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,


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