To the editor:
The Postal Accountability Act of 2006, not Saturday delivery, is an expensive luxury.
I am writing in response to your Feb. 13 “Focus: Postal service” editorial. There is no mention of the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006, which requires a payment of $5 billion-plus a year every year until 2017 from the postal service to fund their retiree health benefits for the next 75 years.
The article says ending Saturday service is a wise business move. What business funds 75 years of retiree health benefits? Walmart is the country’s largest employer. How much do they have saved for retiree health benefits? How much lobbying money went into the 2006 act to cripple the country’s second-largest employer, the postal service, because it has this union benefit? Ending Saturday service will not equal the $5 billion lost each year, but it will make the post office less competitive.
UPS and FedEx do not offer regular Saturday service at the same rates as weekday service. How much lobbying money went into the 2006 act to make the postal service less competitive as a business with its direct competitors?
Email, rather than the 2006 act, is credited with the postal service’s demise. One big difference for me is that the government may not open and read a letter I mail without a warrant. No such privacy right is available for email.
What if the post office could branch out into a secure email with the same privacy as a mailed letter? First, let the post office abandon the business suicide of the 2006 act. Then allow it to branch out into new and profitable ventures. They could benefit all of us.