A letter writer to a Florida newspaper suggest that instead of the Postal Service jostling and scrapping to keep service up in the midst of declining revenues, that we should simply be government funded.
"The Postal Service is the only agency required by the feds to be self-sustaining. Sounds great, but it is also bound by a board of governors through which all rate hikes and restructuring have to go before any action can be taken.
At one time, the Postal Service asked to set up postal stores not unlike the UPS stores. But they were voted down because there were complaints of unfair advantages.
Given the fact that no tax dollars are being used and that it is regulated to death, it seems the only business at a disadvantage is the Postal Service....Thinking in terms of making a profit when all you have to sell is service, why would you continue to make cuts in service?
"The Postal Service has its hands tied behind its back when it comes to being able to compete on a level playing field with other companies. If we want a great service at a bargain price, then we as taxpayers should start paying for it with our taxes and not tie its hands any longer.
"What type of service do you think we would get if the police and fire departments only handled calls that were profitable? Or how about all roads having toll booths in order to make the Department of Transportation profitable. The list is endless when you start looking at services that we enjoy and expect every day, which are paid by taxes, so why not the Postal Service again?"
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