Congress hampers USPS

Posted Monday, Oct. 07, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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I have read in the paper for the last 30 years how the Congress was going to make changes to the United States Postal Service to become solvent. But year after year the Postal Service goes further into debt. (See: “Senators call for shake-up to save Postal Service,” Sept. 27.)

The trouble with the Postal Service is that Congress oversees it. Any time the postal director wanted to make any changes they were turn down for political reasons. Recently, the Postal Director wanted to close unnecessary postal offices throughout the U.S. and cut Saturday service. Congress yelled to high heaven that this was not feasible. The reason no changes were made was these facilities were in their district, and most likely would cause them to lose votes.

The only way the Postal Service will ever get out of debt is to be independent from the control of Congress. If this does not happen, this organization will continue to be ineffective like our Congress.

— Gaetano Mezza, Fort Worth

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