Our Broken US Postal Service

Did you get my letter? No? I mailed your invoice with a check for $194 weeks ago but you contacted me to say it was never delivered. I had to pay my bank a $35 service fee to stop payment on my check. Where did my mailed check end up?

Today, I learned that postage rates are going up again for the second time this year; another two cents. Thank goodness for online auto pay of my bills and email for much of my correspondence.

The Postal Service loses billions of dollars every year with no end to those losses ahead. There are two basic reasons for the loses.

The postal service continues to assure us that to deliver our (mostly bulk junk mail) six days a week. Imagine the colossal savings (vehicles, fuel, employee numbers) that would result from 3 day a week deliver: some M,W,F and others T, Th, S. Nothing we receive in the mail really suffers if a one-day delivery lag were to result. Might the powerful postal union prefer the six-day schedule?

A couple of years ago, the postal service conducted a nationwide study that might have resulted in the closing some of the small branch locations. However, at the conclusion of the study the decision was to make no changes. Our county of 125,000 people would retain all fourteen of its branch locations; many less than two miles of each other. Several other package shipment services offer stamps and package shipment (like UPS stores various independents) add to the proliferation of available locations.

If the government had any serious intent to reduce spending it could start with the obvious changes needed with our postal service. I would certainly put my stamp of approval on that.

https://www.breitbart.com/economy/2022/04/07/u-s-postal-service-increase-postage-prices-bidenflation/    I don’t blame the Biden administration for this one as no previous administration has taken up this challenge either.

About authorbillramsey

During his forty-year professional career, Bill Ramsey wrote magazine articles and business newsletters. Now retired in the mountains of western North Carolina, he writes a blog and has published four books. Bill's 2015 collection of concise, real-life essays is titled "What Do YOU Think?" He has also written "Me Now - Who Next? (The Inspiring Story of a Traumatic Brain Injury Recovery)" and "Now That I Think About It. Bill's books and are available from Amazon.com and on all e-readers. See www.authorbillramsey.com. Follow Bill on Facebook at www.facebook.com/billramseyauthor/
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