USPS needs to be saved because it is so vital to country’s economy

Letters to the Editor


To the editor:

The United States Postal Service is on the edge of bankruptcy.

As far as I can tell, much of this stems from the decision made in a previous session of Congress to force the USPS to fund its healthcare and retirement packages for the next 75 years.

The USPS is codified in the Constitution and is vital to the economy of the United States, both at the micro- and macroeconomic scales. Unfortunately, I can see only one motive for this attempted slaughter: privatization.

That such a vital service (and the second largest employer of veterans in the United States) would be on the chopping block to give UPS and FedEx profitable and private control over Americans’ mail is appalling to me. That more economically viable options like postal banking, which are both profitable and practiced in most other developed nations on the planet, aren’t even being considered? That is sickening. And Congress’s seeming apathy during a pandemic, when Americans are more dependent on the USPS than ever, is disgusting.

I implore U.S. Senators Roy Blunt and Josh Hawley and U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner to work toward the continued existence and expansion of the Postal Service and to resist privatization at the expense of average Americans.

Robert Lancaster