Postal profits


A committee led by Rep. Darrell Issa proposed that the U.S. Postal Service discontinue door-to-door delivery in cities and instead use communal mailboxes such as those used in rural areas. The alleged goal is to make the USPS profitable.

The problem is that not all government-run services should be viewed as having to be for-profit. They should be viewed as a service to taxpayers. If they are losing money, it’s because they are providing a service by offering the service below cost. If the USPS were profitable, it would be at an additional expense to the taxes we pay.

While I agree that waste and inefficiency should be curbed, it is also wrong to consider government services as being for-profit organizations, rather than services to the public. People complain about the USPS losing money, and then they complain about a 2-cent rate increase. The USPS is defined by its name — service — and is by definition not a for-profit organization. FedEx, UPS and others do that and charge higher rates. Isn’t it nice to have someone providing the same services for less?

Joseph Bilstein,


Read more Letters to the Editor stories from the Miami Herald

  • The readers’ forum

    We knew PAMM would need help

    Re Dusty Melton’s Sept. 12 Other Views column, PAMM shouldn’t get public funding: Consistently, both the public and private supporters of the Pérez Art Museum Miami have made explicit disclosure that additional operating support would be necessary to support a brilliant, larger museum.

  • Save on energy costs

    Florida’s unrelenting heat is often felt in our utility bills. In addition to finding ways to decrease your energy use, you may want to consider products and appliances that use less energy and water. An upcoming tax-free holiday on many energy-efficient appliances and water-saving products will help you do just that. This tax-free holiday runs from Sept. 19-21.

  • Passport to ride

    On Sept. 12, letter writer, Golden Passport misuse, Floreal de la Garza wrote regarding the fare-free Golden Passport program. I would like to clarify some of the claims made about this program, which benefits so many in our community. The Golden Passport program that existed prior to the approval of the People’s Transportation Plan in 2002 had an income requirement. Under the current Golden Passport program, a permanent Miami-Dade resident who is 65 years of age or older is eligible to receive a Golden Passport, regardless of income. Permanent Miami-Dade residents who are Social Security beneficiaries, regardless of age, also qualify.

Miami Herald

Join the

The Miami Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

The Miami Herald uses Facebook's commenting system. You need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment. If you have questions about commenting with your Facebook account, click here.

Have a news tip? You can send it anonymously. Click here to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald.

Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

  • Marketplace

Today's Circulars

  • Quick Job Search

Enter Keyword(s) Enter City Select a State Select a Category