It seems like plenty of people are lining up on both sides of the Postal Service these days. Some love us. Some don't.
Those that don't often have some bad information, believing in myths that are just plain wrong. So this week, echoing PMG Jack Potter who dispelled these misconceptions in a Washington Post editorial earlier this month, we'll bust postal myths.
Myth 1: The Postal Service wastes taxpayer dollars.
The Postal Service, reorganized in 1971 as an independent agency of the executive branch, operates as a commercial entity. We rely on the sale of postage, mail products and services for revenue.
A small annual appropriation from Congress reimburses the USPS for free mail for the blind and absentee-ballot mailing for overseas military personnel. Otherwise, we have not received taxpayer funds to support postal operations since 1982. In fact, though we're often described as "quasi-governmental," we're required by law to cover our costs.
What do you think? Do your friends, family and customers still think we are taxpayer supported. Click here to comment.
Tomorrow's myth: "The Postal Service is inefficient"