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American Opinion: On the Postal Service

An excerpt from recent editorials in newspapers in the United States:

On the Postal Service:

From The Associated Press

The groundwork is set for elimination of a six-day postal delivery rate, and, if the U.S. Postal Service statistics are accurate, it's no longer a matter of making rate increases that Congress can stomach.

The postal service is requesting an increase to a 46-cent stamp, effective in January, along with other rate increase proposals. The stamp raise represents a 2-cent increase and it's a drop in the bucket compared with the deficit the postal service faces.

Estimates are the increase would generate about $2.5 billion, while the postal service faces deficits of $7.5 billion projected for each of the next two years. ...

The postal service, as a private business, knows the decisions it faces, but it must have its major policies, such as closures and service cuts, approved by Congress. Congress has shown an inability to make tough decisions about service cuts ...

... Unless the postal service is permitted to make changes in its basic services to reflect the needs of the nation today, the time will come when this former federal agency won't be able to pay its bills and another federal bailout will be looming. ...

The time has come to cut and change postal services.

-- Herald-Star, Steubenville, Ohio

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