- - Tuesday, July 30, 2019

The title of a recent Times editorial is “Reforming the Postal Service” (Web, July 28) — and boy, does the U.S. Postal Service ever need reform. One area where it can begin is efficiency. Thanks to the masterminds at USPS, I may get double charged by my cable company because USPS cannot deliver bills on time. I mailed a payment two weeks ago — way ahead of the deadline — and it has still not arrived, according to my cable company. This is the third time this year that I have had problems mailing payments through USPS.

According to your editorial, Vermont socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders wants USPS to go into the banking business. What on Earth for? So USPS can screw up people’s bank accounts without ever having to be held accountable? Give me a break. Because of its inefficiency on mail and package delivery, people are resorting to emails, and FedEx, UPS and other private-sector firms for their package-delivery needs. You would think that USPS would wake up and see why it is losing business. But it isn’t. Like your piece states, “Unlike the big delivery companies, they’re not making special trips.”

If he wants to drain the swamp, perhaps President Trump and Congress should consider privatizing the regulation of the U.S. Postal Service — and maybe then it will run more efficiently. But the odds on such a privatization are about as good as those of the Washington Caps winning the Stanley Cup next year.

JIM BURNS

Fairfax, Va.



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