- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 8, 2011

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

The problem with the U.S. Postal Service is that the government-run mail service has been too slow to adapt to changing business realities (“USPS far from dead letter, its chief says,” Web, Thursday).

No private company has to wait out a two-year slog through the legislative branch to implement changes to business practices crucial to continued operations, but this is precisely what the Postal Service will be doing as it attempts to reduce deliveries to five days a week. In fact, not many private companies could afford to suffer the multiyear, multibillion-dollar deficits that the Postal Service racks up.

Perhaps it is time to consider legalizing competition in first-class mail service. Let competing business models and practices battle it out in the free market to determine the level of service Americans are willing to accept and what they’re disposed to pay for it. Consider the innovative delivery method recently launched by Amazon.com, wherein you get an email that your package is ready to be picked up at your leisure in a secure locker located within your neighborhood 7-Eleven.

Whether the future of mail service lies in customer pickup or in a limited-delivery scheme, it is clear that a single government agency possesses neither the flexibility nor receptiveness to customer demand to deliver anything but bills to our mailboxes.

VICTOR I. NAVA

Washington

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