By the Midland Daily News
---- — It’s sad to read about the hundreds of picketers outside post offices (March 24) in an effort to save their jobs.
According to The Associated Press, about 600 U.S. Postal Service employees and their supporters marched in protest at a post office in the Detroit suburb of Southfield, while about 100 from around the state demonstrated in Grand Rapids.
“It’s about saving a lot of jobs,” letter carrier Henry Jaracz said. “I have a customer on my route. He has his own business and he gets payroll checks on Saturday. ... A lot of businesses are open on Saturday and depend on us to deliver on Saturdays.”
It’s sad because it didn’t have to be this way. Had Congress allowed the U.S. Postal Service to take care of its business a long time ago, this day of reckoning would not be upon us.
While we don’t like it as a first choice for saving money, if closing post offices and not delivering mail on Saturday while still delivering packages helps save the postal service enough money to remain a viable concern, then we are all for it.
The times are changing, and not for the good for the Postal Service. More often than not, people are using e-mail and other forms of electronic communication to correspond with family, friends and business acquaintances; many people pay all their bills online.
But Congress needs to get out of the way and let the Postal Service do what needs to be done to pare down its billions of dollars in annual losses. In the past, Congress has bowed down to pressure from the letter carrier unions, well-placed local officials in areas that would see their post offices closed and even newspapers who want Saturday delivery.
But it is no secret that the labyrinth of post offices across the country needs to be pared. The U.S. Postal Service also needs to revamp the way it accounts for legacy costs, such as paying for retirement benefits for people it hasn’t even hired yet.
Call your congressman or senator and let them know that the “public interest” they claim to represent is one that prefers letting the Postal Service employees run their business, not Congress.
Midland Daily News