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Letter: What can one buy for 45 cents?




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March 21, 2012 | 1,270 views | 4 comments

Editor:

Certainly not a candy bar, an ice cream cone, or a burger. The correct answer is a U.S. postal service (USPS) stamp that permits one to mail a letter anywhere in the United States and have it hand-delivered in three days or less. USPS will even do something free -- if one puts the wrong address, it comes back at no charge.

Currently, congressional hearings have suggested that the postal service is not making a profit, costing taxpayers billions, and will go bankrupt. First of all, USPS is a service organization and not a corporation for profit. Secondly, since 1972 the postal service has been on its own selling stamps, etc., without using taxpayers’ money.

In watching the hearings, the loss is not from operations, but from a 2006 law requiring USPS to prepay health-care benefits for current and future employees who will retire during the next 75 years by the year 2016. Neither of the two large companies for which I worked in accounting, Shell Oil and Northrup Grumman, had to carry such a large burden.

During the hearings, Sen. Bernie Sanders suggested that instead of closing post offices, cutting jobs, and reducing mail delivery, USPS should expand by selling products/services now banned, such as cell phones, hunting/fishing licenses, notarizing documents, and returning to the Postal Banking System (1910-66), which offered simple, low-cost, federally insured savings accounts to millions who could not meet minimum standards of regular banks.

Since the post office was created by Congress by the Constitution in Article 1, Section 8, “The congress shall have the power to establish post offices ...,” I believe that the system should be improved, since I consider 45 cents as a real bargain. Actually, I have about $100 of Christmas “Forever” stamps at 44 cents each. So if I choose in the year 2050, I can write my congressman for 44 cents and tell him, “Don’t mess with USPS.”

JUSTIN SZALWINSKI SR.

Falls City
 

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The Marcelina Muse  
Dry Tank, TX  
March 22, 2012 11:00am
 
How about this. Mail addressed to PO boxes has one rate and mail addressed to other than PO boxes carries a higher rate to cover delivery cost. Rates to apply to all mail, including junk mail.

 
4 th Generation Texan  
Sutherland Springs  
March 21, 2012 7:48pm
 
Well, for almost nothing, I can send the same letter via email and it will arrive instantly.

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
March 21, 2012 6:52pm
 
I think that the main trouble is the business model. No private firm would try to maintain the practice of visiting every customer regardless if they needed service. To maintain the current service that the USPS delivers ... More ›

 
The Marcelina Muse  
Dry Tank, TX  
March 21, 2012 5:48pm
 
Hmmmmm. Not using taxpayer money? What kind of accountant are you? Billions of dollars in losses every year since 2007. Where does that money come from, Santa? Seems like the revenues from stamp sales don't quite keep up with ... More ›

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