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Letter: Stand up for Postal Service

A U.S. Postal Service letter carrier picks up

A U.S. Postal Service letter carrier picks up and delivers mail. (Dec. 6, 2011) Credit: AP

I'm glad the citizens of Northport stood by their post office ["Post office plan sent packing," News, Oct. 16]. There was no financial need to shut it down. While it may be fun to take potshots at the post office, and talk about the letter that was delivered next door two years after it was mailed, the truth is that our Postal Service is well run.

The U.S. Postal Service gets along very well with the postal union, without the threat of strikes. Its operation is completely funded by the sale of postage stamps and other materials and services. Not one penny comes from taxes. The Postal Service delivers 212 billion pieces of mail and takes in more than $62 billion annually. So why does it seem that the system is financially unstable and mismanaged?

Back in 2006, during the George W. Bush administration, the Postal Service was making a huge profit -- so huge that it attracted big business that wanted to privatize it and cash in on the profits. Congress was encouraged to pass an absurd law requiring the Postal Service to fund health benefits of future employees, costing more than $5.5 billion a year. No wonder the U.S. Postal Service seems so unstable.

Was that pre-funding retirement law passed to drive the Post Office out of business and justify its being privatized? I don't know; but if that absurd law were rescinded, the Postal Service would be back on its feet, delivering mail through rain and snow.

Robert Shorin, Syosset

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