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February 12, 2013 at 7:00 AM

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U.S. Postal Service is losing money

USPS is better alternative to privatized mail

The United States Postal Service is an independent agency of the government and has not received taxpayers dollars since the early 1980s [“Postal service is not meant to profit,” Northwest Voices, Feb. 10].

The USPS functions as an independent company and in 2006 the Congress approved and signed the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act. This bill required the USPS to fully fund future retirees’ health-benefit plan for the next 75 years, and to do so within a 10-year period.

No other government or private-sector business is required to do this. It’s obvious as the nose on your face what that group in Congress want to do, and that is to completely privatize the USPS. If they succeed, the cost to mail anything will be a big gouge in our pockets and we will then be begging to bring back the USPS, and happily accept no mail service on Saturdays! Unfortunately, it will be too late.

--Judy Easterbrooks, Seattle

Congress should correct future retiree fund

The Postal Service is a good public service [“USPS still to deliver packages Saturday,” page one, Feb. 7]. Since 2007, nearly 80 percent of its financial losses have been caused by a congressional poison pill. In 2006 USPS was required to pay $5 billion annually for 10 years to fund 75 years of future retirees’ health benefits. This is outrageous.

Congress should correct this situation, strengthening the USPS, maybe refund its money. Please no privatization.

The majority of Americans still depend on the mail, especially those without means to purchase a home Internet connection, who use expensive Federal Express or who live in rural areas. The USPS is efficient and has widespread support. Call your congresspersons in support.

--Billie Cairns, Sammamish

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