Letter to the Editor

Shut down USPS

Pismo BeachOctober 23, 2013 

The U.S. Postal Service lost a record $16 billion in 2012. It can only get worse. Here’s my idea: Shut the doors for good. Let UPS, FedEx and the others pick up the slack. Postal workers could jump on board with these delivery companies as they geared up to handle the increased volume.

Just about everyone is wired these days. If they aren’t, they will need to make the plunge. There really isn’t any reason to send bills in the mail. Email should become the vehicle for billing, and bills should be paid electronically, in seconds. Most of us already do that, so there wouldn’t be a major adjustment to make. Magazines are all electronic now. Subscribe online. Most everything else that comes in the mail is junk.

It is estimated that there are more than 200,000 post offices in the United States. The government could sell all of these properties, including furniture, fixtures and vehicles. We could take that money, and rebuild our infrastructure. Put Americans back to work.

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