I have to respond to Ron Carlson's letter to the editor on Sept. 12 concerning the United States Postal Service. The post office, I believe, is the oldest business around, and was started by Ben Franklin. I don't know how the USPS is a hardship to Carlson, unless he mails thousands of letters.
Doesn't he know the cost of everything goes up? Compare what gas cost 50-60 years ago to what a stamp cost then. My new ’64 Chevrolet Impala cost $2,800. What kind of car can you buy today for that price? The USPS is not subsidized by the government like the railroad, wind farms or whatever.
Previously, the USPS did experience a profit for three out of five years. The biggest problem is prefunding health care in the amount of $5.5 billion a year, the post office being the only government agency required to do this. I have been told the USPS has over $50 billion for health care to last maybe 40-50 years.
As for delivering two to three times a week only as Carlson suggests, what about people waiting for their medicine? Or are they to wait two to three days longer? Also, for a mailman working only two to three days a week, that would be only a part-time job. Would Carlson like a part-time job and no full-time benefits? I, myself, will not mind paying a dime, quarter, etc., to mail a letter anywhere in the U.S.
I believe the USPS postage is cheaper than most any other country. The USPS also has vehicles, some over 40 years old. It costs money to maintain them. I read once that when gas goes up a penny, it costs the USPS a million dollars. What does Carlson have against the post office? The internet caused USPS revenue to decrease due to email, direct deposits, bill paying, etc., which eliminated mail that required stamps.
John R. Reinert, Bismarck