- The Washington Times - Sunday, April 8, 2001

The Postal Service has recently increased postal rates again and now it wants to cut Saturday deliveries.

The Postal Service claims that it needs to cut Saturday mail deliveries to save money. But Postal Service officials use a considerable amount of money to pay for advertisements. Who are they competing against, and why? We cannot choose what service delivers our first-class mail.

The Postal Service has a monopoly on first-class mail, and competes with privately owned and operated companies such as United Parcel Service and Federal Express for parcel services. Why is a government agency even competing in the free market? The private sector cannot fairly compete against an organization that has federal backing.

Unless it is privatized, the Postal Service will continue to undermine our free market, sapping tax dollars in return for substandard service. We need competition.


DAVID EDWARD SMITH

Chicago


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