- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 15, 2010

If the recent analysis by the U.S. Postal Service’s inspector general is correct (“Priority Mail ads don’t fit cost audit,” Nation, Sept. 9), the U.S. Postal Service has been illegally overcharging its customers millions of dollars per year to subsidize competitive product offerings.

With the future viability of the Postal Service very much in doubt - and the service itself predicting accumulated losses of more than $100 billion over the next decade - these findings underscore the need for improved financial transparency to ensure the postal monopoly is not permitted to subsidize the far murkier “competitive” side of its business.

DON SOIFER

Executive vice president

Lexington Institute

Arlington, Va.