United States Postal Service
By Rhonda Payne
June 14, 2008
In reference to the letter by Robert McRoberts 6/10/08, while
the Postal Service may do some "stupid" things (as
has been the case with every business in America), raising rates
is not one of them. What other service can you purchase that
never raises rates? What other company tells you MONTHS in advance
that the price of goods is increasing (as did the Postal Service)
and then gives you a one year grace period as Mr. McRoberts suggests?
What's wrong with purchasing the additional postage to use with
your old stamps?
The Postal Service is NOT a federal government run company and
must operate using revenue from postage sales. The federal government
actually governs certain aspects of postal operations, in my
opinion, to the detriment of the Postal Service. The Postal Service
has raised rates the last 2 years in accordance with the Consumer
Price Index. What other company can not increase rates to cover
actual expenses and is restricted by the government to stay within
the CPI? The price of gasoline alone is placing a tremendous
burden on the Postal Service. Most companies that require the
use of gasoline are adding a fuel surcharge, the Postal Service
is restricted by government in this respect. They can not save
money by decreasing the delivery days, that's governed by congress.
They can't save money by not delivering to sparsely populated
areas, that's governed by the federal government. The biggest
way to save money is to push employees, sometimes to the breaking
Every post office should have plenty of 3 cent and 1 cent stamps
on hand Mr. McRoberts may purchase in order to use his 39 cent
and 41 cent rolls of stamps.
Yes, we may have done some "stupid" things in the past
(and will likely do more), but raising rates and the manner in
which it was done is not one of them.
About: " U. S. Postal
Service employee for 32 years"
Received June 11, 2008 - Published
June 14, 2008
Postal Service By Robert McRoberts
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