S. Post Office should be considered “the Center of Operations” in every community it serves in America. The Constitution provides that the United States have a Postal Service for all Americans.

The U.S Postal Service delivers to 155 million addresses six, and increasingly seven, times a week.

It relies on the sale of stamps and other related products instead of taxpayer money for revenue.

Being the centerpiece of a $13 trillion national mailing industry, it employs seven million Americans in the private sector. In fact, it currently employs over 113,000 military members and veterans.

It has had a $1 billion annual operational profit for years. The red ink you hear about comes from congressional politics mandating the USPS pre-fund future retiree health benefits fund at $5.8 billion every year.

The USPS, postal unions, and lawmakers are working to solve the pre-funding challenge while working on strengthening the invaluable postal networks to continue to provide all Americans with the most affordable delivery services.

Thank you for your continued trust to serve the people of America. Letter carriers want to deliver the mail the safest and most efficient way possible.

John Paige, president, Idaho State Association of Letter Carriers