Poste office woes

Posted Friday, Feb. 15, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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The Feb. 7 editorial, "End to Saturday postal delivery is now a necessity," demonstrates that changes in the post office need viable solutions.

Prices were again raised a cent for regular mail, and even more for flat-rate boxes -- and they are still headed for bankruptcy?

Mail carriers get union wages. If services end on Saturdays, many employees will have a two-day weekend.

On top of that, it seems nearly every national holiday is observed on a Monday, giving the entire union scale-waged post office a nice three-day weekend at the taxpayer's expense! Switch the "no mail" day to Mondays.

At a time when private company employees are accepting less pay in order to keep the business afloat, just as American Airlines flight attendants did years ago, public servants should be willing to make sacrifices and do the same.

It might be time to outsource the mail delivery altogether to save on union pay, or at least let Congress take over the reins and revenue to put the money to good use and bring stability back to the United States Postal Service.

-- Fred Ream, Fort Worth

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