There are other ways to turn around USPS finances

2013-06-25T00:00:00Z There are other ways to turn around USPS finances
June 25, 2013 12:00 am

On the surface, Bernice Grant's June 18 column, "Five-day mail delivery will save USPS $2 billion," reads impressive. Who would not want to save a couple billion dollars?

A closer examination shows the proposal from legislator Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., chairmen of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, would further erode the USPS, not just eliminate five-day delivery.

The "delivery point modernization" would change from door-to-door mail delivery to "centralized delivery," meaning mailboxes clustered at a single location.

The USPS has 5,000 remote locations with satellite service. Expand that into a handy consumer service offering high-speed broadband. Sell products and services that are now banned. Examples -- cellphones, fishing licenses, notary service. 

Let us not forget the USPS is owed more than $81 billion Washington refuses to acknowledge, money we all contributed to each time we purchased a stamp.

- Carl A. Bernacky, retired letter carrier, Dyer

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