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Letters: Save the U.S. Postal Service

Rich Rosselle, a letter carrier in North Babylon,

Rich Rosselle, a letter carrier in North Babylon, demonstrates with other postal workers at a rally against the possible sale of the U.S. Postal Service. They gathered outside the post office on Jericho Turnpike in Huntington Station on Oct. 8. Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp

Employees should rightfully feel threatened by the administration’s plan to privatize the Postal Service. Jobs would be cut and benefits reduced [“Rally for Postal Service,” News, Oct. 9].

I believe that through many elections, too many postal workers and veterans voted for Republican politicians who have proclaimed their desire to privatize. Unfortunately, it may be too late; Republicans control the presidency and Congress. Only pressure on your representatives and thoughtful voting in the upcoming midterm elections may save the Postal Service.

Julian Esposito, Levittown

The Trump administration has created a task force to study the Postal Service, stating the agency is financially unsustainable.

In 2006, the Republicans under George W. Bush required the service to figure out the cost of future retirees’ health benefits and pre-fund them. This was a burden no other federal agency had ever faced.

I believe the ulterior motive was to try to privatize the Postal Service, cutting its revenue and effectively making it raise rates.

The history of the Postal Service extends back to 1775. Although revenue has fallen, in part because of email and the internet, it is still essential, especially for older people, rural areas and most businesses.

It is one of the largest employers of veterans. Mail, in most cases, is delivered efficiently, considering that 493 million pieces are delivered to 157 million points daily.

How is that record, Mr. President?

George T. DeSpirito,Williston Park

Editor’s note: The writer worked for 30 years as a motor vehicle operator and dispatcher for the Postal Service.

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