THE MONITOR'S VIEW
US Postal Service: no more Saturday delivery?
Dropping Saturday delivery is just one idea from a cash-strapped US Postal Service that deserves support from Congress and unions.
By the Monitor's Editorial Board / March 2, 2010
Should the US Postal Service stop Saturday delivery? Most Americans say they can accept this, according to a Gallup poll last year. If only Congress would do the same.
The USPS is in desperate financial straits. It expects a $7 billion shortfall this fiscal year, and, if it does nothing to change its business model, it will see a cumulative deficit of $238 billion over the next decade, according to a postal service projection. It’s been losing money every year since 2007.
That’s why Postmaster General John Potter has outlined several substantial changes to the way the nation’s largest civilian federal agency does business. In the past, Congress has balked at some of these proposals, such as five-day-a-week delivery. But the agency that handles nearly half of the world’s mail needs a freer hand to right itself " not just from lawmakers, but from its union workforce.
Curtail the bulk postal rates they enjoy, if we need a starting point.
Try sending ANYTHING by FedEx or UPS for 44 cents.