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Privatize service

The U.S. Postal Service is like a dinosaur that is eating its own tail. The agency is a shining example of government-run service (e.g., you don’t have to make a profit, just ask Congress for more money) vs. private industry.

This latest 2-cent raise in postage for a simple letter is emblematic of government thinking. The Postal Service’s sales are down because of the increased use of e-mail and electronic transfers and text messages. So what does a government bureaucracy do? They raise (not lower) the price of their service. I’m sure this will greatly speed up the decline in use of the Postal Service.

The move reminds me of the decision by the Postal Service years ago to get rid of its package delivery service because it was losing so much money. As I recall, they sold this business to two small companies named Fed Ex and UPS. Those two are doing quite well, and now there’s a third company that’s entered this now-profitable package delivery business.

It’s interesting how private companies can make money on the same business the government loses money on. Perhaps we should privatize the Postal Service.

Dick Phillips

Alta Sierra

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