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Saturday, July 27, 2013
True, the postal service is suffering heavy loss of mail volume, generally due to the wide use of email and banks taking care of utility bills. However, these losses could be replaced by profit with a little imagination.
What is wrong with the nation’s thousands of mail vehicles carrying advertising display signs? Millions of dollars could be gained by such a policy.
Further, there is much room in the larger offices for the sale of everything except prescriptions. Why not make use of this space for additional profit?
The USPS is broke because of an antiquated law that requires it to maintain billions of dollars for future retirements. Change the law, make full use of vehicle billboards and start having items for sale other than postage stamps.
If the postal service requires all patrons to pick up their mail at the curb or at the corner cluster box, millions of handicapped people could be severely inconvenienced.
Of course, this so-called saving would cause the layoff of about 50,000 carriers and other postal workers.
JAMES H. RADEMACHER
National Association of Letter Carriers
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